CHICAGO (CBS) — Whether it is a game of basketball or a few hours of homework, the Kroc Center Teen Zone gives young people a place to hang out after school.

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“The center provides a safe haven for people within the community, but also an opportunity where they can develop and flourish,” said Program Development Officer Darlene Harvey

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Harvey says the center offers structured activities, not only for teens but for the whole family.

“We also see this as an inter-generational facility where dreams are birthed for our young people and where they are nurtured and cultivated so that they can become reality,” said Harvey.

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There is homework help, a cultural exposure class, a teen sports club and a creative writing club. 250,000 people live within a three mile radius of the Kroc Center and more than a third is under 18.