BANGOR — The Bangor Region YMCA will be opening the doors to its new Teen Center on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The Bangor Region YMCA Teen Center is a youth development center with a focus on relationships between peers and caring adults, community service and volunteerism, educational engagement, safe spaces and psycho-social well being.
The Grand Opening will be from 5-6:30 p.m. at 17 Second Street. A special presentation will be made at 5:30 p.m. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by Monday, Feb. 11 by calling the Y at 207-941-2808.
The Teen Center will offer numerous interventions to support youth in the greater Bangor area including the Interact Leaders Club, Youth & Government, Teens to Work, Support Groups and a low barrier drop-in center open to kids ages 12 to 18 years old.
“Our community told us loud and clear that our teens desperately needed a safe, nurturing space where there are no barriers,” says CEO Diane Dickerson. “We are proud to be able to provide this for our community. Not only will we be providing space for teens to hang out and socialize and free programs to help teens think about their future, but we will also be able to help our community fight the battle against the opioid crisis and collaborate with professionals to help prevent teen suicides.”
The Bangor Region YMCA Teen Center would not be possible without the wonderful support of The Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation, The United Way of Eastern Maine, The City of Bangor, Y-USA Character Development Learning Institute, The Penobscot County Foundation, The University of Maine School of Social Work, People’s United Bank, BerryDunn and the dedicated YMCA staff and volunteers.
For more information about The Bangor Region YMCA Teen Center, contact Jennifer Laferte-Carlson at jcarlson@bangorY.org or 207-941-2808 x 331.