Woman’s vision of positive alternative for teens takes shape with Christian nightclub

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It’s been an ongoing problem at the Country Club Plaza – teens roaming around at night and getting into trouble. The city has addressed this with Mayor’s Night, but one woman is offering another alternative.

Lashona Washington has been dreaming for four years of opening a Christian nightclub. Power House is another place where teens can be teens without the trouble of drugs and alcohol.

"It's a positive alternative that the youth needs at this time so they don't become a product of their environment or what their parents did. It's a new change, new direction," said Washington.

A popular hangout for the youth at night is at the Country Club Plaza. But too many fights and arrests fuel a persisting problem.

"When they get kicked off, it basically kicks them into trouble. And kicking them to basically harm or to do whatever because they are not being accepted anywhere," Washington said.

Thirteen-year-old Ariess Jackson says what’s happening at the Plaza gives all teens a bad reputation. It’s something she hopes will change if more places like Power House open.

"It's a good thing to do because the youth needs somewhere to go when there's trouble involved," said Jackson.

The nightclub is only open once a month. Friday night it's open for adults 18 and up. Saturday is for the 13-to-17 year old crowd. There's also a $10 cover fee.

The night will start with Christian hip-hop and gradually shift to worship music as the night continues. There will also be an open bar serving only virgin drinks.

It’s taken Washington nearly $3,000 of her own money and church donations to make this dream a reality. She says it’s all worth it.

Doors open at 9:30 to 12:30 Friday night. Saturday night, the club operates from 8 p.m to 11 p.m.

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  • Diana Reichardt

    I think this is a great idea. The problem in this day and age is that everything cost so much. When I was 15 we could and did go to our local community center for “Teen Town” . It ran from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. They also had a version for the younger ones (12 to 14) on Friday afternoons between 5:00 PM and &:7:00 PM. For the ones that were restless they could go downstairs and play pool or basketball. This is what is need for young folks. Good luck with the project. Just remember, there always a few who will want to come in and ruin for the others. Just watch out for those folks and sent them packing. Again, good luck.

  • Aaron

    Great. A club either none of the hoodlums will go to; or they will get it shut down. Too bad their parents didn’t provide enough home training so they could act decently in public.

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