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Philippi Youth Center Facing Down-Funding Woes

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Code Blue Youth Alliance is hosting its "Share the Glitz" event this weekend, but it's also looking for some help when its current grant runs out.

Staff members at the Code Blue Youth Alliance on Main Street in Philippi open the center on Friday nights for area youth. This Friday, they were getting ready for Share the Glitz this weekend. Share the Glitz will provide a chance for middle and high school girls to get a prom dress at steep discounts, and plan much of their big day.

"It's going to be a fun-filled day, we're going to be doing beauty tips, etiquette lessons, positive image lessons, manicures, we're going to have vendors set up," said coordinator Traci Malcolm-Rexrode.

While events will continue through the summer, the center's board is looking ahead to fall and a loss of one of its major funding sources. A three-year Department of Justice grant will run out in September. But WorldVision, which works with the center, said the board is being proactive about finding a solution.

"It is a concern, but we have given the Code Blue board different strategies and implemented different things to help them, things that they can use and utilize to keep it going," said WorldVision's Jennifer Downs.

And in the meantime, Malcolm-Rexrode will keep the center running each week. She said it provides an important service to the kids that can't easily be replaced.

"They see the same faces, maybe not every Friday, but they see the same faces repeated throughout the month, and that makes them feel like they are worth coming here and spending time with," said Malcolm-Rexrode.

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