One of Lexington’s most diverse and economically disadvantaged populations live in the Woodhill neighborhood. Most of Woodhill’s elementary age students attend Breckinridge Elementary where almost 80% of its students receive free or reduced lunches. This is significantly higher than the state average. Housing conditions and employment opportunities are ailing. Criminal activity and drug abuse are traps for neighborhood youth. Additionally, this area is home to an increasing refugee and immigrant population. There is a great need of strong programming and mentorship for the children youth and families in Woodhill neighborhood.
Based on Isaiah 61:1-4, is to proclaim good news, bind up the broken hearted, release freedom and comfort to children youth and families in distressed neighborhoods like Woodhill. Our faith based approach to investing in their lives returns the promise of scripture that they will REBUILD, they will RESTORE and they will RENEW their community.
To give the kids of Woodhill a place they can call their own… A place where they can find hope… Where they can feel welcome and safe… Where they can realize their potential to GROW, SUCCEED, and to LEAD.
Together Lexington Leadership Foundation (LLF) and the MAP Foundation, seek to address many of the present needs in Woodhill through the building of a 20,000 square-foot facility due to open late spring 2017. The Woodhill Community Center will focus on ACADEMICS, ARTS and ATHLETICS for the community’s urban children, youth and families expanding the number we serve with this permanent location.
The center will provide creative opportunities for children and youth to experience the arts through on-site crafts with volunteers, partnerships with other groups like On the Move Art Studio, music through our recording studio and more. The facility will have several multi-purpose rooms to run projects for all ages. Additionally, the space will make possible programming throughout the year.
The center will be a place where children and youth working in concert with caring volunteers, can work on homework completion, one-on-one reading in one of several classrooms, increase computer literacy and learn new skills like coding in the technology center, utilize the library for study and meet with mentors in the family room.
The regulation sized gym and the exercise areas of the center will allow staff and volunteer supervised physical education opportunities for children and youth. LLF has conducted numerous camps and sports leagues over the years and has seen the positive impact athletics can have in the lives of youth and families.
Together, the MAP Foundation and LLF have engaged more than 4,000 children, youth and families over the last 10 years. We have implemented multiple city-wide youth programs including:
Serving over 600 children in one to one reading at more than 9 sites.
Matching over 500 children and youth affected by incarceration with a mentor.
Developing after school program for homework help recreation, and life skills at multiple sites across the city.
Reaching over 1,000 dads, engaging them in positive parenting classes and economic stability programing.
Our strength has always been the volunteers and partners who recognize the great need urban youth and families have and answer the call. We invite you to join us in this great endeavor. You can have a hand in the heart of the city.