Tell us about TeenN'MPower.
TeeN'MPower is for teens between 13-18 who are bi, gay, trans, or questioning, and their allies. We provide a safe place to teens to be themselves. We educate teens on HIV/STI prevention and also things that are happening in teens lives, like bullying, personal space, etc.
Why is this organization so important?
The organization is important because it provides youth a safe place to be who they are in a judgement-free zone.
Have you seen TeeN'MPower become a strong support system for those that don't have one?
Yes, we have seen teens come to us shy and timid. As time has gone by, they improved in their social skills and even in their studies. We have had teachers and GSA advisors say that since the teens have started attending TeeN'MPower, it's been like [seeing] whole new student[s].
What can we, as a community, do to help build up the organization?
I think inform the teens about programs like TeeN'MPower and the under-21 group. At times, we, as a community, focus on the adults and what resources are out there for them...we forget about our youth and [their] needs.
Any upcoming events you want to promote?
The hours are changing for TeeN'MPower….[They] are now going to be Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:00-8:00, and Fridays, 5:00-7:00. Pride would be our biggest event coming up.