• (From left) Brenda Berry, director, Child, Youth and School Services; Vincent Allen, director, Teen Center; Angelica Stewart, representing the middle school; Joseph Kauffman, representing the high school; Col. Mary Garr, commander, U.S. Army Garrison;   Paul Matthews, director, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; Kevin Parikh, Lakeshore Engineering Services; and Sgt. Seth Sutherland, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, USAG, cut the ribbon Oct. 7 officially opening the new center for middle and high school teenagers. The new teen center, for eligible youth grades six through 12, will provide age appropriate programs and services.

    Teen Center Ribbon Cutting

    (From left) Brenda Berry, director, Child, Youth and School Services; Vincent Allen, director, Teen Center; Angelica Stewart, representing the middle school; Joseph Kauffman, representing the high school; Col. Mary Garr, commander, U.S. Army Garrison...

  • (From left) 1st Sgt. Rosalba Chambers, Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Harris, and Sgt. Seth Sutherland, try out the Dance Revolution, one of several activities available for teens at the center.

    Teen Center Dance Mat

    (From left) 1st Sgt. Rosalba Chambers, Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Harris, and Sgt. Seth Sutherland, try out the Dance Revolution, one of several activities available for teens at the center.

  • (From left) Brenda Berry, director, Child, Youth and School Services; Paul Matthews, director, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; Angelica Stewart, representing the middle school, Joseph Kauffman, representing the high school; and Vincent Allen, director, Teen Center; cut the cake celebrating the opening of the new teen center Oct. 7.

    Teen Center Cake Cutting

    (From left) Brenda Berry, director, Child, Youth and School Services; Paul Matthews, director, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; Angelica Stewart, representing the middle school, Joseph Kauffman, representing the high school; and Vincent...

  • The 20,668-square-foot facility, with its colorful décor, features culinary arts, computer technology lab, activity rooms, tutors to help with homework, a multi-purpose room with adjustable basketball goals, art stations, varieties of music and board games, and much more.

    Teen Center Interior

    The 20,668-square-foot facility, with its colorful décor, features culinary arts, computer technology lab, activity rooms, tutors to help with homework, a multi-purpose room with adjustable basketball goals, art stations, varieties of music and board...

(FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas) --A ribbon cutting ceremony held Oct. 7 officially opened the Child, Youth and School Services Teen Center at Fort Sam Houston.

The ceremony began with the National Anthem followed by an invocation delivered by Col.Karl Kuckhahn, installation chaplain.

Col. Mary Garr, commander, U.S. Army Garrison; Paul Matthews, director, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; Brenda Berry, director, Child,Youth and School Services; Vincent Allen, director, Teen Center; Kevin Parikh, Lakeshore Engineering Services; Sgt. Seth Sutherland, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, USAG; Joseph Kauffman, representing the high school; and Angelica Stewart, representing the middle school, assisted in the ribbon cutting ceremony.

"In today's environment we have something called the Army Family Covenant and it is not just words. We recruit Soldiers but we retain Families and the only way to do that is to ensure that they have that quality of life commensurate with the service that our members are providing every single day," Garr said.

"We are collectively enhancing the needs of our kids and with the growth we have coming into Fort Sam Houston, this is one more step in that direction," Garr said.

"The future is bright, because leadership is committed to improving programs, services and facilities and I have little doubt that Fort Sam will be the showcase for the rest of the Army. It is a great place for our youth to grow, mature, and develop life skills that will serve them better in the years ahead," said Matthews.

The 20,668 square-foot center is one of the first Base Realignment and Closure facilities to be built for the Department of the Army Child and Youth Services Division. The 60-capacity modular building will provide age-appropriate programming for grades six through 12.

Designed with input from youth, the center features game systems including the Wii, Play Station 2, Nintendo DS, Dance Revolution and X-box, music, board games, art supplies and plenty of sports including a ping pong table, outdoor pool table, and a rock climbing wall.

Dodge balls, tennis balls and scooters are available for use; plus computers in the computer technology lab, an area for culinary arts, activity rooms, and a multipurpose room with adjustable basketball goals.

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