Over 70 girls participated in a Girls Only Night held Friday, February 24, 2012 at the Yorktown Teen Center. The event was held by the Teen Center to encourage girls to enjoy the center facilities. The night included classes in self defense, Hip-Hop, Zumba and Yoga. Also girls made chocolate candy lollipops, chocolate pretzels and decorated cupcakes.
“Our goal was to have at least 20 girls, but having 70 was awesome! Until recently our membership was almost all males. We need the diversity and energy the young women bring. Friday was amazing to feel the energy” said Helena Rodriguez, Teen Center board president.
The candy making table was crowded with the young women making roses, shamrocks and other shapes of chocolate lollypops. Maria Marks, Lions Club president, taught the girls candy making, something she has been doing since she was their age. Ms. Marks also donated a large five pound chocolate bunny that she made to the Teen Center.
Being safety conscious is a needed skill and the girls received self defense tips by Killeen Good. After being violently attacked in college, Ms. Good was inspired to educate women in learning how to protect themselves. She is a personal trainer and 5th degree Martial Arts Master trainer.
Zumba was the most popular of the exercise programs of the evening and was led by Eileen Torres. Also popular was yoga led by Roxanne Gamory, who did two sessions as the demand was greater than the number of mats available.
Josh from The Dance Stop II led a group in hip-hop. The Dance Stop II will be holding a Dance Party on Saturday, March 10 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at their studio 30 Route 118 (Mahopac/Baldwin Place). It is open to sixth grade students and a portion of the proceeds from that event will benefit the Teen Center.
Other events of the night included cupcake decorating, Xbox Kinect Dance, Karaoke and a movie. A few Marist College students came and volunteered to help. All were sorority women of Kappa Kappa Gama. The Kappas showed the girls how to decorate the cupcakes to look like owls and carousels.
“I think they all had fun. We had fun watching them go from one thing to another,” said Melissa Montaruli, Board vice president. “We appreciate the instructors’ generous gift of sharing their skills with the girls!”
What about the boys? Some came to the center at 9:30 pm unexpectedly. Why, to help clean up! “I’m so proud of the boys for coming to help us cleanup. We never asked them to, it came from them.” said Judy Arnold, a Board member and volunteer.
Yorktown Teen Center is a 501c3 charity corporation established in August 2009. Its mission is to provide safe, positive, enriching, fun, supervised programs for teens. The center is located in room 102 at the Yorktown Community and Cultural Center, 1974 Commerce Street, Yorktown, New York. For more information about the center or other upcoming events contact the Yorktown Teen Center by calling 914-302-2123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photographs by Helena Rodriguez