A Light in the Darkness: Volunteers Offer a Safe Place for Inner-City Kids

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-- We’re in our fifth week of the 2014 and Huntsville Police investigators are working their sixth homicide. 

The recent wave of violent crimes centered around inner-city neighborhoods leave many feeling hopeless, but for volunteers at the Huntsville Inner-City Learning Center, it makes the work they are doing even more important.

"These kids are at risk, and it takes our community to help raise them, give them the ability to achieve greatness,"  Huntsville Inner-City Learning Center founder Art Leslie says.

Leslie founded the outreach program seven years ago with the goal of providing at-risk children the opportunity to maximize their interpersonal skills and academic capabilities.

The Huntsville Inner-City Learning Center provides tutoring, mentoring, dinner and social services to the students and their families. On a first-come basis, transportation is provided to students living in the Public Housing Sector.

Kids play games at the Huntsville Inner-City Learning Center Tuesday afternoon. (WHNT)
Kids play games at the Huntsville Inner-City Learning Center Tuesday afternoon. (Matt Kroschel WHNT)

The programs of the learning center are geared to help at-risk students learn the skills they need to advance in school instead of dropping out. With the work of a dedicated staff and a very diverse group of volunteers, the learning center is attempting to break the cycle of poverty by helping to keep inner-city youth in school.

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