At the Gagnon Teen Center

At the Gagnon Teen Center

To the Editor:

I am thrilled to announce two milestones for the Alexandra Gagnon Teen Center at the YMCA.

First, on July 1, we will celebrate six months in our permanent location. We are grateful to the Alexandra Gagnon Foundation for making the dream of an alcohol- and drug-free place for teens a reality. We are slowly growing in popularity. Please invite your kids to come. Ages 13 to 18 welcomed. Find us on Facebook or in the ongoing events of this paper.

Second, last week we celebrated the graduation of our inaugural group of teen students as they completed an eight-month intensive information technology program called Digital Connectors. Students were selected after an interview process, and they attended classes twice weekly. In addition they were required to perform community service, study Cisco systems IT training modules, financial literacy, computer repair, and basic filmmaking. Thirteen students completed all areas, and a graduation ceremony happened today in the teen center.

We are grateful to Comcast for funding the entire program. We were one of only 33 nationwide and will host the program once again in the fall. Thank you to Ray Whitaker for teaching the class and to Jai Berger for his valuable assistance.

The teen center will continue to offer programs and events that nurture, inspire, and encourage our teens to be at their best. We would love your support as we try to get the word out.

Tony Lombardi

Edgartown

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