When contemplating holiday charitable gift contributions, the St. Charles Park District reminds generous donors that the STC Underground teen center is always a worthy cause.
Located on the lower level of the Baker Community Center, STC Underground has been providing area middle and high school students with a safe, fun, drug- and alcohol-free, fully supervised place to study and socialize since 2001. Along with taking advantage of dedicated study nights, exciting day trips to area attractions, and art and athletic programs, STC Underground students can participate in volunteer activities that provide valuable leadership experience while further benefitting the greater St. Charles community.
Donations to the STC Underground help make all this possible. From underwriting the cost of study night refreshments to admission tickets to day trip venues, every charitable contribution to the STC Underground goes directly to making sure St. Charles tweens and teens continue to enjoy quality activities at little or no additional cost.
“The Teen Center runs at no cost to users, and offers extremely low cost programming in the instances where we do charge,” said Darby Beasley, Teen Program and Center Director. “A donation could go to a program such as our recent ‘Thanksgiving Dinner Warm Up” where we provided a huge, family-style meal to anyone in attendance. We purchased all the food but asked just a $5 donation from the kids.” Other donations are applied to general upkeep, program supplies, equipment needs and other essentials that are basic to the STC Underground operation.
Under the guidance of Beasley and Dan Procaccio, Teen Recreation Supervisor, the STC Underground is enjoyed by more than 1,000 local members, a record user number. The STC Underground is open to all middle and high school students ages 11 to 19 who reside within the CUSD 303 boundaries. This includes private, parochial and home-schooled students. Membership in the STC Underground is free and easy to obtain. Interested students complete and submit a Code of Conduct form that is signed by both student and parent or legal guardian. Forms are available online at stcunderground.com.
Donations to the STC Underground are tax-deductible and can be mailed to the St. Charles Park Foundation, “Friends of the Teen Center,” Baker Community Center, 213 Walnut Street, St. Charles, IL 60174.