AHM Teen Center celebrates end of school year

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Tue., May. 28, 2013
AHM Youth Center Director Joel Rosenberg (front) and Teen Center/Parks and Recreation employee Gus Billard grill hot dogs and hamburgers for an end of year party at the Teen Center on May 24. Photos by Melanie Savage.
AHM Youth Center Director Joel Rosenberg (front) and Teen Center/Parks and Recreation employee Gus Billard grill hot dogs and hamburgers for an end of year party at the Teen Center on May 24. Photos by Melanie Savage.

A Memorial Day weekend party on May 24 marked just about one year since the AHM (Andover, Hebron, Marlborough) Teen Center started offering a safe environment for young people to have fun with their peers. The afternoon event featured a cookout, and music by local band Dino and the No Names, composed of RHAM High School students.

The Teen Center is open throughout the school year, Tuesday through Thursday, from 2:20 through 6 p.m. “The majority of the kids get here by about 2:30 or so,” said Teen Center Coordinator Josselyn Salafia. Transportation from RHAM to the center is provided on a daily basis to students who have registered.

The Teen Center features games, two pool tables, foosball, computer stations with Internet access, three video game systems (Xbox 360, Game Cube and PS2), music, board games, television, a snack shop and an area to read, relax with friends, do homework and arts and crafts. Outdoor activities include a basketball hoop. Teens are free to hang out, or participate in a variety of daily activities. There are also special events planned.

“We had a pool tournament, movie nights, a holiday party this year,” said Salafia. And there are more events in the works. Salafia said that a Teen Center Advisory Board, which includes both middle school and high school students, has been working on ideas for next year’s agenda.

“They’ve come up with a whole bunch of different ideas,” she said. Next year there will be monthly geocaching events, “Because there are so many different places you can go,” said Salafia. Destinations will include Gay City State Park, the Airline Trail and Burnt Hill Park, to name a few. There will be concerts and afternoon coffeehouses, field trips and more.

For teens looking for something to do over the summer, AHM offers Adventure Camp, taking place from June 24 through Aug. 2. Salafia said that twice-weekly field trips will include Lake Compounce, Six Flags and Brownstone Adventure in Portland. Non-field trip days will make use of the Teen Center to offer a variety of activities including games and crafts.

The Teen Center is open to youth from the towns of Hebron, Andover and Marlborough attending grades 7-12. Adventure Camp is open to grades 7-9, with field trips available to grades 10-12. For more information about the Teen Center go to http://ahmyouth.org/programs-and-services/after-school-activities/ahm-te.... Register for Adventure Camp by going to the Hebron Parks and Recreation office at Burnt Hill Park, 148 East St. Call 860-530-1281 for more information. The Teen Center is located at 25 Pendleton Drive.


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