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New Teen Center Opens At Diamond Run Mall

RUTLAND - A new teen center called The Chill Zone, which has been in the works since June, will have it's grand opening on Dec. 2. The event will feature refreshments and live entertainment featuring a DJ. The center will be run by Bruce Wilson, program director of Services rendered, a non-profit organization based in Burlington.

The center is free to all area youths, ideally between the ages of 14 to 20,and will offer various services and activities such as fitness, arts, games and mentoring programs, as well as working with other local service organizations.

All visitors are required to do is sign-in at the front desk and the facility is a no drugs, alcohol and tobacco zone. A parent can also bring a young person to the center as well. Some of the activities The Chill Zone will offer include multiple computers, WiFi, X-Box and Wii, ping-pong, pool and air hockey tables.

The overall project budget for the center is $50,000, while Wilson to this point has currently collected about $10,000. However, they are working hard to recruit new sponsors while also applying for grant money. A few local sponsors already onboard include Aaron's Furniture, Hampton Direct and the Rutland Herald.

Although there is still a long way to go to reach the monetary goal, the organization is confident that because this is a positive venture for everyone involved - the kids, the community and the mall, that the goals will be reached which will allow the center to continue and thrive.

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