Updated: Mar 28
Teen Innovators, an online community of positive, teen and young adult role models for younger teens, announces virtual afterschool clubs. Clubs will begin on October 20th, and cover a range of topics, including gaming, exploring, and animals. Convenient and flexible, online clubs will be led by accomplished peer mentors, age 17-21, for teens and tweens age 11-16.
A near-peer mentorship program at its inception, Teen Innovators is now offering after school clubs to provide young teens a space where they can connect with caring older peers, as well as with like-minded young teens from across the country. ‘Video Game Like a Pro’ is offered Wednesdays at 4:30PM and Thursdays at 5:30PM Central Time. Animal Club, where teens will learn about different animals and how to care for pets, as well as careers in animal-related fields, is offered Wednesdays at 5:30PM. Explorer’s Club, in which teens will take virtual tours of cities around the world, runs on Thursdays at 4:30PM. Coming soon will be Author’s Club for teens who dream of writing a book, and Be Your Own Boss Club, for budding entrepreneurs.
For curious teens, and those who are gifted, or have learning differences, finding and making like-minded friends and connecting with older, near-peer mentors can be life-changing. Social connectedness and positive role models are extremely important. Recent CDC findings published in Pediatrics show that a sense of belonging among youth also has positive effects lasting into adulthood, stating that “[y]outh who feel connected at school and at home were found to be as much as 66% less likely to experience health risk behaviors related to sexual health, substance use, violence, and mental health in adulthood.”
Living through isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic made the importance of connection and belonging increasingly obvious. Compared with 2019, the proportion of mental health–related hospital visits for children aged 5–11 and 12–17 years increased approximately 24%. and 31%, respectively. Teen Innovators strives to create a sense of confidence and community in young teens. The platform provides a safe space where teens engage, socialize, and feel heard and validated. Peer mentors are either high school seniors or recent high school graduates, who are accomplished young adults with fresh experiences that teens can learn from and relate with.
Sign up for clubs is simple. Choose a monthly subscription fee of $24.99, or $14.99 if paid annually, for membership. Club sessions are only $19.99, and 100% of this fee goes to the earning and training of peer mentors. For a limited time, Teen Innovators is offering a free 7-day trial for students to try any club of their choosing, free of charge, and with no obligation. Learn more and sign up at https://teeninnovators.com/our-programs/virtual-clubs/.
Contact: Christine Hutchison, Founder
(773) 234 – 5638