Housed in a loft, the Landfall Teen Center has been the community gathering point for older youth since 1999. Teens helped renovate the space, and have provided input on staffing decisions. They created and managed a haunted house that have become part of Landfall’s community fabric. Teen Center programming provides computer access, cooking and art activities, sports and fitness programs, field trips, school, job and career guidance, and leadership development opportunities.
Teen Center programming and staff have had a strong impact on participants. Teens report that they have learned how to work better with peers, have input on programming, take pride in what they have accomplished, and feel like they have made a difference in the community. Youth cite staff as being respectful and approachable, and stress the importance of education and planning for the future.