Anderson Teen Center fighting to remain open

POSTED: 4:53 PM Jul 25 2013
ANDERSON, Calif. -

The Anderson Teen Center is facing some financial struggles after the Americorps program lost funding due to those federal sequestration cuts. As a result, the center will be closed at least through the summer.

The center not only lost funding but also personnel. As of now the center is closed for summer but that hasn't stopped them from interacting with teens in the community.

They still hold special events, like camping and they are working with different partners to fill the gap of time when they are closed, but they are still concerned about the future.

The center offers teens help in different areas of their lives, from simple advice to different activities.

Betty Futrell, the executive director of The Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council of Shasta County, said many teens have gotten off the streets with their help.

"Businesses were constantly complaining about the youth hanging out on the streets, riding their skateboards in front of their place, sitting on the curbs,” said Futrell. But ever since the center opened seven years ago, Futrell said that problem has diminished.

If you would like to help the Anderson Teen Center, we have more information here.