Teen Programming


Though experiencing a death can be a life-changing event for anyone, adolescence is a crucial period of development. Our Teen Program is designed to meet the unique psychosocial needs of adolescents, ages 13-18 years old, who have experienced the death of a parent or sibling. The program incorporates a variety of free social outings and expressive arts-based workshops in order to meet a wide range of teens’ natural interests, skills, comfort levels, and communication styles. 

Upcoming Events

Coming soon in the fall!

Recent Events

TCR Challenge Event For Teens

Teens spent time in Boda Borg’s real-world gaming environment, tackling a variety of challenges all while meeting some new people! They relied on their team’s collective determination, speed, strategizing, and flexibility to try a variety of fun, short, physical or mental trials. Climbed through swinging jungle obstacles, battle pirates, show off your dance skills in a laser room, or escape Alcatraz.


TCR Teen Glass Workshop

Teens enjoyed lunch together at TCR, then traveled into Boston to visit one of the area’s most well-respected glass studios!

Diablo Glass School’s professional instructors shared a lively glassblowing demo, a technique involving inflating molten glass. Teens then had the opportunity to try their hand at glasswork, combining selections of glass pieces into one-of-a-kind designs.



TCR Teen Sign Making Workshop

Teens visited ArtLounge and were welcomed with a variety of options to create their own wooden signs using distressed wood techniques and a combination of stencils.  The signs featured their choice of quote, words, and embellishments, as they pieced together options to make a meaningful design of their own.

TCR Teen Indoor Climbing Event

Trained staff from Brooklyn Boulders (BKB) facilitated belay, bouldering, and auto-belay activities. Teens worked together in new ways, trying BKB’s interactive team games and cooperative indoor climbing tasks. Everyone took time to stretch their limits and ascend rock wall courses, while also getting to know others! 

TCR Teen Program Kickoff Event

New and Returning teens helped us kick-off our 2018-2019 year, and caught a sneak peek at all that we have planned. TCR provided dinner and a place to spend time with others interested in our unique offerings just for teens. Everyone got a sneak peek at our plans for the year ahead and worked together on a new collaborative teen mosaic!

TCR Teen Challenge Event at Boda Borg Boston

Teens went to Boda Borg Boston to band together in small teams and tackle a variety of challenges in a real-world gaming environment! They relied on their 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 Metals Workshop

Local artisan Karenna Maraj shared demonstrations of a variety of interesting and easily mastered techniques, including stamping, beading, patina, and epoxy. Teens were then given time to work independently, experimenting and creating unique, personal key chains, pendants, money clips, bracelets, or ornamental pieces. As a meaningful addition, teens were able to incorporate imagery, photographs, or other embellishments to create mixed-media pieces involving metals.

TCR Teen Culinary Day at Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street

Teens collaborated in small teams to prepare and cook dishes, and then enjoyed a family style meal together, tasting the variety of foods created throughout the day. They also brought a “memory recipe” or image of a food connected to their person who died. The group discussed that food can have deep meaning, with the smells and tastes bringing vivid and unique memories.

TCR Teen Night @ BU Hockey

Teens cheered on Boston University’s men’s ice hockey team vs. Providence College. This was a great opportunity to meet others who have had similar experiences while showing a little team spirit and enjoying the game. Each of the teens also received a new BU hat, stadium meal, and had the opportunity to go out onto the ice rink, meeting the mascot and collecting pucks.


TCR Resiliency Panel Discussion For Teens

High-school teens were able to engage with a panel of young adult TCR alumni. Teens were able to ask questions and to hear how our alumni navigated being a teen, branching into young adulthood, coping with challenging days, and making decisions about when, where, and how to share about their past losses.

TCR Teen Outdoor Adventure Event

Teens tried out a variety of courses, as they experienced cooperative games, team-related tasks, and low ropes obstacles, working together to climb close to the ground. Participants also had 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 facilitated the activities and oversaw the use of a safety harness system for the high ropes course.

TCR Teen Mosaic Workshop: “Putting the Pieces Together”

Teens spent time together while creating personalized mosaics that could be laid flat or hung on the wall. They made the style their own—glass, tile, ceramics, abstract, linear, designed—the choice was theirs!

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

TCR Teen Night at Kings Bowl America

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Teens enjoyed dinner service and a night out together at one of the most upscale and in-demand of bowling establishments in Massachusetts. This was a great opportunity to socialize with those whom the teens have gotten to know over time and to meet others for the first time, all while enjoying Kings’ retro-inspired environment.

Compiling Your Story: TCR Teen Album-Making Workshop

Teens 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.

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.

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.

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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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