The Essex Teen Center, a program of Essex CHIPS, recently received a gift in the amount of $25,000 from the Hoehl Family Foundation. According to Essex CHIPS Director of Programming, Adriane Schubert, “The support from the Hoehl Family Foundation will allow us to maintain a no cost retreat for youth in the Essex Community. With this funding the Essex Teen Center staff will be able to expand the activities, grow the program’s reach and increase long term sustainability.”
The Essex Teen Center opened its doors in 1996 as a space for students to engage in productive activities free-of-charge after school. Since then the program has grown and is now serving middle school students from Essex Middle School and Albert D. Lawton Intermediate School Tuesday through Thursday and Fleming School Students on Monday afternoons at the ‘Tween Center’ during the school year.
“The Essex Teen Center strives to support middle school-aged youth in developing strong values, making positive decisions, and connecting with adults and the greater community,” Schubert said. Staff at Essex CHIPS are grateful for the Hoehl Family Foundation’s support, the first grant of its size to ever be awarded to the Teen Center.
The Hoehl Family Foundation is a charitable foundation that serves to enhance the lives of Vermonters through the support of nonprofits that help meet Vermonters’ basic human needs, education, religious beliefs and health. The funds will help in advancing the mission and development of the after school program by supporting the salary for a full time Teen Center Coordinator in the position’s second year at Essex CHIPS.
Jessica Jackson is the new full-time Teen Center Coordinator at Essex CHIPS this year. Jackson has been with CHIPS since 2013 as the AmeriCorps State Youth Outreach Coordinator and is excited for another wonderful year in the Teen Center. The fun and games will begin Sept. 9 when the Teen Center opens its doors. Tween Center will open the following week, on Sept. 15.