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New Community Center To Mentor Youth

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MEDFORD, Ore. — Two Rogue Valley organizations that aim to mentor kids are teaming up to build a new facility. On Monday, demolition of an unused building in Medford marked the first step in construction.

Rogue Valley Youth For Christ and Hearts With A Mission hope the new City Life Community Center will give Medford children another place to go if they seek guidance outside of school. The Campus Life Center near North Medford High School is one of four Rogue Valley centers for children and teenagers to go after school. Freshman Justin Lillman has been in the program for about a year and goes several times a week.

“Growing relationships with more people and getting to know and following God and everything,” Lillman said.

Monday, demolition was underway as a fifth center is now in the works; this one more focused on the Medford community as a whole. Executive Director of Rogue Valley Youth For Christ, Bud Amundsen, thinks it will make a big impact.

“We may have hurting kids that don’t know where to go to find the assistance they need,” said Amundsen. “We have adults that want to engage and want to help in their community, but aren’t sure how to do that.”

Amundsen says the goal of the new City Life Community Center is to connect the guidance of adults to the needs of local children.

“Provide a hub really in our community for loving and caring adults to connect with kids who are hurting and struggling in this neighborhood and really in the city as a whole,” Amundsen.

A portion of the new facility will be shared with Hearts With A Mission allowing them more space to work with. Lillman says being a member of the North Medford Campus Life Center has made a big impact.

“Here, there’s not a lot of people and you can connect more, instead of like a big program where you don’t really get one on one time,” Lillman said.

Officials with Rogue Valley Youth For Christ say they are hoping to have the doors of the new facility open later this year.