We at Crosswalk are so excited to see all of our teens and volunteers! Its been too long! We love you guys!
THE NEW NORMAL OPENING"
Join us as we celebrate being back together! We will have food, games and art!
Crosswalk is excited to announce that we will be opening up Tuesday, June 16th, 2:30-7:00pm. We will begin the summer with four days per week and add Monday's in August as the state continues to reopen. Hope to see you Tuesday-Thursday 2:30-7:00pm, and Friday 2:30-6:00pm.
We will be taking precautions for everyone's safety: temperatures tests, hand washing/sanitizing stations, additional cleaning, encouraging social distancing, and limiting physical contact.
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Crosswalk Teen Center Closing Until Further Notice
Late Thursday evening, March 12, Governor Whitmer announced that Michigan public and private schools will be closed beginning Monday, March 16 until Monday, April 6 due to the increased number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Michigan. In order to do are part in preventing the potential spread of COVID-19 and in compliance with the governor’s order, Crosswalk Teen Center will be closed beginning Saturday, March 14 until further notice.
We hope that all the efforts that the state, schools, and Crosswalk are making will help to prevent the spread of the virus so we can resume operation and life as usual. We will be watching closely the status of reported cases in Eaton County and the Greater Lansing region and may decide it is safe enough to reopen before April 6. Please stay updated for potential announcements on Facebook and Instagram.
We are sorry for the inconvenience and know that many teens count on us for critical services, we will continue to be available for individual need requests via phone, email, and text. We encourage all of our teens and others to follow the CDC and health department recommendation to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
Posted by Crosswalk Teen Center | The County Journal | Charlotte, MI
The Crosswalk Career Connections program has hosted some great presenters over the last few weeks. Teens heard from Eaton Township Treasurer- Ms. Becky Dolman, Journalist/Vlogger- Ms. Elly Maye Blanco, and this upcoming session with MSUFCU Charlotte Branch Manager- Ms. Leah LaFave. Presenters share about their personal path to their career, the education required, and the ins and outs of the specific career, allowing students have the opportunity to ask questions about each occupation . Ms. Molly Wilson has continued to host the class of mostly girls to learn about career options. This last week they discussed lifestyle aspirations and how they matched with different careers. We believe this is an opportunity for teens to meet successful women in various career fields and learn about their path to success.
Posted by Crosswalk Teen Center | The County Journal | Charlotte, MI
Crosswalk Career Connections’ first day of class started Wednesday, January 8, there was a bustle of excited faces, ready to learn about career options. This course is being led by Ms. Molly Wilson, longtime mentor at Crosswalk. Twelve teens crowded into the classroom to share pizza, receive folders full of career information, and learn from Ms. Molly about what the course will entail. A majority of the teens were girls, excited to hear from successful women leaders from various careers. Crosswalk Career Connections has been able to schedule 20 women leaders to speak about career options for young women. If you would like to help sponsor this course or support Crosswalk Teen Center, please email Nathan@crosswalkteencenter.org, stop by Crosswalk, or visit our website at www.crosswalkteencenter.org.
Teens have been excitedly anticipating our second class this week, as we have guest speaker Ms. Capri Brown Dickson from a Charlotte business, the Groomery. Teens will learn from Ms. Capri about grooming pets, running a local business, and what it takes to be successful in the pet grooming trade.
We are also very excited about these upcoming speakers this month: Jan 22nd- Ms. Abby Halstead, will be talking about being a teacher. Jan 29th- Ms. Becky Dolman, will be talking about being an elected official. These speakers will present about their career path, the education required, the opportunities in the field, and the income potential for these careers. We have many more speakers scheduled for upcoming months.
Crosswalk Teen Center is a free afterschool program for teens, grade; 7th – 12th,
focusing on providing educational support, community connections, everyday life skills, and expressive arts. Crosswalk is located at 103 W Lawrence, in downtown Charlotte and is open Monday – Thursday 2:00pm – 7:00pm, and Friday 2:00pm – 6:00pm. Find out more information at www.crosswalkteencenter.org or our Facebook ‘Crosswalk Teen Center’.
Posted by Crosswalk Teen Center | The County Journal | Charlotte, MI | February 8, 2020
The following is a poem from one of the participants at Charlotte's Crosswalk Teen Center. Deanna Brasseur is a senior and has already had some of her work published. Crosswalk is a free afterschool program for teens, grades 7-12, focusing on providing educational support, community connections, everyday life, and expressive arts. It is located at 103 W Lawrence in downtown Charlotte. Find out more information at crosswalkteencenter.org or the "Crosswalk Teen Center" Facebook page.
I Gave You My Best.
By Deanna Brasseur
I love you with a love that no one taught me how
to hold onto. I had no role model for healthy
relationships or consistency in marriages from the
generation who claims they are so much better than the
one I am living in now.
I love you with a love that my hands don't know
how to latch onto because I have latched onto so many
things like the fleeting episodes of games me and my
father used to play every other weekend. I latched onto
things like the idea of a mother who would hold me
back when I reached out for her hand.
I love you with a love that I have yet to
understand because I have never seen love survive
through the trenches of dishonesty or disrespect, much
less distance. I have only heard myths and fairytales
where love like this dances through the strands of
weeping willow trees and magic.
I love you with a love that the people I know
have only dreamed of. As my housewife mother was told
she was bad at her job by my stepdad who laid hands on
me harder than the metal scraps he wrapped his bare
knuckles around daily. It was during these times that my
mother dreamed of a man who would call her beautiful
at every waking moment and she dreamed of a man who
could hold her with not only his arms but his words. My
father, he dreamt that a woman would comfort him the
same way the lips of a brown beer bottle always knew
how to. He dreamt that a woman knew more than how
to walk out of his life quicker than she said hello on the
day they met.
I love you with a love that is a miracle in my
family. Something we’ve only seen in the pages of open
books. This feeling is something I never knew existed in
the real world. I left you and I hurt you and I bruised you
because I grew up thinking that love was limited to
scars and addiction. I never knew how to love you this
deep. Deep has always meant pain to me. I wasn't aware
that there was any other definition. I taught myself that
love needed to be found everywhere. My heart was a
desert in need of water and the love was the water that
could keep me moving for one more day and I searched
for it. In all the wrong men. I could feel every word
creeping into my ears as I heard a new lie from a
different person. Eventually, dishonesty blossomed into
just another synonym for love.
I grew up searching for a love that my parents
had defined in their own books, their own mistakes,
their own lives. And I didn't know how to do anything
but follow blindly, hoping that I wasn't being led astray.
I love you with a love that my parents did not
define for me because they never had the privilege of
feeling this themselves. Our love would have been a
blank page in their book, yet I have managed to fill page
upon page about how what's left of my soul aches to
belong to you because I know that you'll take care of it.
When I fell in love with you, you wrote me a new
book. You showed me how love is supposed to be. Your
book says nothing about empty promises that keep you
awake at night or broken glass that is used as a short
term mask. I still don't know how to love you right, but I
do love you completely. And I am trying.
The Crosswalk Studio has become the hub of creative minds. Each day, teens race to Crosswalk so they can start working on their media projects. These teens learn to use music creation software, video production, and musical instruments. They use these skills to create their own video blogs in The Studio, where they add commentary to video games or share their thoughts on a variety of subjects. The opportunity to create unique production projects in the Crosswalk Studio opens the door to opportunities ranging from an engaging hobby to a career. Crosswalk loves providing opportunities for teens to explore their creativity and launch into new and exciting projects! Big thanks to the Charlotte Rotary for helping to purchase new technology for the Crosswalk Studio!