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In recent years there has been an increase in the number of teenagers and young adults living in an area of northeast Raleigh off of Capital Boulevard. Unfortunately, this part of the city does not have a facility to foster positive interactions and constructive activities for young people. To address this shortcoming, the City of Raleigh is opening the Northeast Outreach Center at 4544 Capital Blvd. in the Mini City shopping center.

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An open house for the new facility will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 17. The event also will include a dedication ceremony that begins at 11 a.m. The public is invited to attend.

The Northeast Outreach Center is a project of the City of Raleigh’s Community Oriented Government (COG) initiative. COG is a philosophy in which citizens and various departments within City government work together as partners toward enhancing the overall quality of life in a community. It has been successful in reducing crime and resolving other issues in neighborhoods across Raleigh. Local businesses and other community stakeholders also contributed to the Northeast Outreach Center.

Housed in space leased by the City of Raleigh, the Northeast Outreach Center will offer a safe place for teenagers and young adults that includes positive community events, activities and programs such as basic computer classes. Officers from the City of Raleigh Police Department will be available at the facility to maintain a stronger presence in the surrounding neighborhoods and to serve as mentors to youth and young adults visiting the outreach center.

“Through partnerships with City departments and community stakeholders, the goal of the Northeast Outreach Center is to provide easily accessible opportunities for positive youth engagement, to encourage citizens and local businesses to participate in community improvement, and to provide an overall improvement in the quality of life for both residents and businesses in this community,” Police Sgt. D.L. Bond said. Sgt. Bond helped develop plans for the Northeast Outreach Center while leading a community policing squad.

For more information about the Northeast Outreach Center, contact the City of Raleigh’s Marsh Creek Community Center at 919-996-4920.

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