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TCU Foundation Grant Supports New Youth Center

Known as The Outlet, the center received $5,000 to start an after-school program to provide students ages 13 to 18 with enrichment activities and mentoring. Such programs bring a wide range of benefits to youth, families and communities. 

A $5,000 grant from the TCU Foundation will support the new Fulton County Youth Center, Inc., known as The Outlet, which will provide after-school programming for young people in the community.

The Outlet, to be located at 602 Main Street in Rochester, plans to open in October and serve students ages 13 to 18. The center’s goals include helping young people improve organization and study skills, providing them with enriching activities and healthy snacks, and connecting them with supportive mentors.

“As more kids face after-school hours without productive activities and appropriate supervision, the need for a youth center like this has increased,” said The Outlet’s President Jason See. “The TCU Foundation grant provides invaluable support as we open our doors and implement our initial programming.”

According to research from the U.S. Department of Education, regular participation in after-school activities has been shown to boost attendance rates and improve academic outcomes for all students, including those facing social and behavioral challenges.

“Because after-school programs play a vital role in supporting young people academically and socially, the TCU Foundation is proud to help support an essential community resource like The Outlet,” said TCU’s Rochester Service Center Manager Bethaney Bauman. “Making a difference in the lives of young people is a vital part of the TCU Foundation’s mission.”

To donate to The Fulton County Youth Center, Inc. – The Outlet, please contact Jason See at outletyouthcenter@gmail.com.