Huxley Freedom For Youth Ministries hosts art fair

Barb McBree, Cambridge/Huxley Correspondent
Huxley Freedom For Youth Ministries hosts art fair

The Freedom for Youth Center in Huxley held an art festival and carnival on Saturday.

Jessica Evans, Freedom for Youth Ministries north central regional manager, said the Freedom Fair is a fundraiser and outreach event to make the community aware of the programs available to youth.

“It’s an after-school youth employment training program and we focus on faith, education, employment and leadership in all the programs we do,” Evans said.

The ministry, which is based out of Des Moines, began statewide non-denominational ministries throughout Iowa five years ago. Evans said the Freedom for Youth ministry is now set up in six locations throughout the state.

The Huxley site is based out of the Freedom Blend coffee shop on Highway 69 in the strip mall near Subway. Krystal Hubin, site director in Huxley, said students made handcrafted items to sell at the arts festival as part of a ministry to teach money management.

“Each item has a label with it that states what the student is saving up for,” Hubin said.

Inside the Freedom Blend coffee shop, tables were filled with paintings and crafts for sale. Amber King, a junior at Ballard Community High School, said she’s saving for camp and to donate money to a charity to fight children’s cancer.

“My brother had cancer and he won that battle, but I know what it’s like to fight cancer and I want to help other kids,” King said.

The Freedom for Youth Ministry opened just over three months ago in Huxley. Hubin hopes to increase participation and is available to speak to churches, local businesses and organizations about volunteer and partnering opportunities.

For more information about the ministry, go to www.freedomforyouth.org. You can contact Hubin at khubin@freedomfor youth.org or at 330-780-4828.