The library will provide a variety of inclusive activities for teens in a safe space and with consistent staffing to help the teens find connections with each other and with their community.
Project Name: Unite Teens
Purpose: To provide consistent, inclusive activities for teens in order to encourage connections and a sense of community
Grant Funding Amount: $3,000
Key Elements: Fun activities, team building, inspirational programs, making connections, safe space
Target Audience: Teens, 13-17
Community Support: Make-It Springfield, Arise Springfield, United Way of Pioneer Valley, Office of the Hampden District Attorney, Women's Fund, NEPR Media Lab, Panera, Costco, Family Pizzeria Europa, McNair Business Machines, Minuteman Press
Use of grant funds: Modular furniture, whiteboard, program supplies
Why: Springfield teens report that they are feeling sad or hopeless (41% of females, 21% of males) and that they have engaged in self-harm (26% of females, 20% of males).
They are looking for consistency, community connections, and a trusted and safe space.
Marisa Reichert, Shadd Jamison, Jennifer Johnston, and Ellen Sulzycki (not pictured)
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