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Risdal Center for Great Futures

Teens Need Our Support

Young people are in need of a safe space to go after school. While some have access to care, the local need greatly outweighs the capacity.

As one of the only after-school providers that intentionally serves teens, we believe in the importance of a dedicated space, exclusive to middle and high school youth.

  • According to the Missouri DESE, 1,200 middle & high school-aged youth in Springfield are identified as unstably housed
  • Nearly 15% of local students seriously considered suicide in 2020, according to the Missouri Student Survey
  • Many teens suffered from poor mental health during the pandemic due to stressors such as job loss, hunger and even violence

We anticipate serving 1,000+ teen members, improving grades, attendance and social and emotional skills along the way.

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A safe, meaningful environment

The Risdal Center for Great Futures would serve as a community hub for all teen needs, offering targeted, life-changing programs in a variety of areas such as:

  • The Arts
  • Workforce Readiness
  • Education
  • Sports & Recreation
  • Health & Wellness
  • Character & Citizenship

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The Details

Adding a campus-like atmosphere to Grant Avenue Parkway

The Teen Center will be housed on Grant Avenue Parkway, an off-street pedestrian and bicycle pathway along Grant Avenue between Sunshine Street and College street— right in the heart of Springfield.

Opening Late 2024/Early 2025

  • The Teen Center began planning in July 2021
  • The first $1,000,000 towards our goal secured in October 2021
  • The initial committee was formed in November 2021
  • By April 2022, our location was secured and initial renderings were drawn up
  • Our Capital Campaign kicked off in Fall 2022
  • Construction is planned to begin in Late 2023

Our Partnerships Aiding the Center:

  • DHTC Development LLC - An affordable 41-unit housing complex will be located next to the Teen Center to provide resources, access and more
  • Foster Adopt Connect - Providing programming that helps with direct access to case management, foster care resources and emergency shelter
  • eFactory - Providing entrepreneurship resources, courses and opportunities, ensuring members of the Teen Center will have access to all the support necessary to become successful leaders
  • O'Reilly Hospitality Management - Providing jobs, training and learning opportunities for Teen Center members and families to aid our REACH: Workforce Readiness program,
  • Springfield Public Schools - Aiding us in bridging academic gaps, supporting Teen Center members academically and encouraging students to become life-long learners

What Will It Cost?

The Capital Campaign Goal is $12,000,000. Let's break that number down:

  • Hard Costs: $175 - $200 per square foot, or $8,750,000 - $10,000,000 total
  • Soft Costs: $450,000 - $600,000
  • Land Cost: $400,000
  • Operating Reserve: $2,000,000
  • In Total: $12,000,000

We have already secured $7,000,000 of our goal!

Help us to make the Risdal Center for Great Futures a reality by contributing today!

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