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Teen Center Enters Its Second Year

Two years ago, the DHCA supported the issuance of a Special Use Land Permit (SLUP) for the Get Grounded Teen Center located in a rental house at 1944 Ridgewood Drive NE in DeKalb County.  The association also became one of the center’s community partners.

As it begins the process of renewing the SLUP, the center invites Druid Hills residents to a public meeting on September 20, 2013 at 7pm at the center. 

More than 100 teens, largely from Druid Hills and Decatur, participate regularly in the center’s programs.  Executive director Angie Waddell, supported by middle and high school advisory boards, has organized programs for Friday and Saturday nights with special events for students in grades 10-12.  Middle-schoolers visit the Teen Center on Friday nights. Many just want to hang out and talk; others play basketball, cards, hide-and-seek, Frisbee or board games. Admission is $5 and there is a canteen. On Saturday nights, students in grades 8-9 come to socialize.

Senior Hype Night, an especially popular program, helped 12th graders with college applications and financial aid. The center also organizes volunteer and community service projects for the students.

The center is run by the Get Grounded Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization that relies strictly on private donations and a few grants. For more information please visit    http://www.groundme.org/.

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