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By Ari Kramer. The challenge at the Kirkland Teen Center has been to blend a fickle and diverse age group, says Director Cory Shepard. More than a year after opening its doors, the center appears to be on its way to becoming the community resource it was meant to be, say those who fought to make it a reality, as well as some who were skeptics.
Kirkwood Terrace is close to bustling downtown Kirkland, but the warm, Tudor-style homes around a woodsy circle in the Rose Hill neighborhood offer country serenity. The townhome units are spacious, with sheltered patios and laundry hookups. There is a community building on site, with a laundry room and a large multi-purpose room.
There is classical music and jazz, but those concerts can be too staid to engage youth. Music is happening inside, where a small audience hangs out in groups on sofas, away from the stage, present but not. Others are front and center for Truckasauras, a Seattle-via-Kirkland electronic hip-hop group.
This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author's own. Our adolescence does define a lot of who we become," says Paul Heric.
The architect joined the new building with an existing senior center, but gave the teen center a free play of square corners and curves, sloping and flat roof planes. The new teen center in Peter Kirk Park is somewhat unpredictable, a little cheeky. That may be because teens were involved in the project from the very beginning, getting it off the ground, pushing it through the political process, selecting the designers and providing input for the program and the personality.
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Each year, YES reaches about 40, members of the East King County community through its education and prevention services. Through these programs, YES supports Latino students and helps them access leadership opportunities, ensures that vulnerable children meet developmental milestones, finds caring mentors for at-risk youth, and so much more. Staff work with youth to address issues such as depression, substance abuse, homelessness, anxiety, family conflicts and more, as well as connect teens to community resources and longer-term clinical care.
Sign up for Friends of Youth Newsletter. A group interested in the problem of juvenile delinquency meets at the University Congregational Church; they become the founders of the organization. Friends of Youth is incorporated with these stated purposes: to secure private Christian foster homes; to establish group homes for dependent boys and girls in the state; to study needs and encourage community action to solve problems.