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Teens Beat Boredom and Get Busy!

Images via WJLA and Audacity of Hoops

There are numerous opportunities for local teens to have new experiences, build their self-esteem, and work on life skills in a safe, positive environment.

Audacity of Hoops 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament
Get your team together and be ready to play on Saturday, November 2 in downtown Silver Spring. This annual tournament is a favorite of many local teens with trophies awarded for boys and girls teams for first place, second place, MVP, and sportsmanship. Live music from a local DJ will get players pumped up as we close Ellsworth Drive for the day and line it with hoops. Visit the Audacity of Hoops Facebook page to see photos from last year’s tournament and get excited for this year’s event! This is a high school age event open to County residents in grades 9 – 12 and participants must bring a student ID. Registration starts at 9:00 am with the Girls Tournament kicking off at 10:00 am and the Boys Tournament kicking off at 1:00 pm. For more information, contact Jose Segura at  

Sports Academies Offer Way More Than Sports at Four Area High Schools
Where else in the County can high school students learn to cook, dance, participate in fitness training, AND play sports including basketball and soccer? Sports Academies offer free after school programming at four area high schools and provide tutoring and homework help in addition to the other fun activities. Students at Blair, Springbrook, Einstein and Wheaton High Schools can register for the program simply by heading into the cafeteria at the end of the school day. They can choose from a wide variety of activities Mondays - Thursdays from 2:30 until 5:00 pm (Springbrook ends the day at 4:30 pm).  For more information show up or contact Jose Segura at or 240-777-6916.

Teens Benefit From Early Job Readiness Training
Teen Works is a year round program for students ages 16 to graduation providing the opportunity to learn valuable skills, participate as an employee, attend college tours, receive financial literacy training, and start growing that valuable network of references that will carry them through college and job interviews. Teens are placed in a public sector and non-profit job where they can work up to 4 hours a weekday or 8 hours on weekends. For more information call 240-777-8080.

Teens Make a Difference in the Youth Advisory Committee
What better way to get involved in teen activities than to be part of the planning process? Kids who join the County Executive’s Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) have a direct impact on what goes on around the County for teens. They advise the County Executive and County Council on policy matters that affect teens. They help plan and promote safe, fun teen events and they build leadership skills as they discuss the importance of making positive choices and community services with their peers around the County. Plus, these teen volunteers receive student service learning credits for their efforts! Want to know more? Call 240.777.6870 to find out about events and the next round of applications.