Started by and for teens in 2008, the Teen Center has always offered a space for teens to connect with each and to the larger Addison County community. Throughout our history, we have strived to provide programming and spaces that support relationship and skills building. Our program offerings have expanded over the years, and now include social, emotional, and life skills development opportunities.
Located at the Middlebury Recreation Park, we are in a central location downtown, in walking distance from the middle school and the high school. We strive to provide varied after-school and summer break programming. We look forward to meeting new teens and continuing to serve the youth of our community!
We are excited to welcome Lindsey Fuentes George as the new executive director. A Georgia native, Lindsey has resided in Middlebury for 11 years, where she serves on the Town Selectboard, and was recently elected to a second term. She previously worked at the Counseling Service of Addison County and has a background in human services. As a mother of three and an active community member, Lindsey likes to read, garden, and watch sci-fi movies in her free time.
Youth Program and Engagement AmeriCorps Member
Nicholas, a Kentucky native, began volunteering at the Teen Center during his last semester at Middlebury College, and has been serving as an AmeriCorps State member with us since Fall of 2019! Nicholas has helped to expand the programming offerings here, makes some of the best snacks around, and continues to provide quality support to our local youth. When not in service, Nicholas can be found watching anime or baking up a storm!
Resource Development and Volunteer Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA
Mikayla is a recent graduate of the University of Vermont, and has been a resident of Middlebury for nearly 10 years. She is excited to serve her home town and give back to a community that has continuously supported her. Mikayla finds joy in strengthening community partnerships and finding opportunities to create new opportunities for youth. When not in service Mikayla enjoys cooking for her friends and family, being outdoors, and reading.
Privilege & Poverty Summer Intern
Meg is an Illinois native and rising sophomore at Middlebury College. They come to us by way of the Privilege and Poverty internship program at the Center for Community Engagement. Meg hopes to be a queer inclusive sexual education teacher one day, but in the meantime will continue to bring a cheery energy to the teen center! When not hanging out with teens and planning camp, Meg can be found hiking in the Green Mountains, cooking for their friends, and making super specific Spotify playlists.
Vermont Youth Development Corps: State AmeriCorps Member
Sharon comes to us from Colorado, where she spent many years of her career at Colorado State University, until retiring in 2019 to serve in the PeaceCorps! She completed 11 months of international service before she was sent home due to COVID-19. Upon looking for another service adventure, Sharon joins us for the summer as we embark on the best version of summer camp yet! In her free time, you can find Sharon exploring the area on foot and enjoying music, theater, and the arts.