City of Somerville to Offer Three Dedicated Spaces for Teens This Summer

Three community spaces will provide teen programming this summer while efforts begin to shape a long-awaited permanent space designed by and for teens

SOMERVILLE, MA – On Friday, June 10, Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and Somerville Public Schools Superintendent Mary Skipper announced that the City will open three temporary spaces for teens to support Somerville’s youth this summer.

“The community has been calling for a teen center in Somerville for decades,” said Mayor Ballantyne, “and our teens can’t wait any longer. We’ve heard student input in a variety of venues. They told us they want safe, fun, and accessible spaces where they can be themselves. They want options across the city so that all teens can enjoy them. We’ve heard their feedback and are providing three temporary spaces while we explore more long-term possibilities.”

This summer, three locations will be available for teens, located throughout the city:
Somerville Public Library (SPL), Central Branch (79 Highland Avenue): The Teen Room at the Central Library offers manga, comics, and popular teen fiction in a welcoming, 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 regular library hours. Ages 13+.

Edgerly Education Center (33 Cross Street): Starting Monday, June 13, the Edgerly Education Center will offer a dedicated space for teens with crafts, snacks, games, and more. Enter on the Otis Street side. Open weekdays, 2:30 to 8 p.m. Ages 14+.

Powderhouse Park (838 Broadway): Starting Tuesday, July 5, teens are welcome to spend summertime afternoons at the Powderhouse Park building. Drop by for food, activities, creative programming, and more. Open weekdays, 2:30 to 8 p.m. Ages 14+.
Each site will provide space for teens to relax and socialize, as well as events and activities, connections to services, and access to City social workers. The sites will operate through the Somerville Public Schools, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Somerville Public Libraries. The City will use American Rescue Plan Act funds to support the sites at Edgerly and Powderhouse Park.

Over the summer, the City will begin efforts to identify a permanent home for a long-awaited Teen Center, while continuing to engage youth in the process of creating and shaping this space.

For a map of the sites open this summer and more information, go to somervillema.gov/teencenter.

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