The Bryan County High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions club hosted the grand reopening of the Miller Teen Center last Wednesday as the first step to increase youth leadership in Bryan County.
The SADD club’s president, Adrienne Kennedy, and vice president, Meghan Vaughn, led the ribbon cutting ceremony alongside Mayor Judy Cook, Congressman Buddy Carter, and many other pillars of the county.
The event was visited by more than 80 people from the community, along with several SADD members of the high school and middle school. The Pride of the Tribe Marching band accompanied with the BCHS cheer squad brought school pride to the opening.
Congressman Carter was also able to make an appearance at the opening. Carter made an inspirational speech directed towards the high school members of the SADD club.
The city of Pembroke graciously handed over the teen center to the SADD club earlier this year, and the leadership team has worked nonstop to make that building a safe place for its youth.
The building itself was decorated by the leadership team of the club.
However, the agriculture class and the art classes of the high school also made contributions to the furniture and the walls of the building.
The teen center under new management will hold community events as well as teen dances, karaoke nights, and other fun activities.
One of the biggest projects the SADD club hopes to bring to the teen center is cultural competency.
The club has planned events and field trips that will be inclusive of all types of youth. The goal of this project is to bring awareness to every different individual and show how our differences make us better together.
Overall, the teen center was created by the youth, for the youth. The opening is the start of many new ways to bring in teens and encourage them to say no to destructive decisions.