Open house for potential members slated for Aug. 4
For 20 years the STC Underground (STCU) has provided a safe and dynamic place for teens to hang out and engage in activities geared toward their age group.
Located in the basement of the Baker Community Center, STCU provides amenities any teen would want in their own house such as foosball and billiards, video games, TVs and computers, as well as an art center and lounge.
And while teens enjoy hanging out at the STCU, members also participate in a variety of activities in and around St. Charles. Membership is free and open to teens ages 11-19 in middle or high school residing in the St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 boundaries.
Teens interested in becoming members are encouraged to attend the next STC Community Open House and Ice Cream Social from 4-8 p.m. Aug. 4. Parents and residents alike are welcome to attend as well.
“The open house serves as a bridge of connection to the community to see what we’re all about,” said Chris Holling, Teen Recreation Supervisor. “Guests can tour the facility, meet staff and other members and learn about the exciting things we have in store for the future.”
This summer, the STCU has a line-up of activities for members including a Block Party July 10; mini-golf at River View July 14; Teen Jeopardy July 23; Smash Bros Tournament Aug. 7; and a trip to Morton Arboretum Aug. 25.
“We really do try to enhance the lives of teens and help them get involved, so they have a good sense of what it’s like to be a part of a welcoming community,” Holling said. “We know how important this facility is for teens that come from diverse backgrounds and diverse upbringings. Our teens are colorful and unique, and we highlight their strengths and create programs that cater to what they enjoy, but also expose them to things they haven’t tried before.”
A new activity this year includes a partnership between STCU and the St. Charles Public Library to host Movies in the Park at the Pottawatomie Park Amphitheatre. STCU members will volunteer at the concession stand, with all proceeds benefiting the teen center. The movies include “Shrek” July 9 and “Pokemon Detective Pikachu” Aug. 13.
Also new at the STCU will be a mural installed to celebrate the teen center’s 20th anniversary. Members contributed ideas to the muralist to help create the piece of art that is expected to be on display in the lower-level walkway in August.
Knowing the teen center has been a “force in the community” for 20 years has solidified its position in the St. Charles community, Holling said.
“It really shows that there’s a need to pay attention to our youth, to invest in them and their futures. They are the leaders of tomorrow, and we can help set them up so they can pass the baton to the next generation,” he added.
For more information about the STCU and activities, visit www.stcunderground.com.