The idea of a Staunton Teen Center has been kicked around many times in the past. Now, with the cooperation of some creative kids, supportive parents and committed staff, the program is pulling together. And the city is floating the bill.
The city has owned the Nelson Street building since 1994, but it's only now that local teens are taking charge. With some help from the Staunton Parks and Recreation Department, they're planning to start decorating at the end of the month.
"They want to do it themselves and I think that's an important part of the process because then they're going to respect the building and the program and everything that goes with it," said volunteer Amanda Myers.
So far, teens have done some serious brainstorming. They want a place to display their artwork and photography, a place to have workshops and learn, a place they can decorate themselves and simply hang out with friends.
Though the city is backing the project financially, your time and ideas are still needed. Decorating is set to start at the end of the month, so consider donating some paint brushes. And before you throw away that old sofa, call the Staunton Parks and Rec Department at (540) 332-3945 to see how you can help.
And kids, mark your calendars for Superbowl Sunday. That's when the Teen Center is planning on celebrating its Grand Opening.