Alice Cooper had a thought 20 years ago. He realized “Alice Cooper,” the artist, attracted teenagers.
“Now these teenagers are my age,” he said with a laugh in Los Sombreros in South Scottsdale.
“When we were kids, if you got in a fight with somebody, you got a bloody nose and a black eye. The next day, it was over. Now that could mean somebody finishes the job with a gun. Then, people were busted for beer. Now, they get busted for heroin.
“What these kids are facing is 10 times more than what we were facing as kids.”
Realizing kids ages 12 to 20 are living in a “far more dangerous world,” he and his wife, Sheryl, started the faith-based Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Teen Centers. It strives to make a difference in the lives of teens by helping them meet the spiritual, economical, physical and social needs of teens by offering a safe environment—along with free music, art and dance lessons—during non-school hours.
“I think a teenager’s worst enemy is too much time on his hands,” added Cooper, who was involved in cross country, music and the school paper at Cortez High School in Phoenix. “Whereas, if they discover a talent they have, they can explore that at Solid Rock.”
As part of his 73rd birthday wish, Cooper has partnered with Los Sombreros to invite fans to eat enchiladas to support his teen centers. Throughout February, a portion of the proceeds for all enchilada orders will be donated to the nonprofit.
“You can really see how the Lord works,” Cooper said about the partnership. “He just suggests something in the back of your head and then let you work on it."