7024U board members discuss the hiring of a director for the youth outreach center at a meeting Tuesday. Brandon Messick - Daily Press

7024U board members discuss the hiring of a director for the youth outreach center at a meeting Tuesday.
Brandon Messick – Daily Press

By BRANDON MESSICK

Daily Press Staff Writer

Artesia’s 7024U at-risk youth project plans to open its doors in early January after two years of planning and organizing.

Development of the project began in September of 2011 with the intent to offer a range of programs to assist at-risk youth between the ages of 12 and 17 by exposing them to alternatives, options and other means of productivity that will potentially keep juveniles out of trouble.

7024U will offer education in the arts and vocational training, including instruction in freestyle performing, creative design, community outreach via its leadership program, and will even provide a vegetable garden in which members of the program can help grow food they will be able to sell at the local farmers’ market. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.