Batavia Teen Center seeks new direction in 2014

Fri December 20, 2013

In May 1995, a group of local teens developed a concept for a teen center with the help of Batavia Park District staff and a group of Batavia government officials. There was a clear need for a dedicated, safe space for teens in the community. The initial idea was to create a center where teens would have an opportunity for positive recreational and social interactions. The Batavia Teen Center opened its doors in February 1996 at its current location, 27 N. Prairie St.

Throughout the years, the Batavia Teen Center became a population destination for local teens looking for recreation and fun. Throughout the school year, “The Hub” was held as an after school drop-in program. During the summer months, teens could participate in Club Teen. During school breaks, the Teen Center also was the site of a variety of activities, including crafts, sports, contests and dances.

But nearly 20 years after its inception, teen trends have greatly changed and evolved. The Batavia Teen Center is hoping to roll with those changes and reinvent itself according to what local teens want. In January, the Batavia Park District will host a series of focus groups with local middle and high school aged students. Staff hopes to gain insight into the types of recreation opportunities teens would like to see.

“We’re looking to revamp our program portfolio to meet the needs and wants of the teens in the community,” said Kristin Bykowski, Recreation Supervisor, “I want to listen to their ideas and learn more about what they would like the Teen Center to become.”

High school students are invited to attend a focus group on Tuesday, January 7 or Wednesday, January 15 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. at the Peg Bond Center. Middle school students will be invited to share their thoughts on Wednesday, January 8 or Tuesday, January 14 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. at the Peg Bond Center. Refreshments will be served, and all ideas are welcome. 

For more information, please contact Kristin Bykowski at 630-406-5282 ext. 2162.