ROSEBURG, Ore. -- One local organization is trying to spread the word about what they do, and they're enlisting eight bands to do so.
The Youth Outreach Center on Jackson Street in downtown Roseburg is a place for teens to hang out.
They can hop on a computer, watch TV or just relax.
But it's more than just a building, it's a place for homeless and at-risk teens to go where they know they'll be safe.
It's run by people who've been there before. Kasi Clausen, the YO Outreach Coordinator, told KPIC News about her past, and how the program could have helped her situation. "I was a runaway at 13-years-old, and I ended up in the wrong hands," she said. "If there would've been an outreach program in Roseburg, I probably would've went there and got some more help that I actually needed."
Harry Mullins, the YO Administrative Manager, says he had a similar childhood, and now wants to do what he can to help kids going through the same things. "I was a homeless kid, finished high school as a homeless kid," Mullins said. "I avoided going to jail because of a police officer who gave me a real good break on a felony case. For me, it's just kind of a mission of giving back."
The Youth Outreach Program, also known as YO, has been in Douglas County since 2008.
Organizers moved into their new building on Jackson Street in February, and they're trying to get the word out about the center.
So this Saturday, they're going all out. "We're going to have a concert in the street and there's going to be a lot of people coming together and sharing what they're passionate about," said Max Smoot, the YO Art Director.
The concert will take over the 700 block of Jackson Street.
The event will feature eight different bands, four heavy metal and four hip hop artists.
The show will start at noon and run through 10:00 p.m.
Everyone is welcome to attend and the event is free. "It's a change," Clausen said. "It's something different, and I feel that the kids are really going to have a good time. And this is for them. And I just wanted something that was different and exciting and something that could bring them all together."
If you want to help with this weekend's event or just the Center in general, you can contact them at 541-492-1472.