Investments into spaces for teens – Orange County Register

Did you know Brea has not one, but two, teen centers?

The newest is at Brea Junior High. It opened in September 2012 for students to use before school from 7 to 8 a.m, during lunch and after school from 3 to 6 p.m.

Parents pay  $270 per school year for the before- and after-school services, $210 for after school only and $75 for before school only. All plans include lunches, and the program’s director, Rebecca Schaffer Smith, said they also sponsor students to come after school for extra support in a safe place.

All students can use the center at lunchtime, but the single-wide portable often filled up.

Now more students can enjoy the center’s many amenities in a new, double-wide portable that sounds really cool.

One room is for games, cooking and other activities, another for academic support and there is even a lounge for hanging out. A fun place that can now serve more students, but that probably would not have happened without some generous donors.

“The cost was approximately $10,000,” said the school district’s communications specialist, Nichole Pichardo, “and funded by donations from the Rotary Club of Brea and Darryl Jones Real Estate, with the remainder from BOUSD’s Child Development Services Department.”

I bet it is really great, but see for yourself from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the teen center’s re-grand opening and ribbon cutting in Rooms 43 and 44. It is something to celebrate.

So what is Brea’s oldest teen center?  It is the Teen Zone at the Brea Community Center.

According Brea’s Community Services Supervisor Youth Programs Mary Kathryn Mendoza, when the Community Center opened in 1996, so did the teen space.

“The Teen Zone room and a patio were built just for teens, “ said Mendoza. It is open 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. during the school year for both junior high and high school teens.

The cost for the Teen Zone membership is $150 per school year and includes lots of activities such as an arcade, board games,…

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