First we looked for an affordable place to meet. Once we found it, we negotiated an affordable price. We partnered with a non profit organization called IMAGINE NATIONS and sent letters of support to many people sharing our vision for the youth of my city and my high school. The response was overwhelming and we had more than enough money for three months, supplies and furniture. We also received many donations, especially furniture.
We started meeting on Sundays and now THE PLACE is open 5 days a week with multiple community groups meeting there, each one meeting a need. Young Lives educates and supports teenage parents, Imagine Nations meets there on Sundays and challenges kids to make positive choices from the inside out, the college students are meeting there to support each other and consider mentoring high schoolers, the gang counselors are meeting there to help kids make better decisions. We just started, but we are expecting great results.