Bright shapes of color helped some Paso Robles’ youth express how having a teen center in the city is important to them.
The participants in Community Action Partnership’s Generation Next youth leadership program finished painting a mural Monday, which they will unveil to the community Thursday, marking the completion of their latest community service project to promote the center’s new name.
Formerly called LifeBound Leadership, the Paso Robles program aims to help youth become leaders through classes and activities so teens stay out of trouble. There’s also a similar program in Nipomo.
The leadership effort in Paso Robles underwent several changes in the last two years, mainly due to funding cuts. It reopened at the same location last year. In 2010, local teens helped paint and freshen up the space that boasts couches, computers, offices and a classroom. Today, Generation Next has 25 participants — 18 in Paso Robles and seven in Nipomo.
The teen center’s services are free for boys and girls ages 13 to 18. There are drop-in hours, service projects, a mentor program, leadership classes, life-skills groups, job preparedness and outdoor experiences, said Colleen Ryan, program health educator.
The group is also launching a new spring break program with Paso Robles’ Parks and Recreation Department for teens ages 12 to 18. A talk on how to sign up is planned for 4 to 8 p.m. March 30 at the teen center, 504 28th St.
For more information, call 227-0544 or visit www.capslo.org under the Programs link.
The public is invited to an unveiling of the mural from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at 504 28th St. For more information, call the teen center at 227-0544.