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Teen Center

Call us: 802-878-6982 ext. 2

Contact us by email

Elle Nelson

Teen Center Director

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About the Teen Center

The Essex Teen Center provides a safe space for 4th-8th grade students to engage with peers and positive adult role models. Trained CHIPS staff and volunteers are on-site to supervise and organize events, field trips, activities, and prepare healthy snacks. 

There's lots of fun to be had in the Teen Center. Our space includes air hockey, a pool table, foosball, a basketball net, arts and crafts, piano and guitars, board games and puzzles, computers, and age-appropriate video games and movies.

The Essex Teen and Tween Center is open to 4th-8th grade students who live within the Essex Westford School District, and is free to attend. Teen Center is for grades 6th-8th, and Tween Center is for grades 4th-5th.

Programming Schedule beginning September 6, 2022:

Monday: Tween Center (4th-5th grade) 3:00 - 5:30 PM
Tuesday: Teen Center (6th-8th grade) 3:30 - 5:30 PM
Wednesday: Tween Center (4th-5th grade) 2:15 - 5:00 PM
Thursday: Teen Center (6th-8th grade) 3:30 - 5:30 PM
Friday: Closed


Tween Center (4th-5th grade) follows this structured schedule:

3:00 - 3:50 Arrive + sign-in, sign-up for activities, snack, free time
3:50 - 4:00 PM Group circle
4:00 - 4:30 PM Activity time - varies each week but generally we make crafts, play active games and use the computer lab
4:30 - 5:30 Free time, sign out


Teen Center (6th-8th grade) is less structured and activities are tailored to what youth want each day. We make snack together and have circle time while eating. 

We will be offering additional clubs throughout the year like our Random Acts of Kindness Club, True Leaders in Equity and Comics Club.

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Hours and Operations

Volunteer in the Teen Center

Essex CHIPS is looking for high school and adult volunteers to help supervise our Teen Center.

Gain experience working with youth, have a positive, lasting impact on youth, and have fun!




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