Teens in the North Lauderdale area had few methods of connecting with their community. City officials feared that a lack of positive outlets for recreation might lead to drug use or other negative actions. In response, a teen club was organized to provide socially enriching activities and volunteer opportunities. Teens worked in the club to fund activities such as trips to theme parks.
The program has led to community engagement once the teens have grown into adults as well as positive social programs within the community.
This case study was nominated for ICMA's Annual Awards Program.