Avenue A Teen & Community Center

Coordinator – Jacqueline Roland

Ave A Front

   AvenueA@grapevinenh.org               42 Main St. Antrim

Facebook page        Teens Only Facebook page            Parent’s facebook page  

twitter: @avenueatc          instagram: avenueatc

Avenue A Teen & Community Center began in 2007 as a community initiative to serve teens in the Monadnock Region and has been a program of The Grapevine Family & Community Resource Center ever since. Located at 42 Main Street in the Antrim Mill offices, Avenue A is a space where teens can be themselves and spend time with friends, while taking advantage of everything we have to offer. This includes wi­-fi, comfortable couches and chairs, free food and drinks, a pool and ping pong table, foosball, and many games, art supplies, activities and instruments.

Inside Ave A

Family Safety Seminar

Click HERE for information shared at our recent Internet Safety Seminar at the Avenue A Teen and Community Center….internet safety pledge older childreninternet safety pledge young children

Special thanks to our our co-sponsor, The River Center, and our panelists, parenting educators Carol Lunan and Bonnie Harris, Conval School District Technology Integration Specialist Helfried Zrzavy and Mark Gallagher, Owner of MoonRivers Technology Group.

For teens 13­-18 years old

Current programming for teens includes Friday night open hours (generally 6:30­-9pm most Fridays), as well as tutoring services and college search and financial aid advice by appointment. We also offer special events, community service opportunities, and field trips on occasion. Check the Avenue A Facebook pages listed above for the most recent information on events and Friday night hours.

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For Great Brook students

The Avenue A Club at Avenue A Teen + Community Center is a dynamic and fun after school program for Great Brook Middle School students. The Club offers:

  • Sharing time at the start of each meeting which allows for a greater understanding of self and others and helps new friendships develop
  • The facility offers ping-pong, pool, foosball, board games, art materials and more!
  • Community service opportunities for those interested
  • School bus stop right near the Avenue A building

Fun is always at the top of the agenda at Avenue A Club!  Students may join any time during the year. The first visit requires no commitment, so come visit us and see what you think!

  • Registration is required.  Forms are available at GBS in the Main Office.
  • The Club meets every Wednesday when school is in session from 2:15-4:00pm.
  • After school Students can walk to Avenue A or take Bus #8 to our bus stop at the Trends of Fashion parking lot. The Club Coordinator meets students at the bus stop and walks them down to Avenue A.
  • The late bus picks students up at the Trends of Fashion parking lot for those who take a bus home.
  • Snacks are provided.
  • The cost for the program is $5.00 per week.  Scholarships are available because we want all interested students to be able to join us!

For more information, contact:

Arlene Soule,  Avenue A Club Coordinator        arlenes@grapevinenh.org

Coming soon for Great Brook school students, is our new Community Service Club! Avenue A and Great Brook School are collaborating to offer opportunities for GBS students to earn community service hours, so that students may better serve their community, themselves and their world. More information to follow!

Use our Space!

Avenue A is available as a community space for groups to use, for a donation, which is agreed upon by the Coordinator and the group interested in using the space. Current groups that meet at Avenue A include Alcoholics Anonymous (Sundays at 6pm), Al Anon (Wednesdays at 6pm), Antrim Church of Christ (Sunday mornings), the band Tombstone Territory and the HOPE Committee (Antrim’s substance misuse and prevention committee). The space has also been used for training programs and celebrations, such as birthday parties, anniversaries, holiday parties, etc. The donation fee requested for these types of events is typically $25 per hour but can be negotiated. Groups who schedule to use the space with a related mission may be able to use the space at a discount or at no cost. Contact us for more details.

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Involvement with the Community

Avenue A is not limited to the brick and mortar space of 42 Main Street. We are involved with all kinds of groups who are looking to make a difference in the community. Avenue A is a part of Monadnock Community Hospital’s Be The Change substance misuse and behavioral health task force, the HOPE Committee ­ (Antrim’s substance misuse and prevention committee), and has trained in the practices of Restorative Justice, a new way of looking at youth crime that focuses on repairing harm to the victim instead of punitive consequences. (Through the Restorative Justice process, youth offenders are held accountable, develop empathy and make amends.) Avenue A also collaborates with groups that also value child development and community building, such as Great Brook School, Antrim’s Brown Bag Coalition and Monadnock Roller Derby. Please contact us if you would like to discuss your community group working with Avenue A.

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Volunteers needed!

We are always looking for volunteers from the community to chaperone  our open hours and to help with various clubs and initiatives. Volunteers are required to have a background check completed, with the cost covered by The Grapevine.

A special thank you goes out to the towns of Antrim, Bennington and Hancock for generously providing direct funding to Avenue A. We could not exist without you! A hearty thanks to Rick Fitzgerald, who organized the Heard It Through The Grapevine open mic night, and to all of our volunteers and community members who donate time and dollars, so that Avenue A can exist.

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