Published On: Fri, May 16th, 2014

Youth Center opens and the after school fun begins

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Entertainment begins at new Cavern youth center under The Spring at Montwell Park

The collaboration of the High Rocks leadership program and the Montwell Park project, known as The Cavern, opened May 8 under The Spring restaurant (formerly Fort Savannah). The Cavern is an after school youth oriented facility geared for 12-18 year olds in our community. On opening day, local teen band Second Block Rock played to a crowd of young folks and friends.

High Rocks program coordinator, Devin Preston, gives a shout out to the non-profit Appalachian Mountain Advocates for renovating the building to accommodate a community youth center in the downstairs of The Spring.

The Cavern will be open all year. They are starting with being open Monday through Friday from 3:30 until 6:30 p.m. for now; and will expand hours and days as summer rolls around. At least two Americorps members will be on hand while The Cavern is open to our youth.

Negotiations are underway to have a school bus stop added to this location for both dropoff and for pick-up by the activity buses.

Preston says, “We are providing a safe and healthy environment for teens to socialize.” The youth center will also offer many educational programs including agricultural events, food preparation, and entrepreneurship.

High School senior Kelsea Hower believes the teens will definitely embrace the new center. Hower and her boyfriend have been in since The Cavern opened to play pool and socialize. She adds, “In the heat of the summer, it is naturally cool down there; and we are also looking forward to the snack bar opening.”

On June 6, in conjunction with Lewisburg’s First Fridays, The Cavern is extending hours to give teens more of a chance to come in and check things out.

Lastly, Preston adds an open invitation for donations of musical instruments as teens are invited always to showcase the prowess either singing or playing. You may reach The Cavern at 304-667-7576.