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.