Los Alamos Teen Center Director Sylvan Argo and Assistant Director George Marsden. Photo by Connor Hoch/ladailypost.com
The Los Alamos Teen Center is about giving teenagers a place to go and socialize with friends or others they have never met. It is run by Director Sylvan Argo and Assistant Director George Marsden. Both have five years of experience working at the local Teen Center.
During the school year, in the after-school hours, 3-5 p.m., the Teen Center has about 35-60 kids hanging out at any given time. During the summer on a busy Friday, they have about 250 kids coming in throughout the whole day.
They operate all of this with a budget of $294,000 from Los Alamos County, plus additional funds from grants and fundraising. They have the additional funding help from the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, the Delle Foundation, grants, parents and fundraisers.
The Teen Center has more than 35 different programs to choose from such as glass fusion workshops, film/video editing, Teen Council, tutoring and yoga, according to the YMCA website.
The Teen Center started out as a small project in 2011 at Trinity on the Hill and moved into its own facility in 2015 because the County provided remodeling and relocating funds at its new location.
“It is an honor to be part of teens’ lives. It gives us hope,” Argo said.
For more information on the Teen Center, visit the website at https://laymca.org/cms-view-page.php?page=los-alamos-teen-center or call 505.662.3100.
The Los Alamos Teen Center’s band room. Photo by Connor Hoch/ladailypost.com