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Clarksville Parks and Recreation has new programs to help at-risk youth and adults


Clarksville Parks and RecreationClarksville, TN – Clarksville Parks and Recreation will begin hosting programs at all three community centers in the New Year to help reach at-risk youth and adults.

The Burt-Cobb Community Center will begin the Dream Chasers Group Mentoring Program on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013.  Dream Chasers is focused on helping at-risk youth, ages 13-17 in a small group atmosphere and will meet weekly from 4:00pm until 5:30pm at the Burt-Cobb Center.

Due to the sensitive nature of the topics covered in this program, a parental consent form must be signed in order to participate.  Dream Chasers will feature not only small group discussion and guidance with the Dream Chasers mentors, but also presentations by guest speakers, teen summits conducted by representatives from the L.E.A.P. Organization, workshops conducted by Miller-Motte Technical College and sessions conducted by professionals from Centerstone on preventing substance abuse and will promote making healthy and informed decisions.

The Kleeman Community Center will begin the Making a Difference Program on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013.  Making a Difference focuses on an abstinence approach for middle-school aged children to prevent teen pregnancy, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.  This eight-week program emphasizes that young adolescents should postpone sexual activity and that abstinence is the only way to eliminate 100% of the risk of pregnancy or disease by providing participants with knowledge and confidence.

Making a Difference will meet each Wednesday from 3:00pm to 4:00pm at the Kleeman Center. A parental consent form is also required to participate in the Making a Difference program.

The Crow Community Center will begin the Be Aware Program on Monday, January 28th, 2013. Be Aware focuses on preventing and reducing the onset of substance abuse and HIV/AIDS among young adults ages 18-34. This four-week program will empower young adults to rethink the ways they view substance abuse and HIV/AIDS transmission and will be given the knowledge and skills to avoid both. Participants will learn how to avoid risky behaviors, refusal skills as well as how to make healthy and informed decisions.

The Be Aware program will meet each Monday from 1:00pm to 2:00pm at the Crow Center

For more details on these or other Clarksville Parks and Recreation programs, please contact the Clarksville Parks and Recreation at 931.645.7476 or visit




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