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Inspiration Center Officially Open To Cambridge Community

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CAMBRIDGE, Md. – It's been almost a month since a massive cocaine operation was taken down on the Eastern Shore, with the alleged ringleader operating out of Cambridge.

It's one of money reasons the city is working to push their young minds in a different direction, and Wednesday may have been an important start.

"I hope that we are able to inspire some of the youth in this community," says Carlos Wilson, director of the Inspiration Center.

Years ago, Wilson and some volunteers started after-school programs, and unofficially opened the center. On Wednesday, they decided to make it official, naming the center after the mayor of Cambridge, Victoria Jackson-Stanley.

"This is the most humbling experience I've had since I was elected back in 2007," says Mayor Jackson-Stanley.

"We did not realize how big of a success the community center was going to be," says Wilson. "Now we are ready to introduce the center to the community at large."

The center has a brand new, free program with Chesapeake College for adults to get the tutoring and skills they need in order to get their GED. It also has a number of after-school initiatives, including a "Second Step Program," which is an anger management and conflict resolution program, and a "Freedom Writers Program," to promote expression through writing, and not gang violence. Organizers say the many opportunities provide outlets that some children severely need.

"There's a lot of single parents, grandparents raising their grandkids, peer pressure, no dads in their life," says Wilson. "That's just a lot."

"It's warm, the colors are beautiful, there's computers and a television rest area, but it's a learning place and place for them to really gain that confidence that they will need as they grow in our community," says Mayor Jackson-Stanley. "This will be a place that they can gain not just knowledge but insight on how it is to be a productive citizen in our community."

So far, more than 80 kids are involved with the center, which Wilson hopes to grow. Mayor Jackson-Stanley says she also hopes the center is the first of many to open up across Cambridge. However, that depends on one big hurdle, funding.

"The funding to house something like this for our children has been the challenge," says Major Jackson-Stanley. "If you put money into the community for the children they will flourish and grow and give back."

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