Congressman Goodlatte Visits West End Center for Youth

Rep. Goodlatte with Micavion (left) and Craig (right).
Rep. Goodlatte with Micavion (left) and Craig (right).

In keeping with the implementation of West End Center’s latest ‘Leadership Initiative’, Rep. Bob Goodlatte stopped by on Monday, November 28th to demonstrate to the children just how important the development of these skills can be.  Joy Parrish, the Center’s Executive Director provided a tour of the facility, highlighting the specialized tutoring and life-skills programming that they provide.

“It was an honor to visit with the staff and students of the West End Center for Youth, a local organization that provides an invaluable service to our community, particularly to our at-risk youth,” Rep. Goodlatte said.  “They offer a real alternative for these students by creating a positive environment in which they can learn, play and thrive. I commend the staff of the West End Center for their tireless work and the students for their incredible successes.”

The role of leadership is critical in meeting presently emerging and future challenges in the Roanoke Valley. To meet this challenge, the West End Center for Youth has embraced a new leadership development curriculum which identifies important processes, skills, and opportunities that promote leadership in all students at all grade levels.  This program is producing results, with 93% of the Center’s youth passing both the math and reading sections of the Standards of Learning exams.

West End Center is a non-profit organization that provides after-school and summer-time programs for over 200 at-risk youth a year.  For further information visit