Second youth service center to open in troubled Crown Heights

Second youth service center to open in troubled Crown Heights
North County Lifeline will provide youth and family support services at a second location in Crown Heights. The new building on the corner of Brooks Street and Division Street will open in May. Photo by Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — North County Lifeline got the OK from City Council on April 17 to expand its youth and family support services to a second city building in the Crown Heights neighborhood. 

This comes as good news to the community where a teen was stabbed to death in January.

The agreement allows North County Lifeline to use the city building at 402 Brooks Street rent-free in exchange for providing youth and family services to the community.

“The site’s in very good condition,” Donald Stump, executive director of North County Lifeline, said. “It has a nice outdoor playground area that’s great for younger kids. We’re so excited and so appreciative of the generosity of the city of Oceanside.”

North County Lifeline currently runs after-school and financial education services at the Crown Heights Community Resource Center at 1210 Division Street. Expansion to a second annex building will allow space to serve more children and provide additional family services.

“The Community Center is highly overcrowded,” Stump said. “With future funding we’ll expand the after-school program.”

Stump said the move to the annex building would start in May with relocation of financial education services to the new site. This move will enable the first site to accommodate 30 more children who are currently on the after-school program waiting list.

“The (financial education services) program is taking up a big room,” Stump said. “We’ll utilize it and take kids off the waiting list.”

In July parenting classes and daycare provider instruction will also be given at the annex location. The goal is to educate parents and increase quality childcare in the community.

By September, youth after-school services will be split between the two locations with children ages 7 to 10 at the annex location and teens at the Community Center site.

“We’ll expand programs to help teens and kids on the fringe and have more space get us there,” Stump said.

North County Lifeline currently serves more than 150 children ages 7 to 17. There are 150 children on its program roster and 50 children utilizing its programs daily.

 

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