Through a partnership with Dial-A-Bus and community support from Starker Forests, the Philomath School District is providing daily transportation services for Philomath teens to the new Johnson Teen Center at the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis.
The bus leaves Philomath High School at 3:20 p.m. and the return trip from the Johnson Teen Center leaves at 6 p.m. and drops teens off at their homes.
“We want to provide access to the career exploration and job skills training programs that the Johnson Teen Center makes available in their after-school programs because they align with our educational goals to help every student transition into a job, training or college,” Schools Superintendent Melissa Goff said in a press release.
The Johnson Teen center has a gymnasium, student-led coffee shop and smoothie bar, tutors, leadership programs, career and job skills classes, and a welcoming and safe place for teens to connect and make new friends.
There is a youth and adolescent medical and mental health clinic on the second floor available to any child up to age 18. Membership is not required to access the services of the clinic.
“We welcome all high school teens from across Benton County to participate in the programs and services of the Johnson Teen Center and we are excited to make the space available to our Philomath teens,” Boys & Girls Club CEO Helen Higgins said in a press release.
There is no annual membership fee required to participate for high school students. The middle school membership fee is $40 per year. Middle school teens are welcome to ride the bus from Philomath Middle School and participate in the club’s programs. Membership information may be found on the club’s website at www.bgccorvallis.org
“It’s important to provide opportunities for all of our teens to be engaged in positive activities and the Johnson Teen Center is a wonderful option for students who may not be participating in other after-school programs at the high school,” Goff said.
The project is still seeking approximately $18,000 in funding to sustain transportation services for the school year.