In 1997, Mr. Henry Davison founded the HD Youth Center. Working parents in Cedar Rapids’ core neighborhoods needed a safe place for their children to go after school. Those children also needed academic and social support. For years, the HD Youth Center has provided those types of supports, and more, free of charge to all who have needed them.
In 2008, the Youth Center was destroyed in the flood. Mr. Davison, his board, and countless volunteers from the community worked to rebuild the HD Youth Center in its new location on Mount Vernon Road SE. Thanks to the overwhelming support given by so many, the Youth Center continues to provide a safe, structured and supervised after-school and evening meal program for at-risk youth in Cedar Rapids. The Youth Center serves children ages 5-17.
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The mission of the HD Youth Center is to develop responsible community members and leaders through meaningful and engaging activities.
This mission is achieved in numerous ways.
After School, Early Dismissal and Inservice Programming…First, a safe, structured and supervised after-school and evening meal program is provided. This after-school program serves children ages 5-17. All children MUST be enrolled in order to participate in this after-school program. If your child was enrolled before May 4, 2015, that does NOT mean that they are still enrolled. In order to provide a safe, structure environment, enrollments will be limited to 35 children. Enrollment forms are available online or can be picked up at the HD Youth Center, located at 1445 Mount Vernon Road SE.
Annual Events… Three annual events are organized and sponsored. The goal of these events is to strengthen families and improve the general well-being of Cedar Rapids youth and the youth enrolled in the program.
- Easter Egg Hunt…This annual event is sponsored by the HD Youth Center and is a fun way for families to get together and have some fun! Registration is NOT required. The event is frenzied, fast and free, and is open to the public.
- Backpack & School Supply Distribution…The greater Cedar Rapids business community really comes together to collaborate to give children the supplies they need to start school. The HD Youth Center works closely with Cedar Rapids Rotary West, Salvation Army, Olivet Mission, and countless others to purchase, organize and distribute nearly 2000 backpacks full of school supplies. This event is free and is open to the public.
Summer Meal Program…The HD Youth Center has partnered with the Oak Hill Jackson Neighborhood Association, Horizons Meals on Wheels and a number of businesses to provide lunch and activities to students all summer long, from the day after school is out to the end of the summer, just before school starts again. This program is free and is open to all children, ages 0-18. Enrollment is not required in order to receive the free lunch that is offered. The program runs from 11:30-1:30, Monday through Friday. Enrollment IS required to participate in activities after lunch. Children who were enrolled in the summer activity program and who had good behaviors and regular attendance will be allowed to enroll before others. Summertime enrollment will be limited to 50 children.
Please click the annual events tab for event descriptions.