Heart for the City has been working tirelessly to do whatever it takes to raise up a new generation that challenges the physical, psychological, intellectual, social and emotional walls that trap inner-city youth. They do this by working with the WHOLE kid. Not just through sports, not just through education, not just through mentoring, not just through job training—but, a program that breaks down the walls in all of these dimensions of an at-risk youth’s life.
Heart For the city works with the whole kid, one kid at a time
Java Grounds is a coffee house unlike most, in that it is a non-profit workforce development center. Java Grounds provides steady jobs for at-risk youth. It is a place where they can learn job and social skills and are taught strong work ethic in a safe environment.
The community garden is a place where kids are presented with instructions on nutrition and gardening. This garden benefits all parts of the community as a place to grow vegetables, a venue for community events or a destination for local schools' field trips.
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Low-income, inner-city kids usually cannot afford to play club ball--which is now the primary avenue to college scholarships. Heart for the City provides the coaches, transportation, all the protective equipment, as well as drinks and food for practices and games.
Our programs provide a safe haven for inner-city kids while having fun playing sports, board games, air hockey, pool or working on computers for homework. We feed the kids and have a planned activity every day.