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Club Red's Mission: To encourage and empower Grand County teens to reach their full potential by providing programming and activities that promote education, recreation, community and leadership.

Club Red, the Moab Teen Center, is a growing community resource in Grand County. Developed to address the need for more teen focused community programs, Club Red provides local teens with a fun, positive environment as well as access to opportunities that will empower them to become accomplished individuals. Located beneath the Center Street Gym, the teen center operates after-school and during the summer. Teen center programming is available to all Grand County teens aged 12-18. Programming is varied and diverse, offering tutoring, recreational activities, social events, and community service projects.

Initially created as an Infant Through Youth Foundation outreach project in 2004, Club Red is now an independent program that is administered by the City of Moab and financially supported by the Friends of the Moab Teen Center, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization. The Friends Board is led by Alison Kennedy who has long history of involvement with non-profit and community organizations in Grand County. Alison describes the Friends of the Moab Teen Center as having dual roles. “It’s important for us not only to raise money for the teen center, but also to raise community awareness,” she says.

The teen center is also part of several community collaborations, including Wabi Sabi’s 2006 non-profit partners program and the Grand County School District’s “Smoke-Free Homes and Kids Campaign.” As part of this campaign, Club Red will be holding a workshop for teens where they will learn to create multimedia materials to promote the establishment of smoke-free homes in Grand County.

Recent Club Red events and activities have included a trip down Westwater Canyon with Sheri Griffith Expeditions, partnering with the Moab Swim Center to bring back the Sun Devil’s Swim Team, and a Teen Fair at the Moab Arts and Recreation Center.

In addition to special events, Club Red offers weekly drop-in activities at its Center Street location. Drop-in programming is flexible, allowing teens to sign-in and sign-out according to their schedules and needs. The teen center’s summer hours are 3pm-8pm Tuesday-Friday. During these times, teens can start an art project, socialize with friends or use a computer. Registration materials are available at Club Red as well as in the Moab City Recreation Department at City Center.

Joanna Sewall, Club Red’s Program Director, is very excited about the program, “The teen center is all about providing opportunities and connecting youth to local resources and mentors. Our goal is to offer something for everyone.” Joanna’s previous experience with youth includes teaching high school in New Orleans, LA and, more recently, coordinating writing workshops for Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake City, UT. In addition to Joanna, the teen center is staffed by two AmeriCorps members who offer a wide range of skills and experiences.

For more information about Club Red registration, programming, or fundraising please contact Joanna at 435-259-9991.


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