The North East Community Center's Teen Team Youth Leadership Program is a youth-directed program for high school aged students living in the Webutuck School District. The teens participate in and help plan community service, educational, and recreational activities throughout the year. The program helps teens gain knowledge, self esteem, and fosters their community engagement.
Participants go to parks, pools, haunted houses, arcades, and the movies. They have been snow tubing, ice skating, go karting, bowling, and minigolfing. They do volunteer projects including: gardening, making gingerbread houses, baking pies, and helping animals. They also visit museums, do educational workshops, and learn about local resources. And, it’s always a lot of fun!
Each year, the teens engage in an Alternative Spring Break, a week of community service and educational activities locally and in an urban area. In 2015, our teens took an Alternative Spring Break trip to Boston and volunteered their time at the Revision Urban Farm and Greater Boston Food Bank. They also visited the Massachusetts Institute Technology Museum and the Salem Witch Museum. And, the previous year they visited New York City.
In 2015, the teens participated in a second week of local community service projects in November before Thanksgiving called Give Back Week. They baked 70 pies for the local food pantry’s holiday baskets, built a parade float for the the North East-Millerton Library, and ran the annual Coat Giveaway. To celebrate and thank them for their service the teens went to a hibachi dinner in Rhinebeck.
For the past five years, Teen Team has been participating in a Midnight Run in November. Midnight Run is a volunteer organization, located in Dobbs Ferry, New York, dedicated to finding common ground between the housed and the homeless. Our teens help prepare 70 meals and distribute blankets, clothing, toiletries, and coffee at five sites in New York City. This trip provides our youth with an opportunity to experience empathy while connecting the homeless to basic services.
Teen Team is completely FREE! The North East Community Center provides transportation, entrance fees, and food for every activity at no cost to participants. Teens may bring money to events if they would like to purchase something additional, like an extra snack or a souvenir, but everything they need is provided.
Teens can join Teen Team at any point in the year. Teens are eligible if they are high school age and live in the Webutuck School District. If you or someone you know is interested in participating, you can visit the North East Community Center to get a registration packet and our current calendar. You can also visit our Facebook page, Teen Team NECC, to see the calendar and posts about their most recent activities!
Teens at the Annual Gingerbread Workshop 2015
Teen Team at the MIT Museum in Boston on Alternative Spring Break 2015
Teens on an educational hike at the Albany Pine Bush Environmental Center in Albany 2015
Teen Team hanging ribbons for NAMI-MH (the National Alliance on Mental Illness- Mid-Hudson) for Mental Health Awareness Month with Assemblymember Didi Barrett 2015
Teen Team at Baker's Tae Kwon Do in Salisbury, CT 2015
Teens at the New York State Museum in Albany 2016
Teens making a movie they wrote with a local filmmaker 2016