Teen Haven Settles in College Station

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Teens who once had nowhere to go after school will now have a new venue to relax and hang out with friends.

As part of the National Boys and Girls Club Week, the Brazos Valley group will unveil a new center dedicated soley to teens ages 14 and up.

The new teen center will include several vital resources for the adolescents, including a computer lab with high speed internet access, private study rooms, and of course, games.

"We've obviously got the games and social activities that the kids will want, so we're going to create a safe, fun environment that also has the high tech bells and whistles that the teenagers need to be successful today," said Ron Rolett, president of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Brazos Valley.

Rolett said the new center, called "The Club at Consol -- which is located just walking distance from A&M Consolidated High School -- is the ideal location because of the convenience it offers the students.

"This is prime territory for us," said Rolett. "It's going to open up a lot of opportunities for us, and programs for the kids from Consolidated, Bryan and the private schools as well."

The new teen haven will host a variety of programs designed to allow the students an opportunity to do positive things in the community.

"We are working in strong character and leadership programs," said Rolett. "We're looking at a strong performing arts program that we would be able to conduct here."

Rolett said those are just some of the exciting programs they are working on, and that the students have played a vital role in the creation of programs and the center itself.

He said he couldn't be happier about their interest in the center.

"I'm most excited in the involvement the teens have had," said Rolett. "They were here over spring break in this area to get ready to open it up to the community, to let the community come see what they're so proud of."

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the new teen center will take place Tuesday around 4:30 p.m. The event will include a drum line march from A&M Consolidated, carnival-style games and refreshments.