Moab City Manager Donna Metzler told the Moab City Council on May 28 that city staff has been aware for some time that the center would likely lose the grant. She said that the number of teens using the facility is not high enough to compete for the $30,000 grant.
To make matters worse, when the center’s new budget was drawn up, organizers mistakenly added the grant money twice, Metzler said, essentially leaving a $60,000 hole in the current operating budget.
In response to the funding loss, the center might be forced to cut back on the drop-in service currently available to kids age 12 to 18. The service is free and was developed to address "an increasing need for teen-focused community programs,” according to the Moab Community Action Coalition’s website. Metzler said the center has a pool table, a foosball table and computers, as well as other activities.
Amy Stocks, director of Club Red, said she does not plan to close the drop-in program altogether. Instead, she’s hoping to use the loss of the grant as an opportunity to re-evaluate how the center can be changed to best fit the community’s needs.
“Right now participation is pretty low,” Stocks said.
While participation at Club Red generally has its ups and downs, it has steadily declined for the last four years, Stocks said.
“We need to re-establish ourselves as something more effective for the community,” she said.
Stocks said she is hoping to get local teens more involved in the operation of the center, including planning activities as well as fundraising, so the facility will appeal to a larger population of teens. She is also hoping to get the community more involved in Club Red by raising awareness about the center and the services it offers to teens.
“We’re in the process of asking community members to contribute,” Stocks said.
Metzler said the center will continue to offer planned programming such as dances and movie nights.
Anyone interested in becoming involved or contributing to the center can contact Club Red at 259-9991.