More than 100 Mamaroneck High School students came out on Friday, April 24 for a new after-school café. On offer were free food, music, games and other activities, including Wii, Dance Revolution. Ping Pong, Nok Hockey, a Zumba dance class, and a skateboarding exhibition.
The event was organized by the Community Task Force on Teen Issues and the Youth Advisory Council, iniatives of Larchmont- Mamaroneck RADAR (Responsible Action: A Drug and Alcohol Resource). Event sponsors included the Rye YMCA, MHS, the Larchmont Police Benevolent Association, Anthony Quinn, Esq., and the 2nd Nature Skateboard Shop.
The first of its kind, the teen café event was designed to give high school students a supervised place to gather and have fun after school. “We clearly heard from our teens at Youth Dialogue Day last spring that they wanted a place to just hang out,” said Janet Buchbinder, president of RADAR.
“This pilot event was a perfect match with the original vision for the café, which was to break away from the traditional cafeteria and become a place for teens to socialize through a variety of activities. It was very gratifying to see this vision in action today.”
Lisa Ramos, a senior and member of the RADAR Student Advisory Council, helped serve pizza. She said she was thrilled at the turnout and was amazed to see 20 pizzas eaten in under 40 minutes. The feeding frenzy continued as the crowd moved on to other available snacks. “It’s great to have this because it gives everybody something to do. It really helps bring the community together, and the food is definitely an attraction too,” she added.
Doug Brown, owner of 2ndNature, provided outdoor entertainment with a skateboarding exhibition. Teen boarders then had an opportunity to try out the professional equipment.
Encouraged by the turnout, RADAR would like to hold more of these events in the future.
Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor, is urged to contact Janet Buchbinder at firstname.lastname@example.org or 914-834-6041.
Debbie Manetta is the Director of Public Information with the Mamaroneck School District