The teenage years are something all people all have in common: a rocky road to adulthood, with quite a few bumps along the way.
During this time, a place to relax and hang out is a refuge for teens, and having a safe place to do this, with supervision to guide teens to the destination of adulthood is important.
Here in Los Alamos, the Los Alamos Teen Center provides that safe place for teens, despite the bad reputation a hub for teen activity often accumulates.
As noted by the Teen Center staff, those who have an opinion of the teen center are very polarized in their views.
As one anonymous White Rock teen said, “Isn’t the teen center a druggie hang out?” A non-participant at the teen center, this teen represents one of the two main camps of opinion in the Los Alamos community about LATC. There are those who have experienced the teen center, and those who have not. Los Alamos native and LAPS School Board Vice President Kevin Honnell offers a contrasting voice, calling the teen center “long overdue.” With more than 200 teens visiting each week, the influence of the teen center is a very real concern.
Often times, teen gathering sites form a bad reputation with adults.