Last Thursday, Nathan Chrisman, Director of The Cleft, presented a vision for a youth center to the the Xenia Area Merchants Association. The Cleft is an outreach center for youth. It is intended to provide opportunities for students to grow as individuals and community members. When completed, the facility on South Detroit Street will offer tutoring, counseling, mentorship, and opportunities for community service. Currently, the organization has a community service program running at Xenia High School, and also offers assembly programs on issues facing teens, such as drug and alcohol abuse, violence, and depression. It is not owned or run by AHOP as many people believe, but is run independently by Mr. Chrisman and one other staff member and many volunteers. Financial sponsorship comes from numerous churches, businesses, and community members. Additional financial support is needed to complete renovations and pay for operating expenses. To donate, or for additional information, call 937-671-4060 or visit www.thecleft.org.