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Alive Center branches out to Eola, brings free Teen Drop-in hours to Aurora
By: Alive Center NFP
Both organizations recognize the power teenagers hold to represent and shape their community. Alive's teen-created mission is to be a teen-led, teen-driven center focused on empowering the youth of today to become the impassioned, resilient leaders of tomorrow. Alive is a Teen-Led Teen-Driven program that was designed to empower the local youth by creating a supportive space for teenagers to innovate, while instilling leadership skills and confidence into younger teens and tweens.
"The partnership with the Alive Center is a natural one. Both the library and the center work to empower teens through arts, academics, and community connections. Working together, our resources multiply and our reach is deeper" says Daisy Porter-Reynolds, Executive Director of the Aurora Public Library.
The Aurora Public Library was officially opened in 1882, and currently serves a diverse population of over 200,000 residents. The library's 2017-2020 strategic plan includes goals titled School Success, Feed Your Imagination, Express Creativity, and Welcome to America. Library staff are currently on track to fulfill all goals set by the strategic plan. The library prides itself on providing a wide variety of services and events to appeal to all users.
The Alive Center's free drop-in hours provide unique programming for local students to come together to learn, create, and socialize in a safe, welcoming, supervised environment. During the critical hours after school and over summer vacation, Alive's program provides teens with free tutoring, mentoring, classes and workshops on a variety of topics such as leadership, career development, healthy cooking, art and music, drug prevention and awareness, anti-bullying and cyber safety information, community service projects, STEM, media, and more. The majority of these programs are teen-led and teen-driven to make them most relevant for the younger teens while giving the older teens a place to lead and innovate.
Alive Center CEO Kandice Henning says that "This is the first of what we hope will be many Alive Centers. Our Teen-Led, Teen-Driven model is lean and truly empowers the full range of kids, from high school to junior high, to privileged and at-risk. We are very impressed by the results we have seen to date and we want to share our model with others."
The Alive @ Eola Drop-in program and tutoring are free of charge and available to all 6th – 12th graders. Parents can pre-register their kids here: https://alivecenter.recdesk.com/
Contact: Jules Prokop