Have you ever wondered what happened to basic life skill education? The days of Home Economics are long gone, but here at Sumner Teen Center, we take a serious interest in the future of our young people. We are giving them skills so they can do for themselves. Teenagers are the most underserved group of individuals in the non-profit world, but it shouldn’t be that way!
One of the first students through our doors did not make eye contact when she was introduced by her mother. She seemed shy and had very little to say as we toured the facility. Fortunately for us and for her, Annie continued coming to the facility, and made lots of friends, going on to graduate as one of our most outgoing and friendliest students to date. Prior to Annie’s first visit, she had moved to our community from another state, after she attempted to take her own life. A bullying incident took her to the brink, and they moved here to start fresh. Annie is only the first of many compelling stories about how being involved at the teen center helped to change a life.
Here is what we do: We provide free training in life skills, career exploration, leadership and soft skills. We provide an environment where students can ‘hang-out’ supervised and safe and have a great time. We provide a facility where students can share their interests or have a party. We are taking serious steps to reduce teen suicide, depression, drug use, bullying and identity confusion, by showing these kids they are important, and they are loved.
We believe that EVERY teenager needs something! They are a generation that has access to all the information they will ever need, but didn’t think to ask. We are here to help them on their journey to becoming an adult, and we just might give them a nugget of wisdom, an encouraging word, or just a memory that will help them on their way.
WHAT DOES YOUR DOLLAR DO?
Provides a safe place for students to come, stay out of trouble and learn valuable adulting skills. The average cost per student is $35/month, but we don't charge a thing.
Provides transportation so that students in lower income communities can be included in the benefits our our programs. $200/month provides quality transportation to several area schools. $400/mo would help us expand to area apartment complexes.
Provides snacks and meals to all area students including those with the most need. We are fortunate to operate on a $100/mo budget for feeding the children because of community donations.
Provides a place for non-profits catering to students with special needs to host social and educational events to further develop important skills in students with higher needs. Additional cost to expand programs to other non-profits during off-hours is about $100/month.
Provides additonal skilled, certified, and specialized instruction from paid professionals in areas of Drivers Education, Digital media, Culinary, and Homework help and more for over $2500/mon.
You see, we are providing the best possible instruction along with passionate and caring community volunteers to change the future of our students to something beyond their wildest expectations and you can help us make a difference!!