Local businessman Nathan Patterson felt the need to give back to his community. That calling recently came to fruition with the opening of Dothan’s Time Youth Impact Center.
Patterson, a Dothan native, founded T.I.M.E. Youth in 2015 as a faith-based mentoring program for young people in the community. With the addition of the property for the center, located at 1047 S. Oates St., the young people in the Wiregrass now have a fun place to go after school.
While there is plenty of fun to be had with games and other activities like arts and crafts to get those creative juices flowing, there is also structure, learning, and devotionals. In fact, T.I.M.E. is an acronym. It stands for: teach, inspire, mentor, and educate.
Carrying out the Mission
Dothan’s Time Youth Impact Center carries out it the principles of T.I.M.E. through four main programs. After School Mentoring provides tutoring for students ages 9-14 Tuesday and Thursday from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. They also have access to computers and the Internet for research and other activities.
Youth in Action is a community outreach program that demonstrates the importance of serving your hometown with projects like cleaning up neighborhoods to create a positive impact.
The Literacy Development program encourages reading and rewards participants for reading a certain number of books and writing a short essay on them.
The fourth program is Teens to Work, which is a job readiness program for teens ages 14-19. It prepares students for the workforce and connects them to potential employers. Every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. the program revisews skills like greeting an employer, completing an application, creating a resume, and being interviewed.
All About Time and Love
On the website, Patterson states he wanted to give back what he felt was given to him at an early age setting him up for success—time and love. As the executive director of Dothan’s Time Youth Impact Center, he is able to offer both with the help of the staff, volunteers, and community partners that all share the center’s vision.
If you are interested in discovering ways you can get involved with T.I.M.E. Youth, visit them at www.timeyouthdothan.org.
Demonstrating how to give back and be an active part of change in a community takes a community like the one at the center. At Meadow Ridge, we also pride ourselves on community—and we’d love to have you as a part of ours. Find out more about us and the surrounding area by visiting our blog.