Teen Programming


Our teen programming is designed to meet the unique developmental needs of adolescents ages 13-18 years old.

Through a combination of group-based activities, social outings, and workshops, teens who have experienced the death of a parent or sibling have the opportunity to connect with each other in a safe and comfortable setting.

Upcoming Events

TCR Teen Mosaic Workshop: “Putting the Pieces Together”

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Saturday, April 29, 2017
2:00 pm to 5:30 pm
at The Children’s Room (1210 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, MA)

No previous experience or materials necessary! All you need to bring is a willingness to try out something new and create!

Teens will spend time together while creating personalized mosaics that may be laid flat or hung on the wall. Make the style your own—glass, tile, ceramics, abstract, linear, designed—the choice is yours!

Teens will be given the option to incorporate a memory piece such as a photograph or image. A brief techniques demonstration, tools, materials, and support will be offered by a visiting mosaics artist.

Teens, ages 13 to 18 years old, who have ever experienced the death of a parent or sibling are welcome.

Registration is required to attend. Please register before the Tuesday, April 25th deadline!

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TCR Teen Outdoor Adventure Event

Tires ChallengeSaturday, May 20, 2017
12:00 pm to 7:30 pm

No previous climbing experience necessary! All you need to bring is a sense of adventure, a bit of humor, and willingness to work alongside others!

tower climbTeens will try out a variety of courses, as they experience cooperative games, team-related tasks, and low ropes obstacles, working together to climb close to the ground. Participants will also have the opportunity to ascend or cross high ropes elements set among the trees, with teammates available for support and encouragement.

Trained staff from MetroWest YMCA’s Family Outdoor Center will facilitate the activities and oversee the use of a safety harness system for the high ropes course.

This FREE event will include lunch at TCR and MetroWest YMCA staff facilitation of the ropes courses. Transportation to and from Hopkinton will be provided by TCR.

Teens, ages 13 to 18 years old, who have ever experienced the death of a parent or sibling are welcome.

Registration is required to attend. Please register before the Tuesday, May 20th deadline!

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Recent Events

TCR Teen Night at Kings Bowl America

Kings 2Teens will enjoy dinner service and a night out together at one of the most upscale and in-demand of bowling establishments in Massachusetts. This will be a great opportunity both to socialize with those who you have gotten to know over time, and to meet others for the first time while enjoying Kings’ retro-inspired environment.

Compiling Your Story: TCR Teen Album-Making Workshop

images-1Teens created small, personal books using an assortment of images and items that they find meaningful. Teens used their own photographs, brochures, old CD covers, scraps of t-shirt/cloth, or anything two-dimensional to create their own keepsake books.

 TCR Teen Challenge Event at Boda Borg Boston


Teens tackled a variety of challenges in a real-world gaming environment! Teams relied on collective determination, speed, strategizing, and flexibility to try out any number of Quests, each involving a series of short physical or mental challenges.


TCR Teen Night at BU Men’s Hockey

bu-vs-ne-image-1Teens cheered on the Boston University‘s men’s ice hockey team versus Northeastern University. This was a great opportunity to meet others who have had similar experiences while showing a little team spirit and enjoying the game!

 Plant-on-cracked-groundResiliency Panel Discussion For Teens

If you could ask any question of a young adult who has experienced the death of a parent or sibling – what would it be? Teens had their chance to hear from a whole panel!

Teens brainstormed anonymous questions and got to hear how our panel of five young adult TCR alumni navigated being a teen, branching into young adulthood, and making decisions about when, where, and how to share about their past losses.

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Teen Photography Workshop: Life Through My Lens

Everyone sees and experiences losses through their own unique lens. Teens joined together in a free, daylong workshop to find and express their views on life and loss, captured through the lens of a camera.


Steve Osemwenkhae

Participants visited Community Art Center and were guided by Professional Photographer Steve Osemwenkhae through the use of photographic equipment and techniques. Teens had the opportunity to connect with others, explore and photograph in the Cambridge community, and to use photo-enhancing software.

 Constructing Meaning: A Metals Workshop for Teens

Teens Jewlery Collage






Teens used metals in the creation of key chains, jewelry, sculpture, or other memory objects representing or preserving their memories. They were guided through the use of a variety of easily mastered techniques, such as stamping, molding, beading, or epoxy to create something truly unique, personal, and priceless.

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We’re in the process of planning more events, so stay in touch with us to make sure you hear about them! If you have any questions, contact us at teens@childrensroom.org or call 781-641-4741.

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Thank you to Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, for generously underwriting our expanded teen programming.