FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Children from 8 to 14 years now have a place to let off steam after school. Fort Bragg and Pope Field's Armed Services YMCA officially opened their new 'Tween' Center, March 31.

Located in the back of the ASYMCA, Building 2-2411, the Tween Center offers supervised tween fun. The room has three flatscreens with Wii systems, Dance Dance Revolution, karaoke, numerous board games and a snack bar.

"It's my pleasure to once again do another first for Fort Bragg, otherwise known as the center of the military universe, and that's to help open up a center that directly impacts our children and our Family members on the installation," said Col Stephen Sicinski, Fort Bragg Garrison commander.

"I think this Tween Center that the YMCA has thoughtfully sponsored and enabled, perfectly compliments the other children and Family programs that we have on the installation."
Fort Bragg currently has about 2,500 children between the ages 8 and 14 and has about five times that number off post - all of whom can enjoy the facility, said Sicinski.

"This fills a need and a gap on the installation," explained Sicinski on the lack of effective child supervision for tweens. "We have other places and programs for tweeners to go to at Tolson Youth Center, but sometimes they are offered during hours that aren't geared towards their needs. Our Tolson crowd is mainly geared toward teenagers as well."

The Tween Center will be open Mondays through Thursdays, from 3 to 6 p.m. Tweens will be allowed to use the facility while properly supervised by ASYMCA volunteers in keeping with Fort Bragg's "Home Alone" policy.

"You've got my thanks and on behalf of the senior commander and the senior leadership team here, for continuing to provide and deliver the services that make Fort Bragg a special place to live and work," Sicinski said.

The Tween Center will also be available for birthday parties and events.
For more information about the Tween Center, availability of events, or to volunteer, call the ASYMCA at 436-0500.