The Mosholu Montefiore Community Center (MMCC) in the Bronx recently held its annual Teen Advisory Council Conference.
More than 120 teen from throughout the Bronx participated in the one-day conference at the Beacon 8 school that included workshops, group discussions and a talent show.
The teens came from MMCC’s 12 teen center sites. Each center meets once a month and the conference serves as an annual meeting where all of the centers come together.
“Our goal is to allow the kids to learn something they don’t really learn on a daily basis,” said section supervisor Maya Doyle. “We also want them to learn team building skills.”
Teens had a choice of attending sessions on the judicial system, social media, sports, self-esteem, drugs and alcohol, college and others. Facilitators from various fields were brought in to speak with the teens.
Also at the conference, the Edenwald Boys and Girls Club teen center won first place in the MMCC PSA competition. All centers were asked to create a PSA on a topic the teens feel passionate about. Edenwald’s PSA titled “Am I Next” highlighted how youth deal with stop-and-frisk and police brutality.
Participant Danielle Taylor from the Section 5 teen center in Co-Op City said she’s headed for college in fall at the historically Black Virginia State University. She said going to the conference gave her some vital information.
“I’m here to engage with new individuals, new people and engage in different things,” she said. “I went into the scholar athlete program because I am going to college as an athlete.”
Romance Pryor is a member of the Gun Hill Houses teen center and attended a session on boxing at the conference.
“I get to spend time with my friends here,” he said. “I don’t see them a lot unless we are at the center. I’m also meeting other kids.”
Coming from the Parkchester Boys and Girls Club teen center, Nikkia Hurt-Bey attended the judicial system session.
“I like law and it’s interesting to me so why not learn more about it? I love Boys and Girls Club. I’m here everyday. It’s better than me staying at home. I can go somewhere and do something productive in my life,” she said.
Throughout the year youth at the MMCC teen center can get homework help, college entrance assistance and test prep. They also participate in the Young Adult Internship Program, fitness programs and culinary arts training.
Teens get mentoring and life skills through the Passport to Manhood and Smart Girls programs.
To learn more about MMCC, call 718-882-4000 or go to www.mmcc.org.