This Friday, the Los Alamos Youth Activity Center will host a middle school only student event, as part of the Gordon’s Friday night concert series.
Seventh and eighth graders are welcome 6-9 p.m. into the Los Alamos Youth Center below the Teen Center at Ashley Pond Park. The free opportunity is open to current middle school students, whether or not they are members of the Activity Centers, operated by Los Alamos Family Council, with support from United Way of Northern New Mexico.
“This is an age group that is truly developing their independence,” Youth Activity Center Director Jordan Redmond said. “Our Hawk Hangout provides just the place! We are committed to the Hawk Hangout for the first four Fridays of the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series.”
Once school is out, those graduating sixth graders are officially considered middle school students and welcome in the center. Additionally, graduating eighth graders are also welcome until officially welcomed into the Teen Center as Toppers.
Plans are to have video games, board and table games and an open snack bar, so a variety of food and drinks can be purchased throughout the evening. There will be art opportunities for those inspired to participate in a community project, supported by the DWI Council, or to send thought to local military personnel serving throughout the world.
“Middle school kids don’t need the same restrictions younger kids need in order to be safe and learn social skills,” Redmond said. “Our hope is that in offering this event we can meet a need, while also helping to prevent any risky behaviors. The YAC was started to provide a safe place for young people in order to reduce the likelihood of drug and alcohol use. That mission remains close to our hearts 35 years later.”
The sale of items at the snack bar will generate the funds needed to pay for staff to man the Friday night events. The prices range from 25 cents to $1.50 and include; candy, soda and more meal worthy offerings. Middle school students are welcome to stop by and make a grab and go purchase or hang out and socialize.
Those with questions can call the center at 505.662.9412. The Youth Activity Center also will be taking donations of change, postage or stationary, for their letters to troops project and kid friendly snacks for Red Nose Day. The food collected will be donated to LA Cares as part of Youth Activity Center’s monthly community service contributions.