Community matters: Angel’s Youth Center presents “Taking it Back!”
URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) – Teen violence has crippled so many families, left hearts empty, and given organizations new ideas on how to combat the flood of pain in our communities. But these same organizations, like Angel’s Youth Center in Urbana, refuse to accept this as the future of our young people.
Angel’s Youth Center, an Urbana non-profit organization, is proud to provide children in our communities with an alternative to the destructive violence that has gone on for far too long. They also aim to bridge the socio-economic gaps that form to show children that there are no limits. Especially when it comes to their future.
That’s why AYC President Angelica Johnson stopped by with her mother and Vice President Pastor Angel Johnson. We were also joined by AYC Director of the Mom and Pop Parenting Class, Jeshona Drake. All three took to the Morning Show to share an impassioned plea to end teenage violence.
That’s why the non-profit organization has launched “Taking it Back”, a play that will be directed by young people. Children between the ages of 13 and 18 are invited to play the roles in the play, which Pastor Johnson says will be eye-opening and life-changing for everyone involved.
“The play deals with the day-to-day issues of our youth in our community. We’ll take care of that. They deal with problems daily. We will bring it to a format of peace and understanding. Get them out of there. They may have worries, they may be frustrated. But come to the side of peace and let us help you,” says Pastor Johnson.
Auditions for “Taking it Back” begin April 20 and it will be a summer production. This means that parents who need a positive place for their children to develop their skills, connect with others and avoid violence will have one. All you have to do is sign them up on the Angel’s Youth Center website or by emailing their team.
Angelica, Pastor Johnson and Jeshona are all God-fearing, God-led women who are joined by a team of like-minded volunteers and community members who want to see violence lifted from our communities. Volunteers are also being sought for the play, including for staging, media-related positions and more.
To learn more about Angel’s Youth Center and all they offer our young people, click on here.