On March 15, 1985, Street Scene Teen Center opened its doors for the first time to serve the youth of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and the surrounding community. For 30 years those doors have welcomed thousands of teens into an environment where they can be themselves; they can hang out with their friends away from the pressures of school or home, and away from the pressures of drugs and alcohol; a place where they are accepted, respected and encouraged. A place that is theirs; a place they can belong.
To honor this accomplishment, Street Scene Teen Center celebrates its 30th Year Anniversary with an Open House & Party on Saturday, March 14th from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Teen Center, located at 179 E. Franklin Street, in the basement of the old Courthouse in Downtown Chapel Hill. All are invited including teens, past and present; former directors, staff, volunteers, public officials and the general public. There will be displays of old photos and art work; performances by teen bands past and current; teen poets, and the current dancers of Brothaz Unique, and a special preview of “The 30-30-30 Teen Center” (30 years, 30 stories, 30 days of showings) video documentary project featuring teen alumni, current youth, staff, and volunteers’ experiences at Street Scene, followed by refreshments and fellowship. For more information visit the “Street Scene Teen Center 30th Anniversary Party” on Facebook.
Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, through an official Chapel Hill Proclamation, has declared the week of March 14th through March 21st as Street Scene Teen Center Week in honor of the partnership between the Town of Chapel Hill and Street Scene Teen Center. Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department cosponsors the Teen Center’s After School Program and other special programs.
Additional information: Street Scene officially began in 1983 when the Chapel Hill Downtown Association in conjunction with parents, community leaders, clergy, and others, petitioned the Town Council for the renovation of the unused basement space in the old Post Office/ Courthouse Building. The Council approved the lease and work began using volunteer labor and materials and a huge groundswell of support from the community. Much of the renovation work was done by the teens themselves under the direction of volunteer construction professionals. Now the Center is totally decorated by youth teams who have brought the Center to whole other level with a music studio and practice room; a computer space, ping pong and pool activity areas and snack and living room/tv areas. Join us for our 30th Year Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, March 14th from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.