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Three-day open house for teen center this week

UPDATE: The open house as well as the April 20 opening have been cancelled for now. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the opening of The Plumas Youth Undivided Teen Center has sadly been postponed,” read the notice sent by Public Health late in the afternoon April 12. “We sincerely apologize to the community for this delay. We are doing our best to overcome the challenges and thank you for your patience.”

Plumas County Public Health Agency invites the public to an open house to celebrate the opening of the Plumas Youth Undivided Teen Center, a new community resource to give all Plumas County teens a safe space to learn, play, and spend quiet time after school.

The open house is taking place on April 13-15 from 3-6 p.m. each day at 173 Lawrence St. in Quincy. PCPHA encourages parents/guardians to tour the center and pick up parental/guardian consent forms, which are required and must be submitted before youth can frequent the center. The Teen Center will follow all applicable guidance from the state and the county in regards to COVID-19 mitigation practices.

The teen center will officially open Tuesday, April 20, and run throughout the rest of the school year. It is free for all Plumas County youth 13-18 years old to attend. Operating days are Tuesday through Friday, for two group sessions of up to 10 youth each session. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-2 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. are reserved for seventh and eighth-grade youth. Wednesday and Friday from 12-2 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. are reserved for ninth through 12th-grade youth. The center will close between 2-3 p.m. to clean and sanitize the space for the following group. This format may change as COVID-19 restrictions and regulations shift.

This project is a collaboration between PCPHA, Plumas County Probation, and Plumas County Behavioral Health. The teen center will offer a variety of activities including crafts, video games, board games, jam sessions, tutoring, youth advocacy, wi-fi, and offer computers for homework use. Sprinkled in, staff and other community leaders will offer workshops on healthy living habits, alcohol and other drug prevention, tobacco-use prevention and skill building.

It is hoped that this program, if successful, can be duplicated in other communities throughout the county.

For more information, please contact Danielle Blust, Youth Mentoring Coordinator, at 283-9818 or [email protected].

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