Safe and fun hangouts for teenagers and sanity-saving support for parents of teens in Westchester County, NY.
Parenting Seminar: Helping Children/Teens Manage Stress
Sponsored by WJCS's Mental Health GPS group (more details TBA). March 24 at 7:30pm. Hosted by the Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester, 600 Bear Ridge Road, Pleasantville. 914-741-0333.
Girls Inc. Westchester
This organization strives to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through its programs, which will include mother/daughter workshops this spring and a March 11 workshop at Eastview Middle School for middle school girls from White Plains. Located at 52 North Broadway in White Plains. 914-419-0764.
Mount Kisco Public Library's Teen Room
The Teen Room holds all of the library's teen fiction, including a graphic novel selection. It also has computers, audio books and CDs, and a small reference section that includes college resources. Teens can also write a book review for the Teen Room's blog (mtkteenreview.blogspot.com), interview an author via podcast, and participate in community service activities. The library is located at 100 Main Street in Mount Kisco. For more information, call 914-666-8041.
The Spot! at Mount Vernon Public Library
Every Thursday evening, the library hosts a variety of programming just for teens, including open mic poetry, karaoke night, arts and crafts, game night sessions, and special guest speakers. FREE. The library is located at 28 South 1st Avenue in Mount Vernon. For more information: 914-668-1840.
The Teen Zone at Ossining Public Library
The library offers regular teen programming. In March, teens can stop by for yoga and math tutoring on Mondays, chess on Tuesdays, and teen movies on Fridays. In honor of Teen Tech Week (March 6-11), the library will be screening The Social Network. Located at 53 Croton Avenue in Ossining. For more information, see the library's online calendar or contact Suzy Zavarella at 914-941-2416, ext. 336, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Leadership Council at Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester
The council meets every six to eight weeks to help plan and organize several teen social events, family holiday celebrations, and Mitzvah Project volunteer activities for high schoolers. Teens on the council serve as role models for younger children and learn leadership skills. The Rosenthal JCC is located at 600 Bear Ridge Road in Pleasantville, with a second location in Cortlandt Manor. For more information about the Youth Leadership Council, call Allison at 914-741-0333.
Also see: More teen resources in the New York metro area
Decoding the Teenage Brain: One Mom's Personal Essay
Our After-School Activities Guide