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New facility provides safe after-school location for local teenagers
Contact:Robin Albert, Director, Youth & Family Services970-668-9180, Robin.Albert@SummitCountyCO.gov
SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit County Board of Commissioners cut the ribbon on the new Summit County Teen Center Wednesday, opening the community’s first public drop-in facility for local middle school and high school students. The center is located on the lower level of the Summit County Commons building in Frisco, adjacent to the Division of Motor Vehicles office.
“For more than a decade, we’ve been dreaming of having a dedicated space for teens to come hang out, do homework and participate in various programs and activities,” Summit County Youth & Family Services Director Robin Albert said. “We’re absolutely thrilled that we’ve finally been able to fill this void in our community.”
The Summit County Teen Center is open from 2:30-5:30 p.m. on Mondays and from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. It is open to all Summit County youth in grades 6-12. The center will have free activities, healthy snacks and games. Teens can drop in and leave on their own schedules, without any sign-ups or reservations. The only requirement is a one-time registration, which includes submission of a waiver signed by a parent.
“There are a lot of kids in our community who don’t always have a good place to go during that critical period between the end of the school day and their parents’ arrival back home from work,” Summit County Commissioner Thomas Davidson said. “The new Teen Center is a stable, supervised environment that will further our work to support youth in making healthy choices that set them up for success.”
The Teen Center is supervised by Summit County Mountain Mentors program staff, who are all trained youth-development professionals. They will lead scheduled classes and activities at the center, and they’ll be available for unstructured time, such as help with homework or informal conversation and activities. Teen Center staff will occasionally organize special activities at nearby locations, such as the Summit County Animal Shelter and Frisco Adventure Park.
“We pride ourselves in hiring enthusiastic, engaging staff who excel at connecting with youth,” Albert said. “These are the kinds of people students look forward to seeing at the end of the day and with whom they’re comfortable sharing what’s going on in their lives.”
The Teen Center will be closed on most major holidays, but it will host special activities and events on certain school holidays and weekends. The center will not be open any time Summit School District has canceled school and/or after-school activities because of adverse weather conditions.
The establishment and operations of the Summit County Teen Center are made possible in part by grants from the Colorado Department of Human Services’ Tony Grampsas Youth Services Program and The Summit Foundation. Summit County provides the facility, which formerly housed the Summit County Motor Vehicle Office.
For more information on the Summit County Teen Center, including registration, visit www.SummitCountyCO.gov/TeenCenter.