Reinventing the Batavia Teen Center

Park district seeking student feedback

Published: Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

The Batavia Park District will be seeking feedback from local teenagers, with hopes to reinvent the Batavia Teen Center. The park district will host a series of focus groups with local middle and high school-aged students, according to a news release.

High school students are invited to attend a group session. Focus groups will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. Jan. 7 and Jan. 15, at the Peg Bond Center, 151 Island Ave., Batavia.

Middle school students are invited to attend sessions from 7 to 8 p.m. Jan. 8 and Jan. 14, also at the Peg Bond Center.

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

The park district said in the release that the teen center had been a destination for local teens, and that “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 was the site for a variety of activities, including crafts, sports, contests and dances, but the release stated, “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,” the release stated, adding that “staff hopes to gain insight into the types of recreation opportunities teens would like to see.”

Refreshments will be served at the focus groups, and all ideas are welcome.  

For information, call Bykowski at 630-406-5282, ext. 2162.

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