Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Another tangent, but a worthy one

Hi, folks!  Sorry about having another tangent, but I believe this is for a very worthy cause.

One of my friends from high school is part of Waukegan Lighthouse, a group that wants to start a teen drop-in center in our hometown of Waukegan, Illinois.  Pepsi is having a contest where the top 10 ideas will get $50,000 grants.

From their Refresh Everything page:
Our mission is to provide a positive choice for the teens of Waukegan, something that they can take pride in and be themselves.  The center will offer a counseling center, compter lab, tutoring center, workshops, music practice rooms, social area, games room as well as much more. Let the Waukegan Lighthouse provide a beacon for self discovery to help facilitate healthy choices for today and the future.  The center provides services for youth 6th grade thru 12th.

Waukegan is a large town between Chicago and Milwaukee that has been through many ups and downs over the years as industries have changed.  I recently came across a video done last year that nicely sums up what has happened.  It's called Rockegan, and it's about 5 minutes long.

In any town there is a need for teen centers like the Waukegan Lighthouse, but since this is my hometown, of course I'm going to be a bit biased.

Pepsi's Refresh Everything voting is open throughout June, and you can see on the site what the current rank is every day.  As of this writing, Waukegan Lighthouse is ranked 131.  They have a long way to go, and I'm hoping you will check them out and vote every day.


  1. I voted! Great idea, thanks for alerting me! :)

  2. I also voted. Gotta get the kids off the street.