Erica Peoples, a single mother of a teenage son, came up with the idea of Teen Social Connection a few months ago.
Peoples wants to encourage human interaction so teens will develop interpersonal skills and always know that there’s something to do.
The first teen event will be Saturday evening at Trotter Recreation Center,
“My own son is pretty much a ‘homebody,’ and I was also seeing that many other teens spend a great deal of time on Facebook, and many of them were saying that they ‘were bored and looking for something to do,’” Peoples said.
Teen Social Connection was formed for 13- to 19-year-olds to promote social interaction among teens, creating a place where teens can hang out and meet each other.
Peoples envisions Teen Social Connection having its own recreation center with a lounge area, gym, game room, teen counseling center staffed with certified Christian counselors (Safe Place Counseling), and a computer lab. She plans life-changing workshops, such as “Turn the Other Cheek,” which will focus on responding to an aggressor without violence, and “Suits,” which will concentrate what to expect in seeking employment in an office environment. It will also provide teens with make overs with office attire they get to keep.
“My heart’s desire is to create an atmosphere of positive influence for teens in which they are able to see and know their true potential, a place where they are able to learn and practice what it means to network, to step out of their comfort zone,” she said.
Peoples also encourages parents of teens to get more involved in the lives of their children; she has also created a “Parents of Teens Connection” website. Both websites will be up and running soon.
“I am not just envisioning a place where parents drop their kids off and leave,” Peoples said. “I’m envisioning a place where parents get out of the car and get involved.”
Teen Social Connection will get together on Saturday evenings, a time when People says a lot of teens are looking for something to do. There will be icebreakers, board games, music, dancing and food.
The socials may take place at different venues until Teen Social Connection grows enough to get its own building, she said.
TSC Family Roadtrips are being planned as well to help promote family interactions. The first one has already been scheduled.
Peoples is also looking for adult volunteers to monitor the socials. She hopes to create a place that brings some balance to teens’ lives, a place where they know they are all valued, loved, and cared about.
Contact Cori Slepp at 373-5955 or email@example.com.WANT TO GO?
What: Teen Social Connection
When: 6-11 p.m. Saturday
Where: Trotter Recreation Center, 3906 Betula Street, Greensboro
Information: Erica Peoples, 587-5791, or http://teensocial connection.eventbrite. com/