KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After its big grand opening on Friday, a brand new Christian nightclub aimed at keeping teens out of trouble welcomed a younger crowd Saturday night.
Dozens of kids ages 13 to 17 cut loose at the Power House off Baltimore Avenue in Kansas City’s Crossroads district. The focus of the club is to give teens a safe alternative to popular, and sometimes dangerous, weekend hot spots like the Country Club Plaza.
The teen nightclub is the brainchild of Lashonda Washington, an avid churchgoer. Through church donations and raising thousands of dollars on her own, Washington was able to temporarily rent a production studio in the Crossroads for two nights out of the month.
She hopes to give kids a place to hang out away from drugs, alcohol and violence that she says too often erupts among young people during the summer months.
“I thought it would be good for them to have a positive alternative where they can go out and still have a good time with a positive atmosphere,” she told FOX 4. “They can praise the Lord, they can come have fun, have drinks, beverages, food and live music, bands, DJ, everything, a photo booth, just for them!”
Entry into the nightclub costs $10 bucks, with Friday open to people ages 18 and up.