Friday, July 15, 2016 / by Kimo Quance
What do young love, obsession with trends and peer pressure have in common? No, they aren't a list of topics for the next episode of Dr. Phil. These are all issues experienced by teenagers all over the world.
As most teens are not mature enough to handle these issues, they tend to 'act up'. When they do, most parents react in the same manner, insisting “it's my way or the highway”. Taking this stance has led to many teens simply running away from home. Attempting to enforce authority just doesn't work.
But all hope isn't lost; teens generally like to spend time with their friends, right? So why not allow them to do just that? But where can you be sure that a bunch of teens will be safe and out of trouble? The Santee Teen Center may just be what the doctor ordered.
Providing a controlled but relaxed environment, the Center allows teens 'be themselves', without parents 'bothering' them. First opened 15 years ago, as an after-school recreation program, the Center aims to “...provide a safe and healthy recreation environment for pre-teens and teens...” The center also runs a drop-in program which has been credited with helping to keep at-risk children off the streets.
Boring or Nah?
Open to teens, grades 6 to 12, the center keeps them occupied by offering a ton of activities. There are outdoor options like fishing and bike riding; while indoors, there's a game room with video games, foosball, board games etc. There is also daily homework time with student tutors on hand for support. Alongside these fun activities, teens also have access to programs that teach and promote community leadership.
A glance at the activity calender for the month reveals many fun activities for the teens. Though they have funny titles like “Duct Tape Madness”, “Name That Tone”, and “Butts Up”, you're sure your teen is doing something safe and constructive. Don't miss the Back to School Pajama Bash this Friday, check out their Facebook page for more info.
Is My Teen Safe Here?
The staff at the Center have all been cleared through Department of Justice background checks. They are also certified in first aid and CPR, to handle any emergencies. To maintain proper supervision, the Center maintains a maximum of 1 staff member for 15 teens.
Where isthe Center?
The center is located at the Santee Lakes Recreational Preserve at 9310 Fanita Parkway, Santee.
They are open from Monday to Friday, from 2:30 pm to 6 pm. The Center remains closed on Santee School District holidays. Annual membership costs around $40, but visitors passing through will pay the daily rate of $5.
We are proud to have the Teen Center as it provides Santee's teens with a positive alternative for recreational activities, while also giving them the chance to learn new stuff. Just one of the many reasons to love Santee!!
For more information on the hidden gems of Santee, contact the Quance group today.