WE HAVE A BUILDING
Recreation programming will be the center of all services provided at the Lounge. Opportunities for activities like creative arts, music, sports and dance are essential for young people, supporting identity formation, skill-building, leadership, connectedness, self-esteem, and healing all while providing safe activities and places for youth to be.
At the Lounge, young people will learn key skills in obtaining and retaining employment. To help secure job opportunities, LYTE staff are currently developing relationships with employers throughout the city and will also hire youth for a range of staff positions within the organization.
BUILDING OUR COMMUNITY
LYTE Collective will support young people as they pursue education goals that will increase, over the long-term, their potential for economic stability and personal fulfillment of their dreams. Education programming at the Lounge will include assistance with adult basic education, literacy, high school enrollment, GED completion, and college admission.
A central part of our mission is to ensure that youth have what they need to be safe. While young people are visiting the lounge, they will have access to meals, showers, laundry, storage and more. Also, the Lounge will always be staffed by clinically-trained professionals available to connect youth to safe housing and provide mental health support, and community providers will regularly be onsite to provide physical health services and legal assistance.