Three community spaces will offer teen programs this summer as efforts begin to shape a long-awaited permanent space designed by and for teens
On Friday, June 10, Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and Somerville Public Schools Superintendent Mary Skipper announced that the town will open three temporary teen spaces to support young people in Somerville this summer.
“The community has been calling for a teen center in Somerville for decades,” said Mayor Ballantyne, “and our teens can’t wait. We heard feedback from students in a variety of places. They told us they want safe, fun and accessible spaces where they can be themselves. They want options all over town for all teens to enjoy. We have heard their feedback and are providing three temporary spaces while we explore longer term possibilities. »
This summer, three locations will be available for teens, spread across the city:
- Somerville Public Library (SPL), Central Branch (79 Highland Avenue): The Central Library’s Teen Room offers manga, comics, and popular teen fiction in a welcoming and comfortable space. Summer programs include weekly lawn games, video game nights, a summer reading challenge with prizes, and more. Find more information at somervillepubliclibrary.org/teens. Open during library opening hours. 13 years and over.
- Edgerly Education Center (33 Cross Street): from Monday, On June 13, the Edgerly Education Center will offer a space dedicated to teens with crafts, snacks, games, and more. Enter from the Otis Street side. Open weekdays, 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. From 14 years old.
- powder keg To park (838 Broadway): from Tuesday, On July 5, teenagers are invited to spend summer afternoons at the powder keg Park building. Stop by for food, activities, creative programming and more. Open weekdays, 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. From 14 years old.
For a map of the sites open this summer and more information, go to somervillema.gov/teencenter.