DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Teach, inspire, mentor, and encourage are the four building blocks of the brand new non-profit organization Time Youth Impact Center.
The Time Youth Impact Center was founded by Nathan and Keni Patterson, a couple from Georgia who previously worked in multiple neighborhoods and parks to help at risk kids.
“We just felt like it was time to make a faith move so we said, hey let’s open up a center where we can be more consistent with these kids so we can grow one another, and we can show them God’s love at the same time,” Founder Nathan Patterson said. “And just our goal is just to love these kids and show time and share God’s love.”
The center has two programs for kids, one for ages nine to fourteen that offers tutoring, devotion, real life discussions, and outside speakers.
The second group is the teen to work program, which is ages 14 to 19. This program helps with job applications, resume building, and self presentation.
“Then we cover financial literacy with them,” Founder Keni Patterson said. “Like when they do get out in the workforce like what are they going to do with their money, like savings and credit.”
This center is more than just a place for kids to learn new skill sets. It is also a place for them to feel safe and a place for them to grow.
“These kids have just it just brings joy to me and my wife,” Nathan said. “We just love the way that they’re just prospering through just spending time and love with them.”
Time Youth Impact is open to everyone and is completely free, as Nathan and Keni want people to know that everyone is welcome.
“Sometimes it’s just time and love that can make just as much as an impact especially with the youth,” Nathan said.