Crowds gathered as eight of the First Friday Café Open Mic Night teen performers entertained visitors of Yorktown’s third annual street fair.
This was the first time the teens performed at the street festival; they usually play at the Teen Center’s open mic. Organizers of the street festival recruited the teens who were excited to have another venue to play at.
First Friday Café Open Mic is a joint venture of the Justin Veatch Fund and the Yorktown Teen Center to promote the creativity and talents of area youth. The Open Mic provides a safe and supervised venue for teens to perform for their peers.
This season the First Friday Café Open Mic will be “on tour.” The teens normally perform in the nutrition room of the Yorktown Community and Cultural Center. The room is being renovated, displacing the teens. The October 14th Open Mic will be at Solaris Sports Club at 6:30 pm. The November 4th Open Mic will be at Club Fit. The Teen Center is searching for venues for December 2, January 6 and February 2.
Over the years, hundreds of teens have benefited from programs operating as the Yorktown Teen Center. The YTC has been run at various times by the town, a national youth organization and through the participation of many local volunteers. In June 2009, financial difficulties made it impossible for the national organization to continue supporting the Yorktown site. To fill this new void in the community, the former Advisory Board reorganized as a steering committee (in June 2009) and proceeded to incorporate to become the present Yorktown Teen Center, Inc. (a Not-for-Profit 501c3 charity). Its mission is to provide safe, positive, enriching, fun, supervised programs for teens. The newly organized center was recently described in the North County News as one of “the best and the brightest beacons for the future.”
Yorktown Teen Center is open to middle and high school students that reside in the Yorktown community. For more information about the center or upcoming events visit their website at www.yorktowntc.org or call 914-302-2123.
Photos courtesy The Justin Veatch Fund and the Yorktown Teen Center