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Teens Unite! Features Pro-Social Activities that Bring Together Youth from Different Communities
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (June 22, 2018) --  On Saturday, June 16th, the City of West Palm Beach launched Teens Unite! – a free series of events for youths ages 12 to 18. This program was created in collaboration with several youth development programs and community centers in the north end of the city, such as Gaines Park Community Center, Coleman Park Community Center, Youth Empowerment Center, Police Athletic League, Salvation Army Northwest Community Center, and Boys & Girls Club.  Teens Unite! will take place every Saturday from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. through the summer months.

"Teens Unite! is an opportunity for our teens to gather in a safe space on Saturday nights,” said Kevin Jones, City of West Palm Beach Coordinator of Community Initiatives in the office of Mayor Jeri Muoio. “What I enjoy about this program is that it brings youths together from different communities that have historically experienced conflict."

Teens Unite! falls under the umbrella of the Mayor’s Village Initiative, an initiative created by Mayor Jeri Muoio that focuses on creating opportunities and reducing violence of African American boys and young men in the city. This year, the Mayor’s Village Initiative has partnered with CitiesUnited (citiesunited.org) to expand their vision and develop a plan of action for African American boys and young men in the Historic Northwest, Coleman Park, and Pleasant City communities.

“The Mayor’s Village Initiative intends to change the life outcomes for young men of color by creating more opportunities in the areas of education and job training, among others,” expressed West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “Providing programs that foster a healthy and safe environment for our youth is vital to bringing the community together and seeing the positive changes we want for our city. We look forward to our youth participating in this event.”

Other programs included in the Mayor’s Village Initiative are: Community & Police Dialogues/Kids & Cops Workshop; Workforce Development Program; Neighborhood Accountability Board (NAB); Operation Youth Violence: Reduction, Intervention, and Prevention (RIP); and Peace in the Streets walks.  

Teens Unite! will feature free pro-social activities, such as dance parties, pool parties, video games, movies, basketball, a talent showcase, and more! Teens Unite! will be held at a different location each week:  

June 23rd
Salvation Army Northwest Community Center
600 N. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach  

June 30th
De George Boys & Girls Club
4105 Pinewood Ave., West Palm Beach

July 7th  
Coleman Park Community Center
1116 21st St., West Palm Beach

July 14th  
Salvation Army Northwest Community Center
600 N. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach

July 21st  
Gaines Park Community Center
1501 N. Australian Ave., West Palm Beach

July 28th  
De George Boys & Girls Club
4105 Pinewood Ave., West Palm Beach

For more information about Teens Unite!, please contact Kevin Jones at (561) 822-1413 or kljones@wpb.org.  To learn more about the Mayor’s Village Initiative go to www.wpb.org.