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Grand Opening of the New Charles Houston Teen Center

The Charles Houston Recreation Center Teen Center was officially opened with a ribbon cutting that included Platinum Sponsor Jason Yates (Yates Corner), Paul Hamilton (President, Charles Houston Advisory Council), Mayor Allison Silberberg, Platinum Sponsor Rebuilding Together Alexandria’s Katharine Dixon, Vice Mayor Justin Wilson, Sheila Whiting (Director, Charles Houston Recreation Center) and the Architect Team – Abbey Oklak (Cooper Carry), Anh Tran (Little) and former Mayor Bill Euille.  Photo by Lucelle O’Flaherty

On Friday, November 17, 2017, at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St., the Charles Houston Advisory Council (CHAC), in Partnership with the City of Alexandria Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities, opened the newly renovated Charles Houston Teen Center.

Bringing together sponsors, pro-bono architects, teens, and programmers for input and development, the CHAC worked to create a dedicated space where teens can be safe, have fun, learn and grow. The space is intended to 1) Involve teens in creating and managing success through leadership and personal development, 2) engage teens, families, and schools to invest in teen success through achievement, life-skill building, and employment, 3) build physically and emotionally healthy teens via diverse recreational activities, and 4) create opportunities for community investment and engagement to support teens in Alexandria.

CHAC funded the renovation project in partnership with the City through the Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities Community Matching Fund. The Fund promotes collaborative partnerships among City of Alexandria community organizations by providing matching 1:1 dollars for groups that propose fundraising for park and recreation improvement projects. For more information visit:

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