Amity Teen Center
PO Box 3671
Woodbridge CT 06525
Contact Information
Address PO Box 3671
Woodbridge, CT 06525-
Telephone (203) 668-9348 x
Fax 203-387-0205
E-mail amityteencenter@hotmail.com
Web and Social Media
Mission

The Amity Teen Center mission is to (1) provide a community anchor for teens where they may socialize and participate in recreational and educational activities in a safe environment, (2) offer after school programs to stimulate creativity, enhance self esteem, and develop social and educational skills, and (3) present multicultural programs to foster appreciation of our increasingly diverse community.  

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1987
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Jennifer Romanoff
Board Chair Ms. Jane Opper
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $150,000.00
Projected Expenses $150,000.00
Statements
Mission

The Amity Teen Center mission is to (1) provide a community anchor for teens where they may socialize and participate in recreational and educational activities in a safe environment, (2) offer after school programs to stimulate creativity, enhance self esteem, and develop social and educational skills, and (3) present multicultural programs to foster appreciation of our increasingly diverse community.  

Background

The Amity Teen Center, Inc. (ATC) a 501(c)(3) organization was founded in 1987 due to the growing awareness that teens are an extremely at-risk population. In the Amity school district, comprised of the towns Bethany Woodbridge and Orange, the concerns were heightened due to: (1) budget cuts in after school programs, (2) a teen population from three very different communities: suburban Woodbridge, country Bethany, and urban Orange, and (3) a lack of a place where teens would want to go to be with their friends, and where parents and caretakers would know their children were safe. Too many parties had little or no supervision, and religious and community programs for teens did not fill the void.  

        The actual catalyst for action came in 1986 as the result of two tragedies: a party in Woodbridge that went out of control, leaving one teen beaten to death, and another incident in which a carload of area teens died, when their car drove into a reservoir.

        Shortly after those two tragedies, the First Selectmen of Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge (BOW) came together and formed the Amity Teen Center, Inc.

        The following year, in 1987, the Town of Orange donated the use of a town owned building for the ATC. The Center, called “Club 355”, grew in popularity filling the building to capacity (105) on band nights with teens left waiting outside to come in. Unfortunately, our teens lost their club in 1996 when the Town of Orange demolished the building to build a new firehouse. 

        From 1996 until September 2006, ATC programs rotated among public buildings in Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge on a space available basis. This lack of a permanent location not only took away a “sense of one’s own place” for teens, it also decreased the frequency and consistency of activities. In addition, because the space was shared, it was impossible to provide more than one venue at a given time, and any equipment for programs, such as sound systems for dances, needed to be stored and transported each time. It also made it impossible to develop the community action, peer mentoring and leadership programs that are essential components of a successful teen center.

         During this time the three Amity First Selectmen set-up a 15 member tri-town Collaborative Committee that included representatives from various youth services, parents’ groups, school administrators, and one member of the Board of Selectmen from each Town. The Collaborative Committee embarked on a two year Needs Assessment Study, which concluded there was an immediate need for a place available to teens on a regular basis.

        This need has also been evidenced on a National level. In various studies from 1999-2006, starting with a Columbia University Study, Dr. Suniya Luthar demonstrated that suburban teens are two to three times more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety, and far more likely to use alcohol and drugs than their inner-city peers.

        After a long, difficult search, a suitable building for a teen center was identified. A huge volunteer effort involving teens and adults from all sectors of the tri-town area provided manpower for demolition and remodeling, in-kind goods and services, and fundraising.  In September of 2006 the ATC opened in an 8,000 sq. ft. building in Woodbridge that was formerly a bowling alley. Today’s ATC has ample space for all its programs, including space for teen art exhibits, plays and concerts, and room to play video games, pool, foosball, air hockey, ping-pong or board games, have dances, or “chill” (relax) with friends.   Extra space has been remodeled into rental space, with all proceeds used to defray ATC operating costs. 

 

Impact
This has been a difficult year due to the economy.  Teens need us more than ever, but due to cuts in funding, we have had to significantly cut back our hours. However, our community service group "Leos", in partnership with the Woodbridge Lion's Club, has been very actively involved with the community, from preparing holiday baskets for the less fortunate to playing bingo with blind veterans and most recently helping out the residents at an area nursing home.  We were able to accomplish our top goals for this past year of:
(1) Expansion of the role of the student board;
(2) Permanent art exhibit, planned, designed and implemented by the teens;.
 (3) Pay off our mortgage!
Our top goals for the current year:
(1) Expansion of our Community Service Club;
(2) Go green - with a new energy efficient roof & solar panels.
(3) Expand our programs.
 
Needs
1) Program funding
2) Funding for going green expansion $50,000
3) More volunteers
4) Enhance performance area $25,000
5) Marketing expertise
CEO Statement In today's technological environment, teens face unprecedented isolation and competition.  There are limited opportunities to have safe, supervised social interaction, develop a sense of self-worth and develop a commitment to community and empathy for others in distress.  The Amity Teen Center is unique in offering a flexible program for teens which is a vehicle to teach "people" and leadership skills and foster compassion for others.  Our arts, music, game and community service programs are key components to developing tomorrow's proactive citizens.
Board Chair Statement

I first became involved with the Amity Teen Center in 1995, when the Teen Center was about to lose the use of its town-owned building in Orange.  My then 15-year old daughter had been going to the Teen Center programs every week and she and her friends were devastated to learn that the building was going to be torn down.  She was the one who volunteered me to get involved.  My only experience was that I was the mother of four children; two of whom were in college at the time. I realized how important a Teen Center was to the young people of the community and I have been involved ever since then.

We are all so proud of our Teen Center building, which opened in 2006.  We are able to provide so many activities for the teens. Our biggest challenge continues to be raising funds for programs.  Having our own permanent space gives us the opportunity to offer so much to the teens.  We ask them what programs they would like, because their opinions count for so much.  They need to know that their wishes and ideas are being taken seriously.

In the setting of the Teen Center the young people are socializing with each other.  They are developing "people skills."  Some teens had previously spent most of their spare time at home on their computers and therefore had little contact with others outside of school.  At the Teen Center they have made friends, learned to socialize and to help each other. Teens who are involved in music and the arts finally have a venue in which to perform or share their talents with their peers in a social setting.

The teens of today will be the adults of the future.  At the Amity Teen Center they have many opportunities to volunteer to help others less fortunate in their community.  This teaches them compassion and prepares them to be the volunteers of tomorrow. 

Many programs are often expensive because they have to be properly staffed.  Raising funds is an ongoing process.  We apply for various grants in the community.  Every year we have an annual appeal to residents in the tri-town area of Bethany, Orange, and Woodbridge.  In addition, we have a musical benefit at a well-known venue in New Haven.  The teen bands to perform are chosen by their peers at the Teen Center.  Each performing student is responsible for selling tickets to the event.  We have been doing this for the past 15 years.  Probably our best-known fundraiser is our annual "Chilly Chili Run", a 5-K road race in Orange every New Year's Day.  It is one of the most highly regarded road races in Connecticut and is very popular in the community.
 
One of our graduating teens commented, "I cannot imagine life without the Amity Teen Center.  This was the best part of my high school years."  She frequently returns during school vacations to volunteer.  Another teen said,
"I feel safe here and it is a fun place to be.   My parents work in New York and I really need someplace to go so I am not home all alone."
One parent said, " I wish I had someplace like this when I was growing up."
Another joked and said "Can I come?"
 
We are very excited that in the past fiscal year despite the poor economy and having to cut back our hours we still had almost 5,800 visits representing more than 500 individuals.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Development Programs
Secondary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Arts & Culture
Areas Served
Bethany
Woodbridge
Orange
Our organization serves the Amity area: Bethany, Orange, Woodbridge
Programs
Description
Music performances by teens for teen audiences
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Teaching teens about the music arts: teaching leadership, organizational and team work skills
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Surveys of teens planning/and or performing and surveys of teens attending
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Teens have been competing for spots in a Professional Venue which we have been renting once a year for the past 15 years.  The teens then have an accomplishment which increases self-esteem and confidence. They can then use these performances on resumes.
Description
Teens Making a Difference Program in partnership with the Amity Leo Club (Junior Lion's Club) to teach teens empathy, caring and the importance of giving
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Teens becoming active adults in the community and assuming leadership roles in community improvement
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Number of projects, surveys of teens participating, surveys of people or organizations who have benefited from the projects
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Group of teens going to the Veterans Administration Hospital and playing bingo with blind veterans.  Some of the teens are now corresponding with "adopted" veterans.
Teens putting together Holiday Baskets for the needy through the Woodbridge Human Services Department.
Description
Art education projects.  Teens  painting murals and a permanent exhibit for the ATC.  Teens also can attend art related classes offered by the Center
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) / General/Unspecified / Other Named Groups
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
An active program with teens producing exciting exhibits and developing art skills and art management skills
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Surveys of the teens and the art teachers
Program Comments
CEO Comments
Our biggest challenge has been to keep our programs running. Due to the cutbacks in funding, we have had to cut our hours.  We have enthusiastic adult and student boards searching to find creative ways to not only continue, but expand our programs.
There are events held at the ATC every Friday and Saturday.
Our active Amity Leo Club has been very active in civic involvement.  The teens participate in at least one civic event per month, such as playing Bingo with the blind veterans at the VA Hospital, gathering food for holiday baskets for the less fortunate in our community, and they will be donating and decorating a Christmas tree for a fundraiser that will benefit the Ronald McDonald House.
CEO/Executive Director
Jennifer Romanoff
Term Start June 2009
Email atc.info@gmail.com
Experience Jennifer Romanoff has been with the ATC for over five years.  She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a Degree in Business Management.  In addition to her extensive experience in running a business, she has three teenagers of her own.  This has allowed her to have additional insight into the minds of teenagers and an understanding of what it is that they want from a Teen Center.  Jennifer's philosophy and that of the ATC is that the teenagers need to feel "ownership" of the Center.  Therefore, planning and implementation of the activities and events is a critical part of the success of the ATC.
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 6
Number of Volunteers 40
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 80%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 6 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 6
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Mrs. AnneMarie Karavas July 1995 - June 2009
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Collaborations
The Amity Teen Center, Inc. collaborates with the Woodbridge Lion's Club in co-sponsoring the Amity Leos.
The Amity Teen Center, Inc. also collaborates extensively with various departments of Amity High School.
Board Chair
Ms. Jane Opper
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term July 2014 to June 2019
Email amityteencenter@hotmail.com
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Linda Cohen Parillo, Cohen & Co.
Ms. Lindesay Cotlier Community Volunteer
Ms. Nicola Edwards
Mrs. Beverly Fries Lion's club officer
Mr. Jay Jaser Jay Jaser, Attorney
Mrs. Karen Levine Nurse
Mrs. Sheila McCreven Citywide Youth
Mr. Mark Mezzanotte Liberty Bank
Mr. Jack Nork Revionics
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 7
Risk Management Provisions
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Accident and Injury Coverage
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
General Property Coverage
Special Event Liability
Board Co-Chair
Email amityteencenter@hotmail.com
Standing Committees
Youth
Building
Capital Campaign
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO Comments


 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30 2015
Projected Revenue $150,000.00
Projected Expenses $150,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Other Documents
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$82,377$130,788$96,153
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions------
------
$41,493$43,363$52,362
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues------
Special Events$7,779$10,017$1,036
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$256----
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$102,273$101,197$95,913
Administration Expense$4,988$3,820$3,381
Fundraising Expense$2,086$8,372--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.211.621.51
Program Expense/Total Expenses94%89%97%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%6%0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$504,244$493,281$447,167
Current Assets$31,473$11,091$67,384
Long-Term Liabilities----$40,930
Current Liabilities$5,831$17,425$1,160
Total Net Assets$498,413$475,856$405,077
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Connecticare through National Assistance Program $21,491Connecticare through National Assistance Program $21,481
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Town of Orange $12,500Town of Orange $12,500
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Town of Woodbridge $10,000Town of Woodbridge $10,000
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.400.6458.09
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%9%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
CEO Comments The economic downturn has created many challenges.  We are working hard to maintain and enhance our programs under these adverse conditions.  Fortunately, we are able to use in-kind donations of goods and services.  Also, we have been attending workshops by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.  The information provided has assisted us in our fundraising development.
Foundation Staff Comments
This profile has been read by Foundation staff and the organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Foundation in the last five years then please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
 
Financial information is input by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon.

 

Address PO Box 3671
Woodbridge, CT 06525
Primary Phone 203 668-9348
CEO/Executive Director Jennifer Romanoff
Board Chair Ms. Jane Opper
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer

 

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