New Community Center for Teens in N. Fargo

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FARGO, ND (Valley News Live) – A new community center is coming to the N. Fargo area, aimed at giving teens a place to grow and learn after school. On February 12, the ‘After School Matters Community Center’ will open on 19th Avenue N.

“Great opportunity, we were so lucky to be able to offer this to our youngsters.” said Faith Dixon, the founder of the new center.

Dixon has put together a team of individuals and groups to provide students with a positive environment for them when school is out. An example is Revolution Records, a recording studio in Fargo. Paul A. Shields is responsible for this and will work with the children on the different paths they can take in music.

“Just give them an outlet and a chance for them to be kids and have fun with it,” Shields said. “But at the same time, know that you can achieve anything you want. So to be able to put all that into everything I do is a dream come true.

In the new center, students will be able to use a full kitchen to immerse themselves in, as well as dance and art studios. According to Dixon, they will even have CNA training available. For Dixon and his team, they set out to provide a safe space for teenagers.

“Follow your passion, it will tell you who you are and what you will do in the world.” said Tekeema Shields.

“I say it all the time, the next star will come out of here,” Dixon said. “The next doctor, the next lawyer, the next R&B rapper star. The next dancer. The next leader will come out of it. So I’m thrilled to be able to offer this to our community and we can’t wait to get it up and running. »

An example of what they have to offer can be found upstairs. Up there is a dedicated music studio, complete with recording booths and instruments. Paul A. Shields first walked into a recording studio at the age of 19 and saw how much music has shaped him. Now he wants to do the same and offer this to children. Shields also knows he can be a role model for teens through music.

“It’s fulfilling, I can almost cry a little thinking about it, like you said man, I’m an emotional guy. I love music,” Shields said. “Music has always connected me, but being able to give back to the kids man is like the greatest gift.”

Dixon also pointed out that a metal detector is installed at the center and that security will also be there to keep students safe.

Dixon and his team are still in need of more donations for the After School Matters Community Center as they seek to add a computer lab, furniture and other equipment. For more information on how to donate to them, Click here. The new center is also part of the February 10 Giving Hearts Day event. To donate, you can Click here.

The new center is at 1321 19th Ave. N. Fargo, ND 58102.

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