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.
TCR Teen Program Open House/Kickoff Event
Teens, ages 13 to 18 years old, who have ever experienced the death of a parent or sibling are welcome.
Let’s gear up for the great year ahead!
TCR Resiliency Panel Discussion for Teens
Teens played a part in this special, annual event by brainstorming questions for a panel of young adults. We learned how they 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 Climbing Event
Teens experienced low ropes obstacles, working together to strengthen their combined abilities to think creatively and communicate clearly as a team. Participants then had the opportunity to ascend or cross high ropes elements set among the trees, with teammates available for support and encouragement.
Trained staff from the “Adventure Pursuits Program” located at Gordon College’s La Vida Center for Outdoor Education & Leadership facilitated the activities and oversaw the use of a safety harness system for the high ropes course.
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.
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 Teen Program Open House/Kickoff Event
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 781-641-4741.
Thank you to Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, for generously underwriting our expanded teen programming.