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Kids deserve Compassion

We equip youth for today and empower them for life.

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The Salvation Army ensures kids are equipped with the tools they need to succeed, which starts by meeting their basic needs.

But, providing a safe place to play and a warm bed to sleep in for youth is just the start. We take a holistic approach by providing programs with life-long impact such as character-building programs, summer camp opportunities, sports activities, music education, mentorship and more. At the core of all that we do for youth, fighting for them is synonymous with sharing God's love and grace.

What empowering youth looks like:

The Learning Center

The Learning Center is a free, referral based after school program for students in grades 1 through 6 enrolled in Wadsworth City Schools. Students are referred based upon academic need as determined by classroom teachers and guidance counselors. Students receive homework help, as well as small group tutoring in the areas of math, reading, and writing. The program runs Monday through Thursday 3:30pm-6:00pm.

Camp NEOSA

For many kids, summer camp is the first time they will see the world outside of their neighborhood. Each year, we enable thousands of children from low-income families to enjoy fresh air, exercise and new friendships through our annual summer camp programs. This camping experience is more than just a few days away from home. Here, children learn new skills and self-reliance. Trained counselors who understand their emotional needs and problems help them mature and grow. Camp activities include learning to swim, scouting, arts and crafts, music development and sports. Click here to learn more about Camp NEOSA.

Care Team

Care Team is a referral-based after school program for 7th and 8th  grade students at Wadsworth Middle School. The program is equal parts academic assistance and social emotional lessons. Students are referred to the program by teachers through the guidance staff at the middle school.  Students attend the program, which is housed in the Wadsworth Middle School building, Monday-Thursday. The “Care Team” is a group of professionals who meet bi-monthly to discuss the progress and needs of the students in the group. The team consists of Salvation Army staff, Wadsworth Middle School guidance staff and administration, the school resource officer, and Medina County Juvenile Courts. The goal is to provide wrap around services to our students and best serve their needs. 

Dance, Art and Music

The arts are being cut from schools facing budget restraints or treated as an elective. We disagree.

Music, dance, and art are crucial for youth development and enrichment. Our diverse programs offer instrument training, painting, drama, dance, poetry, and more.

Character-Building

Building character starts young and helps determine who a child will become in life. Our programs help develop a child's unique personality and individual strengths, based on Biblical principles.

Girls can attend Moonbeams (preschool to Kindergarten), Sunbeams (first through fifth grades) and Girl Guards (sixth through 12 grades). Boys can attend Moonbeams (preschool to Kindergarten), Adventure Corps Explorers (first through fourth grades) and Rangers (fifth through eighth grades).

Mentorship and Family Support

At The Salvation Army, we provide counseling and teaching assistance to empower kids of every age. A critical piece of this is our ability to recognize what level of assistance is needed, which varies drastically depending on socioeconomic conditions. We work closely with parents to develop trusting relationships and encourage support that continues at home.

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