News release from the Fort Wayne Area Youth For Christ, dated July 21, 2011 – see the webmaster’s note at the end of this post:
The Crossing Educational Center & Fort Wayne Area Youth for Christ launch new school to reduce high school dropout rate
New accredited alternative school opens July 25 in YFC Primetime Community Center
(July 21, 2011) – The Crossing Educational Center and Fort Wayne Area Youth for Christ (YFC) are partnering to provide tuition-free education to help transform the lives of area students who have “fallen through the cracks” of the local public school systems.
On July 25, The Crossing Educational Center will open a new Fort Wayne campus in YFC’s Primetime Community Center, 3701 S. Calhoun St., across from Southside High School. It will provide tuition-free education for students in grades 9-12, regardless of whether they’re currently enrolled in a school or have dropped out.
The Crossing is an accredited, faith-based, alternative high school in Indiana, focusing on students who have not been successful in a traditional school environment. The Crossing Educational Center currently has 11 campuses throughout Indianaâ€”spanning from South Bend to Butler to Frankfortâ€”and contracts with over 20 Indiana school corporations.
“We’re excited to join forces with Youth for Christ in Fort Wayne. This partnership allows The Crossing and YFC to provide a more complete array of services to our struggling youth. By locating our school at Primetime, The Crossing can offer kids a second chance at a high school diploma in an environment that surrounds them with a comprehensive support system through Youth for Christ,” said Rob Staley, executive director, The Crossing Educational Center.
Larry Lance, executive director, Fort Wayne Area Youth for Christ, said the partnership provides YFC yet another avenue to fulfill its mission of “pursuing and impacting youth.”
“Imagine it,” said Lance. “We’ll provide a quality education for youth during the school day and then provide them with an array of after-school programsâ€”including tutoring and mentoringâ€”as well as give them opportunities to participate in trips and events through YFC’s City Life program.
“Together, we’ll be connected to more teenagers who need a helping hand and mentoring but, more important, love from a trusted friend,” said Lance.
Although the Fort Wayne Crossing begins school on July 25, students can continue to enroll through mid-September. To receive free tuition, students must enroll by September 16.
To apply, contact The Crossing’s corporate office at 574.226.0671 or visitand complete the Intent to Enroll form.
About The Crossing Educational Center
The Crossing Educational Center is an accredited, faith-based, alternative high school in Indiana, focusing on students who have not been successful in a traditional school environment. The Crossing currently has 11 campuses throughout Indiana and contracts with over 20 Indiana school corporations. To learn more, visit .
About Fort Wayne Area Youth for Christ
Fort Wayne Area Youth for Christ is one of the top 10 ministry centers in the U.S., serving students in 10 high schools, 14 middle schools, 2 juvenile facilities and Primetime (urban center) in Allen, Huntington and Whitley Counties. The ministry is solely supported by donations of individuals, churches, corporations and foundations. To learn more, visit .
Above is a video of The Crossing’s Executive Director Rob Staley, talking about their approach at Glynn Hines’ State of the 6th District event earlier this year.
Webmaster’s note: I have several news releases from various organizations sitting in my inbox. Part of the mission of this blog is to keep a historic running record of the goings on in Fort Wayne. To that end, even though they are out of date, I am including this older news release.