The Academy for Adolescent Health, Inc.  assumed operation of the Common Ground Teen Center on January 19, 2009. Teen Outreach Peer Educators elected a volunteer Advisory Board in December, 2008. The Advisory Board’s first task was to develop a mission statement and establish groundrules.  All attendees sign a contract agreeing to remain drug/alcohol free and to refrain from tobacco use at the Center. The contract is based upon the standard Teen Outreach peer educator contract and outlines positive behavior with an emphasis upon respect for all at the Center. Attendees are strongly encouraged to be inclusive.


The mission of the Common Ground Teen Center is to:

  • Respect all young people and model respect for all
  • Provide a safe haven for all young people, regardless of disability, economic status, ethnicity, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation
  • Encourage community service
  • Empower young people to become the leaders of the future and embrace their full potential


Teen staff at the center: Supervisor, Emmett Patterson, staff Taylor Gordon and Briann Moye.


Hours, Events and Attendance:

The Center is open Monday through Thursday from 3 – 7 PM.  A community meeting was held Monday, January 19, 2009 and was attended by 37 individuals, including 18 adolescents. The open house was held on Monday, February 16, 2009. In attendance were over 100 adults and teens, including Commissioner Bracken Burns, Mayor Sonny Spossey, and Superintendent Roberta DiLorenzo of Washington School District. Rabbi Dave from Beth Israel gave the invocation for the event and Rev. Allen from TLC Church provided a closing blessing. Both Mayor Spossey and Dr. DiLorenzo offered comments and the Washington High School Jazz Band performed.


Training in groundrules, first aid, and emergency responses was given to all young adults staff and volunteers by Dr. Podgurski on February 19, 2009. Teen attendance is limited to high school students ages 14 – 18. All teens sign in electronically at every event.


The following events occur weekly:

  • Washington County GSA - every Tuesday, 6 - 7:30
  • Fourth Quarter - Fridays after home football games held during the football season
  • Teen Center Advisory Board - meets monthly
  • Ping-Pong club - Friday evenings
  • Peer Ed meetings - every Wednesdays, 4 - 5:30
  • Real Talk meetings/rehearsals - every Thursday, 4 - 5:30
  • Literacy Club - every Monday, 3 - 5:00

*Please check out our events section on the homepage for up to date programs and events to get involved with.