This past Saturday night, co-teen center gurus Shawn Fagan and Mike Gabrys put on a successful back to school event for the jovenes in our community. They decided to make it pretty much entirely run by the teens, from the music selections, to purchasing food, to advertising. In order to plan for the event, the two weeks previous were filled with nightly meetings in the teen center and afternoons of aspiring DJs uploading music onto our library computers. They decided to utilize the space above our library, deemed ¨the third floor¨ for lack of a better name, which is used for various classes during the week.
After an invigorating day of climbing churches and attending soccer games in the community, the rest of us popped into the teen center to help out and bust some moves. As we walked into the front door of our building all we could hear was the repetative¨oomst oomst¨of the base from above. At first, kids were scattered between the second and third floors, a little unsure of what to do (probably pretty frightened by six gringo girls, standing in a circle and re-enacting women's exercise moves). But soon enough, with a little nudge from a light dimmer, all of the kids made their way to the dance floor.
Dry erase boards point the jovenes in the right direction
Our two master DJs for the evening
Mike and Chet talk to the teens as they walk in
Christian, one of the teens, teaches us girls how to Salsa
Overall the event was a huge success, giving teens the freedom to plan their own party and most importantly, giving them a safe space to socialize on a Saturday night. For more information about the teen center's plans for the upcoming year, tune into on Thursday for a guest blog by Mr. Mike Gabrys (or as the kids refer to him, prof. mickey mouse).