A place to call their own: USAG Daegu opens updated teen center

By Mathew GleesonApril 1, 2022

CAMP WALKER, Republic of Korea — With the cut of a ribbon, U.S. Army Garrison Daegu staff officially opened the doors to a newly renovated teen center March 25.

U.S. Army Garrison Daegu staff and a volunteer cut the ribbon in front of a newly renovated teen center at Camp Walker, Republic of Korea, March 25, 2022. The teen center was designed using input provided by USAG Daegu teenagers.
U.S. Army Garrison Daegu staff and a volunteer cut the ribbon in front of a newly renovated teen center at Camp Walker, Republic of Korea, March 25, 2022. The teen center was designed using input provided by USAG Daegu teenagers. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Mathew Gleeson) VIEW ORIGINAL

The updated teen center directly reflects the input of Camp Walker's youths. USAG Daegu’s Command Team spearheaded a series of information forums at Daegu Middle High School last fall and winter gathering ideas and input on how to make the garrison environment more inclusive and supportive for teens. Almost everything in the center is a direct reflection of input received from the teenagers themselves, said Garrison Commander Brian P. Schoellhorn during a recent tour.

The U.S. Army Garrison command team stands by for suggestions. Col. Brian P. Schoellhorn (left) and Command Sgt. Maj. Jonathon J. Blue (right), speak with Daegu Middle High School students at a teen forum, Dec. 2, 2021. The garrison command team used feedback gained from multiple teen forums to help shape renovations to Camp Walker's teen center, which was officially re-opened on March 25, 2022.
The U.S. Army Garrison command team stands by for suggestions. Col. Brian P. Schoellhorn (left) and Command Sgt. Maj. Jonathon J. Blue (right), speak with Daegu Middle High School students at a teen forum, Dec. 2, 2021. The garrison command team used feedback gained from multiple teen forums to help shape renovations to Camp Walker's teen center, which was officially re-opened on March 25, 2022. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Mathew Gleeson) VIEW ORIGINAL

"They wanted an arcade room, they wanted a café space, they wanted a place to work out in because they can't go to the gym without supervision if they're of certain ages. Now they have all those things and more," added LaToya Cardwell, Child and Youth Services Coordinator.

A staff member at Camp Walker's Teen Center hands out a raffle ticket to a local youth, March 25, 2022. The teen center was designed using input provided by USAG Daegu teenagers.
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A staff member at Camp Walker's Teen Center hands out a raffle ticket to a local youth, March 25, 2022. The teen center was designed using input provided by USAG Daegu teenagers. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Mathew Gleeson) VIEW ORIGINAL
A USAG Daegu youth walks in front of a foosball table at a newly renovated Camp Walker teen center, March 25, 2022. The teen center was designed using input provided by USAG Daegu teenagers.
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The USAG Daegu youths also have many other additional amenities including computer stations, foosball, and a selection of tabletop games and board games.

Although the garrison staff has made significant updates to the previous teen center, they have been careful to leave room for more changes.

"We have deliberately left some areas so that they can be decorated by the teens themselves. This is their space, and we want them to feel like they can make it their own," added Cardwell.

USAG Daegu is committed to being an Assignment of Choice and making the installations Great Places to Live and Work by providing excellent quality of life support and programs for military communities.