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 in 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.
Current Programming Schedule:
Monday: Tween Center 3:00 - 5:30 PM
Tuesday: Teen Center 3:30 - 5:30 PM
Wednesday: Tween Center 2:15 - 5:00 PM
Thursday: Teen Center 3:30 - 5:30 PM
Tween Center 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 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 Outlet our LGBTQ+ group, Chef's Club and the Essex Youth Empowerment (EYE) Club.
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!