Programs

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Programs

The Teen Center offers an unstructured drop-in center as well a variety of structured programs and activities for youth grades 5th-12th.  Many of the programs are available free of charge though some activities do charge a nominal fee to cover material costs and transportation.  

 

Examples of programs;

-Babysitting Training Classes with Red Cross

-Arts & Crafts

-AMPT Leadership group (Adolescents Making Programs for Teens)

-Cooking Club

- Job Corps (helping to give youth job opportunities)

The drop-in center is available free of charge after school and on weekends for two separate age groups, 5th-8th graders and 9th-12th graders.  The drop-in center includes the Teen Center lounge and computer lab; youth will generally have access to the lobby and gym.  Occasionally the gym and lobby are reserved for other programming and the schedule varies weekly.  At this time, the lobby and gym are to be used by the designated age group only.  Participants are allowed to come and go up to five times per day.  Staff is not responsible for teens when they leave the Teen Center.  Parents/guardians are expected to discuss with their teen when it is appropriate to leave the facility and with whom.

 

Structured activities are offered on weekday evenings after 6pm and are open for participants of all ages, grades 5th-12th.  Structured activities include Adolescents Making Programs for Teens (AMPT) which meets on Monday.AMPT is the Teen Center advisory council which plans community service projects, social events and encourages leadership development. 

One evening a month offers opportunities for community service including youth representation on the Board of Directors and the Prevention Coalition.  Wednesday evenings will also have monthly guest speakers and other educational opportunities. 

Thursday evenings offers a session-format for a nominal fee; youth can sign up for a 6-8 week long series including topics such as cooking, sports, filmmaking, arts or theater.