Does Marblehead Need a Teen Center?

You tell us - does Marblehead need a new teen center?

Marblehead for Teens, a local non-profit, recently announced the appointment of Executive Director and local resident Molly Williams, who has been charged with opening a brand new teen center in Marblehead as soon as November.

The organization is now scouting Marblehead for available spaces and is looking to enlist the support of local organizations and town residents.

"The Marblehead teen center, the actual name for which will be chosen by teens, is being modeled after other highly successful teen centers that are teen-managed and – importantly – dedicated, physically separate spaces teens can call and make their own," Williams said in a release.

“We have worked for nearly six years to find what would be the most effective way to help Marblehead teens address the common lament 'there’s nothing to do in Marblehead," said Gene Cornfield, president of Marblehead for Teens.

We've already asked our readers to vote on whether or not Marblehead needed a , and . Now we have to ask - do you think Marblehead needs a teen center?

Is there a location in town that you think would be perfect for a teen-managed space?

Let us know by voting in the poll below and sharing your opinion in the comments section.

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Anne C. Mahoney July 12, 2012 at 01:10 PM
When I was growing up there we had 'Teen Town' at the WMCA so we could go dancing. Even just that was a help keeping us busy and having something to look forward to every week. [I voted YES.]
Pam Wanstall July 12, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Yes, absolutely needed!
Frank L. McElroy July 12, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Remember the promises made in support of the Rec and Park building proposal at Tent's Corner, particularly the one about a recreation center for teens? One of my children was sorely disappointed to be shooed away from it with friends as the promise of a place for them to go had been usurped. Cheers to Molly Williams and Marblehead for Teens for taking on this important project which has been neglected for far too long. I hope the group is able to consult, maybe even place on its board, some of those former teens who were so disappointed and some who are currently teens.
Peter Phillips July 12, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Yes. When I grew up here there was a teen town at the old YMCA. It was great, and used frequently by teens. It is time to have a teen center again.
Joe Whipple July 12, 2012 at 04:03 PM
There is no way to tell if a teen center would have prevented some of the recent instances of teens running afoul of the law, but I'm sure it can be good for a lot of teens, as a skate park can as well. One location that comes to mind is the former gas station at the intersection of Pleasant, Village, and Vine Streets. But I don't have any idea if it is adequate for their needs.
Meghan Gilroy July 12, 2012 at 05:31 PM
monumentchild July 12, 2012 at 05:45 PM
When I was growing up the teen center was under the bridge on the tracks and again and again back to the Hen!
YMCA of the North Shore July 12, 2012 at 07:09 PM
At the Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA, we offer Friday night Middle School teen hours and Saturday night High School teen hours for teens to drop-in and use the pool, play sports in open gym, hang out with friends and more. Our Y Skate Zone is also open for teens to skateboard, scooter and rollerblade and get tips from our staff. All of these programs are free for members and a fee for guests. We offer special membership and guest rates for teens. For more information, please visit: www.northshoreymca.org/lvoteens.cfm
Frank L. McElroy July 12, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Wouldn't it be great to get Joe Whipple involved. A man of integrity, thoughtfulness and creativity.
Frank L. McElroy July 12, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Dear Monumentchild. For the sake of your sisters and brothers, those who will follow you, the monumites and others, please find a way to be involved in this project. Your input is essential and risks being ignored, not even found, unless you provide a voice. Speak.
Peter Phillips July 13, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Sounds wonderful! But who knew? This should be more prominently advertised.


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