ABOUT THE LAUNCH PAD
The Launch Pad started as an idea that developed as a response to a series of community meetings regarding the needs of teens in the Quad City Area. With youth participation and voice, representatives from youth organizations and local schools, a strategic planning team was formed and The Launch Pad opened it’s doors for minimal services in November of 2013. A local church, though not related to The Launch Pad, has been willing to let The Launch Pad utilize a room in a spare building for a few hours a day at the cost of utilities. Through this opportunity The Launch Pad has been able to bring teens together through after school programming,
recreational games, workshops, and community events. The space at the local church is merely temporary, as The Launch Pad teen leadership board and board of directors are working vigorously to open their doors in a permanent location in the near future.
What the future holds for The Launch Pad
The future is bright for The Launch Pad. In their permanent state of the art building, The Launch Pad will have a dance floor, stage, music production studio, an art studio and workshop space, a commercial kitchen, a cafe, computer lab, classrooms, conference room, a roller rink, outdoor space, offices, and a game room. At the permanent location The Launch Pad will be able to offer mental health care services, community workshops, and academic tutoring. The Launch Pad will also offer fun programs and workshops on topics like music production, visual arts, writing your resume, applying for colleges, cooking and nutrition, creative writing, building your own skateboard, and more. The future location of The Launch Pad will be a “one stop shop” for youth, where you can come after school to find everything from a quiet space to sit and do homework, to a rowdy room to play games in, volunteer opportunities to sign up for to interesting clubs to join in on. The vision of The Launch Pad and all it will offer is a community vision, inspired by long meetings, surveys, and interviews with parents, teens, and community members. Our dreams are big and they are achievable, especially with your help. Go to our Help Out page to find out how you can be involved.