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Youth Lead Charge To Rebrand West Hartford Teen Center

Youth Lead Charge To Rebrand West Hartford Teen Center

The teen center at the Elmwood Community Center is now called The Base, a rebranding movement led entirely by the West Hartford teens who use the space.

"It's really important that they have their mark on it," said Jonathan Merritt, director of the teen center and youth counselor at the Bridge Family Center. "They need to feel like it's theirs, as opposed to having more adults controlling things in their life. If teens want a place to be, it's going to have to be their own."

Merritt tasked the teens with coming up with the new name and designing a logo to go along with it.

Gabe Garcia, a 17-year-old senior at Conard High School, will soon be too old...

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