South End Teen Center
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The South End Teen Center is available to any young person in the Greater Waterville area in grades 6-12. It is designed just for teens and is a great place to meet new friends or hang out with old friends in a safe and caring environment.
The South End Teen Center operates in collaboration with the Alfond Youth Center and is a satellite unit of the Waterville Area Boys & Girls Club. We are located at 5 Libby Court on our Waterville KVCAP Campus. Our hours are 2:30-5:30pm throughout the school year. During the summer we offer Summer Blast Trips throughout the month of July.
Youth supervision is provided by a full-time Teen Center Coordinator, part-time Teen Center Assistants, in addition to work-study students and volunteers from Colby and Thomas College.
What we offer:
• Structured programming to help youth make safe and healthy decisions
• After school snacks daily-- 2 hot meals weekly
• Community service projects
• Homework Club where staff and volunteers are available for help
• Life skills/Community involvement
• Video games and TV
• Pool table/ Foos ball table/ arts and crafts
• A full computer lab for homework and personal use
• Special events and field trips
During the summer school vacation the teen center is not open for drop in services. We do offer the following program components/activities during the summer.
Summer Blast is a series of trips to a variety of recreational sites in Maine during the month of July. Pre-registration is required. Full day trips include lunch.
Summer Lunch Program provides a box lunch to school aged children/youth Monday-Friday throughout the summer. The lunches are delivered daily by the Waterville Public schools and they must be eaten at the teen center.
South End National Night Out Festival is coordinated by the South End Neighborhood Association and is held at the Green St. Park on the second Tuesday in August. Several teen center youth volunteers help with the event, including operating a “children’s game” section at the festival.
We also work in collaboration with Youth Matter www.youthmatter.net to implement the following program:
• Youth Empowerment to Employment – YETE is a two-phase program for high school youth who live in Waterville. It uses the Career Launch curriculum to help youth identify their career interests and the Money Matters curriculum to increase participants’ ability to successfully deal with finances. Youth also participate in an 8-week summer internship with a local business that matches their career interest. All youth who complete the entire program earn one high school credit from Waterville High School. http://www.youthmatter.net/YETE.html
For more information, please contact the South End Teen Center Coordinator, Stephen Soule, at 873-5621, or Michele Prince, Community Initiatives Director at 859-1583.
Funding sources and collaborative partners: