The Inglewood Teen Center 2nd Anniversary celebration, held at the Center, was recently hosted by the South Bay Workforce Investment Board (SBWIB) and drew more than 100 people, including students, community civic leaders and staff.
City of Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr.; Inglewood Council members George Dotson and Ralph Franklin; representatives from the Inglewood Police Department; and SBWIB CEO Jan Vogel, were all on hand to celebrate the Inglewood Teen Center’s second successful year in the community.
During the festivities, students answered trivia questions for prizes, listened to introspective speeches from current Teen Center youth, and received awards, including Devonne Wade for “Most Improved” and Erick Zolano for “Rising Star.”
Mr. Vogel also took the opportunity to introduce John B. Martin, whom he credited with assisting in procuring college scholarships for approximately 70 students over the years, and presented him with a Certificate of Appreciation.
During the program, Mayor Butts expressed his thanks to the SBWIB for its work in providing and maintaining the Inglewood Teen Center as a place where students could be mentored and supported in a fun and safe environment.
The event concluded with a Ping-Pong match and refreshments.
Open weekday afternoons from 3-6 p.m., the Inglewood Teen Center is located at 101 W. Manchester Blvd. It provides a safe environment where teens can have fun and learn through games, computers, counseling and workshops. The center, which is free for students, reinforces the importance of preparing for careers by staying in high school, attending college and exploring different careers. In addition, it provides alternatives to gang involvement. The Teen Center is operated by the SBWIB.