The Reach to Teach Learning Center has a new home.
The new location is at 114 S. Washington (next to Hugo's).
The program is sponsored by Anointed Life Saving Ministries, Inc. Ayanna Shivers, founder and chairperson of the ministries said they are excited about the opportunities in store for them with the new location.
"Although our primary purpose for the center is learning; we are looking forward to providing a safe-place for our youth to hang out with friends, especially teenagers who are looking for things to do," Shivers stated.
"We are also looking forward to hosting different programs and events in our new space for Mexico's finest (our youth)," Shivers said.
The name of the new center is Ty-Land: The Youth Spot.
Reach to Teach is an after hours tutoring program held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday and Thursday. Before moving to its new location, it was held in Garfield Community Center. Jackie White is the director of the program and has 15 volunteer tutors to help her. The program is always in need of tutors, especially math tutors.
The targeted age is middle school and high school, but Shivers said they will accept all ages. "If they need help we are here," she said.
Students can come any Monday or Thursday when they need some help, no matter what the subject. In the future, Shivers said they would like to help HiSET and help high school students prepare for their ACT tests.
Shivers said it is the goal for the group to have the center open on weekends starting in March. "Currently we are working on donations to support our efforts." Anyone wishing to make a donation may email it to email@example.com or mail it to PO Box 891.
Upcoming events planned at the center include Black History Month Celebration which will consist of Saturday matinees starting at 2 p.m. on Feb. 10 and Feb. 17. The last weekend will start with Black history Exhibit that will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, and 11 a.m. on Saturday Feb. 24. The activities will include black history trivia and performances such as singing, dancing, recitations and/or small skits and the showing of the documentary: "The Children's March." The events will conclude with a Sunday matinee.
Finally, March 10 will be the second annual Pioneer Awards Banquet.