The town of Somerville will offer three spaces dedicated to teenagers this summer


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 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.
Each site will provide teens with space to relax and socialize, as well as events and activities, connections to services, and access to City social workers. The sites will operate through Somerville Public Schools, Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of Health and Human Services, and Somerville Public Libraries. The city will use funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to support Edgerly sites and powder keg To park. During the summer, the town will begin efforts to identify a permanent home for a long-awaited teen center, while continuing to engage young people in the process of creating and shaping this space.

For a map of the sites open this summer and more information, go to

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