Ribbon cutting ceremony held for new Teen Center

Laura Jefferson, 18th Force Support Squadron teen program coordinator, gives opening remarks at the grand reopening of the new Teen Center June 24, 2020, at Kadena Air base, Japan. After being closed due to moving buildings, renovations, and COVID-19 restrictions, the Teen Center on KAB officially reopened as part of a new beginning in a new setting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Sutton)
Laura Jefferson, 18th Force Support Squadron teen program coordinator, gives opening remarks at the grand reopening of the new Teen Center June 24, 2020, at Kadena Air base, Japan. After being closed due to moving buildings, renovations, and COVID-19 restrictions, the Teen Center on KAB officially reopened as part of a new beginning in a new setting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Sutton)

Ribbon cutting ceremony held for new Teen Center

by Staff Reports
18th Wing Public Affairs

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- After being closed due to moving buildings, renovations, and COVID-19 restrictions, the Teen Center on Kadena Air Base has officially reopened.

Wing leadership celebrated the grand reopening with a ribbon cutting ceremony held June 24, 2020.

“Our teens are excited to return to their ‘home away from home’ amidst the COVID-19 restrictions,” said Laura Jefferson, 18th Force Support Squadron teen program coordinator. “Teens are becoming young adults and seeking their independence from their parents or guardians. The Teen Center allows these students to learn new skills, gain confidence, volunteer, and make new friends in a casual setting.”

Some teens are looking forward to a new beginning in a new setting, explained Malena Boylan, Kadena Air Base Youth of the Year 2020.

“With everything that has been going on this year and COVID-19, it’s been very challenging,” Boylan explained. “Opening this new teen center is a way to give back to the base community. For us the year has been difficult as schools were closed and we couldn’t see our friends so this is a way to bring everyone back together.”

One unique way the teens were able to help bring everyone back together was by working hand-in-hand in designing certain zones of the new center themselves.
“Students created the Chill, Real, and Thrill Zones inside the new teen center,” explained Jefferson. “The Chill Zone is the place to catch a movie or check out the music closet all the while catching up with friends. The Real Zone is designed to hold the majority of our teen clubs. Students can work on art projects, study science, engineering, technology classes, access the college and career prep library, as well as do their homework. The Thrill Zone is where students can enjoy music, play video games or a game of pool and have something to eat in the snack area.”

The Teen Center has relocated to building 439 across from the Base Exchange. It’s open to teens aged 13 to 18.

For questions regarding the Teen Center, please call 634-3866.

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