Malden Teen Center: Four Years Later

The Malden Teen Center is a safe environment created primarily for Malden teens in grades 9-12 to spend time after school, however it is also open to teens from other cities. It first opened four years ago during a time of increased violence in Malden. The community felt that it was crucial for Malden to have place with a calm environment to keep Malden teens out of trouble and help them improve socially and academically. After extensive work and help from Mayor Gary Christenson, the Malden Teen Center opened in December 2012 across the street from Malden High school.

The interior design of the center makes it feel welcoming for teens as it has two living areas with couches and a TV set. The Teen Center also has a game room where there is a piano and board games.

The center’s location is ideal since it is just a few steps away from MHS for students to head over to once the school day is finished. MHS student Allan Claude expressed that “one of the reasons why [he] love[s] the teen center so much is because of how comfortable it is.” He continued to say that he enjoys hanging out with friends there after school.

The Teen Center attracts many students and has provided a safe hang out spot for students to relax in or do homework with classmates.

Cedrina Missamou

Claude Cedrina Missamou is currently a senior at Malden High, where she has attended all four years. Born in Libreville, Gabon, Missamou came to the United States at the age of ten. During her years of high school, Missamou ran the 400m hurdles, the 4 by 4 and 55m hurdles during indoor and outdoor track. Five years from now, she sees herself in another state or continent as she takes interest in learning about other cultures. One thing Missamou has truly enjoyed about being a part of Malden High was meeting people from a variety of backgrounds. She has learned that we all endure similar experiences despite the disconnect we tend to feel towards one another. Missamou is interested in social justice, activism and representation and hopes to connect these interests to her work in her third year as a member of the Blue and Gold.

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