Teen Center, coordinator named Grand Marhsals
by Samara Postuma
The Grand Marshal of the 2014 Pierre Bottineau Parade is Tanya Hilger and the Maple Grove Teen Center. For the last 17 years, Maple Grove Parks and Recreation have been offering teen programs for the community and in 1997, the Teen Center was constructed as part of the Maple Grove Community Center. The Teen Center provides many opportunities for teens that teach, nurture and provide physical activity for youth ages 11 to 18.
Hilger has been the Youth Outreach Coordinator since 2003 and has helped develop many programs that integrate giving back to the community and working with local businesses. The Teen Center provides resources for teens finding employment, volunteer opportunities and a connection to their community.
In the summer of 2013, under the direction of Hilger, a new Maple Grove Skate Plaza was added and the number of participants at the Teen Center increased immensely. Hilger included many youth skateboarders in the planning process as they designed the new plaza and met with the design consultant and also met in person and via social media.
Other activities and events the Teen Center puts on include the annual Back To School fashion show, Battle of the Bands, Adopt-A-Park, Parents Night Out and Club Night in the Teen Center.
In addition to Hilger, there is a Teen Advisory Group and their role, as a teen led and run committee is to bring ideas to the Teen Center Staff about the interests and issues of teens using the Teen Center.
For teens who don’t choose to belong to the groups or committees already a part of the Maple Grove Teen Center there is a teen drop in center for all teens. “Our goal is to have a welcoming environment whether it is one time or on a regular basis,” Hilger said.
“I think for teens knowing they have a place they can hang out at anytime means a lot,” Hilger said. And when she says anytime, she means anytime. In the summer, the Maple Grove teen center is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
People can see Tanya and the Maple Grove Teen Center in the Maple Grove Parade Thursday, July 10, starting at 6:10 p.m.