EDGE Teen Center and MidPointe Library System are collaborating to provide after-school programming for Lakota West teens five days a week for the 2022/23 school year.
“EDGE@West,” as it has come to be known, has been providing teens with safe and productive programming at the Library on Centre Pointe Drive since the fall of 2021. In a response to the popularity of the program, it grew from one to two days in the winter. Students participate in activities in the Library community room.
For the upcoming school year, EDGE plans to provide: tutoring, group mental health counseling with Focus on Youth, post graduation education planning, yoga, prevention education, employment skills, community service opportunities and more.
“It has always been our goal to provide the entire district with meaningful after school programming specifically designed for high schoolers. We are thrilled to be collaborating with MidPointe to meet the needs of local teenagers,” says Sara Gabbard, Executive Director of EDGE.
“Our partnership is a win/win for both organizations and the community as well,” said Travis Bautz, MidPointe Library System Executive Director. “Providing space and resources for the exceptional services EDGE provides is directly aligned with MidPointe’s mission and vision.”
About EDGE Teen Center: The EDGE Teen Center serves approximately 800 unique teens each year across all programs. These programs include providing safe after school environments and mobile programming designed to build skills in the areas of healthy living, academic success, life skills and community service. EDGE Teen Center’s mission is to empower teens to impact the world. For more information, please visit www.edgeteencenter.com or contact Sara Gabbard at (513)755-2400.
About MidPointe Library System: The MidPointe Library System serves a population of almost 200,000 people in the cities of Middletown, Trenton, and Monroe and the townships of West Chester, Liberty, Lemon, Madison, and Wayne with a collection of nearly half a million materials. The Library offers locations in downtown Middletown, Liberty Township, Monroe, Trenton and West Chester, as well as a bookmobile. For more information, please visit www.midpointelibrary.org or contact Cari Hillman at (513)705-8511.