FOR TEENS

Overview

Every day you will have a multitude of activities to choose from, such as art, STEM, homework help, video games, and activities such as pool and basketball. We also offer snacks and dinner daily. There are also several focused groups that we host throughout the week, including, but not limited to, cooking class, guys group, girls group, LGBTQIA+ group, and more. There is no cost at all for you to come to the space, but you do have to register.

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You are the reason we are here, and we think that the world can do a better job of helping you. BTO offers a place to hang out, programs that have been suggested by teens, opportunities for community service, free tutoring, and access to counseling.  You can just hang out, be a part of it all, or something in between.

Rules

Our rules center on RESPECT – respect for yourself, respect for ALL others, respect for the space.

Our center uses a three-warning system to give you a chance to improve your actions.
Warning 1: You’ll be reminded of the rule and asked to stop.
Warning 2: You’ll be reminded that this is your second warning and that the next warning is your last.
Warning 3: You’ll be reminded that this is your last warning and that it’s to leave for the night and cannot return until the next open day.

Behaviors that warrant a warning:

  • Horseplay
  • Bullying
  • Disrespect of anyone in the space (language, behavior, etc.)
  • Throwing supplies around the space
  • Destructive Behavior
  • Excessive PDA (sitting on each other, making out)
  •  Entering spaces that are off limits
  • Not allowing others to participate
  • Repeatedly going in and out of the building – if you are outside, it is for programming only and two staff must be present

Behaviors that will IMMEDIATELY get you kicked out of BTO:

  • Three warnings
  • Possessing drugs of any kind
  • Physical altercations
  • Smoking or vaping
  • Bringing weapons of any kind into the space

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