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Celebrate Teen Night With the DC Arts Commission

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Office of Teen Programs will host a summer finale of its innovative program Teen Night. The event, which will be held at the Harry Thomas Recreation Center, 1743 Lincoln Road, NE, Friday, August 22 from 5 pm to 11 pm will close the summer season of the youth-focused program which to date has had attracted over 7100 District youth participants. Over 2,500 District teenagers from the city’s eight wards are expected to be in attendance.

Many local organizations have partnered with DPR to make the finale as fun, socially-impacting and culturally-educational as possible. These include: the DC Metropolitan Police Department, DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department and DC Firefighting BBQ Team, District of Columbia Public Library, Mission Church, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Metro TeenAIDS, Revel Youth Shine, DC Office of Disability Rights, and American Lung Association/Team Champions. Programming for the event will include music and dance performances, food, and sports tournaments.

“What an exciting way to bring to a close a great summer of outstanding programming for our teenagers,” said Clark E. Ray, DPR director. “The overwhelming success of the program this year has reflected that our young people are invested in their communities and that this agency is invested in our young people.”

From 5 pm to 10 pm each of the partnering organizations will have tables to display and distribute informational literature. HIV testing and information will also be available for District teenagers as well. World Missions for Christ Church will be hosting a Back-to-School giveaway. On-site registration is required and giveaways will be available from 5 pm to 7 pm, distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

Opportunities to participate still exist for government agencies and community based organizations. For more information: Contact the DPR Office of Teen Programs at (202) 671-0451.

About DPR Teen Night
Held every Friday at recreation centers throughout the eight wards of the District, teens ages 13-19 have been flocking to DPR Teen Night, tailor-made nights of fun, education and inspiration created for them by them. DPR Teen Nights include everything from playing traditional sports like volleyball, kickball, dodge ball and double-dutch to producing poetry slams, singing karaoke and participating in life skills workshops. The weekly event is hosted by the Office of Teen Programs.

About DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
Since 1968, The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) has provided grants, professional opportunities, education enrichment, and other programs and services to individuals and nonprofit organizations in all communities within the District of Columbia. DCCAH provides financial support and conducts programming in three primary areas: DC Creates Public Art, Arts Learning and Outreach & Arts Building Communities (Grants and Programs). For information about supporting and participating in programs sponsored by the Arts Commission, please visit www.dcarts.dc.gov or contact us at (202) 724-5613.

About Metro TeenAIDS
Metro TeenAIDS, founded in 1988, is a community health organization dedicated to supporting young people in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Through education, support, and advocacy, MTA provides HIV testing and counseling to prevent the spread of HIV. MTA promotes responsible decision-making through its in-school and after-school school programs, and improves the quality of life for young people who are HIV-positive, at risk of HIV infection, or in families with HIV/AIDS. MTA is the only organization in the Washington, DC area focused solely on the needs of youth as they relate to HIV and AIDS.

About Revel Youth Shine
Revel Youth Shine (RYS) is a music, literacy and arts development program. We use the "Arts to Heal Hearts". Our programs have been assisting the youth of Washington, DC for over seven years. The CCCYVP grant will target ages 12 to 24. The program will introduce to the District a unique effort to combat the violence in our city. We call it the “GOGO in Peace Movement." We have chosen the music genre of GOGO because it can reach the largest amount of young adults. We hope to replace the violent and derogatory GOGO lyrics with more positive, thought provoking lyrics, rhythms and beats. To replace a dark forbidding atmosphere with a safe space that is full of great times that can create memorable moments. To join the movement contact Andrea Simmons via email at [email protected].

About the DC Office of Disability Rights
The DC Office of Disability Rights (ODR) ensures that the programs, services, benefits, activities and facilities operated or funded by the District of Columbia are fully accessible to and useable by people with disabilities. ODR is committed to inclusion, community-based services, and self-determination for people with disabilities. ODR is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the city's obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as well as other disability rights laws.

About Team Champions
Team Champions is committed to the transformation of our community by empowering youth through personal development, educational/vocational development and employment training.

The District of Columbia Public Library
The District of Columbia Public Library is a great place for teens. Reading, gaming, films, and music and computers are here for you and they are free. Personal tutoring available everyday online and you can practice for the PSATs and SATs online. The Library is looking for 100 Teens of Distinction to work in the libraries during the school year. Log on to dcpl.dc.gov and check it out!