A-Teens


Ashley Simpson
A-Teen's Program Director
325.677.5321 x 111

About the Program...

At the Alliance for Women & Children A-Teens Program, we strive to offer a safe environment where teen girls can share issues and concerns with peers guided by A-Teens counselors– getting the support they need to be confident as they navigate the challenges of their teen years.  This safe and nonjudgmental environment helps to create the trust and respect necessary for an open and productive relationship. This will be the fourth year that we’ve implemented “You Matter”- a curriculum based on the book “Every Monday Matters” that empowers the girls to become leaders through experiential, action-oriented projects involving friends, their school campus, family, and neighborhoods. Projects include art, recycling, emergency preparedness, and much more! A-Teens is a place where girls come to discover their unique potential and possibilities. Come join in the fun!

  • Program Cost/Signup/Forms

    SUMMER

    This summer we are offering incoming 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls an All Access Pass to Awesomeness!

    We’ve got you covered Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. from June 6 – August 12.

    Cost per week is $25 or pay $225 for the entire summer. (non-refundable)

    Sign up today! Complete the enrollment at the Alliance for Women & Children office at 1350 North 10th or click here and bring your enrollment payment to the offices to secure your teens spot.

    SCHOOL YEAR

    This school year we have a lot of fun activities planned and we want you to be a part of it all! Fees for the 2016 – 2017 school year are as follows:

    Fees for the 2016-2017 school year are only $35/semester.

    Sign up today! Complete the enrollment at the Alliance for Women & Children office at 1350 North 10th or click here and bring your enrollment payment to the offices to secure your teens spot.

  • Program Topics & Activities

    Discovering Your Potential

    A-Teens programming instills the importance of having mutual respect, trust, honesty, support, fairness, and equality. The A-Teens program explores the value of differences including personality, aptitude, skills and racial, cultural, and socioeconomic diversity. Understanding our differences and having the ability to do something with it is an important skill in today’s diverse society.

    All Access Pass to Awesomeness

    For the fourth year, Alliance offers A-Teens an All Access Pass to Awesomeness. This pass provides middle school girls a safe, age-appropriate environment to learn, grow, and develop character. With a balance of time to “just hang out” and structured activities, we can work together to make this summer AWESOME.

    This camp, reinforces the Alliance's mission to empower women to be self-sufficient by reminding teens that the best way to be awesome, and make awesome things happen, is to be ME.

    We designated a special space on our 2nd floor that is painted and designed for our A-Teens. They also have access to the auditorium, the multi-purpose room, and the playground.

    A-teens Room

    The days are structured with a balance of “free time” in which there are various activities from which to choose and “activity time” in which the girls work on specific enrichment projects ranging from field trips to local universities to jewelry making. Cooking instruction, sewing, arts and crafts, service opportunities, healthy choices, photography, outdoor activity, personal care, and more is incorporated in the All Access Pass to Awesomeness!


    Sign up today!


    School Year Curriculum

    Keeping the program up to date is vital to the success of the mission of A-Teens. For the 2016-2017 school year, A-Teens will follow theYOU MATTER curriculum written in collaboration with teachers, administrators, and students to create an experiential, action-oriented program that focuses on empowering students to get involved in making a difference in the world.

    The curriculum combines group dynamics and relationship building with hands-on practical exercises.

    Activities

    Through a combination of the curriculum, counselor mentorship and peer dynamics, A-Teens will:

    • Participate in group discussions concerning current issues that teen girls face in their daily lives.
    • Understand their talents and how they can use them to make the world a better place
    • Increase their awareness of the resources and gifts around them, and learn how to give and receive gratitude
    • Recognize issues facing populations and cultures around the world
    • Experience the three facets of being healthy – exercise, nutrition, and mental/emotional well-being
    • Create art and chronicle individual progress
    • Hear from guest speakers that will help teens make positive choices
    • Create crafts to express their unique perspectives and uncover creative potential
    • Attend sleepovers/field trips designed to build relationships and develop teamwork
    • Access technology to create products such as videos, photos and other materials to connect with their friends, family and the world around them – and document their progress
    • Participate in service projects teaching servant leadership

  • Camps

    This summer Alliance offers A-Teens an All Access Pass to AwesoMEness. This pass will provide middle school girls a safe, age appropriate environment to learn, grow, and develop character. With a balance of time to “just hang out” as well as structured activities, we can make this a summer not to forget.

    We’ve got you covered Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. from June 6 – August 12.

    Cost per week is $25 or pay $225 for the entire summer. (non-refundable)

    Sign up today! Complete the enrollment at the Alliance for Women & Children office at 1350 North 10th or click here and bring your enrollment payment to the offices to secure your teens spot.


  • Locations/Schedule & Staff

    The Alliance for Women & Children is pleased to offer A-Teens at all Abilene Independent School Districts Middle Schools – Clack, Craig, Madison and Mann as well as in the Wylie Independent School District and Clyde Independent School Districts. Continued partnerships with these school districts allows A-Teens girls to continue to build self-esteem, manage peer pressure, and explore their talents so they can be successful in the classroom.

    A-Teens operates from 3:30-5:30 on the scheduled school days below:
    Mondays - Jim Ned
    Tuesdays - Mann & Wylie
    Wednesdays - Clack & Clyde
    Thursdays - Craig & Madison

    Additional programs and activities will be offered throughout the school year to help connect A-Teens with one another and their community.

    Staff

    A-Teens staff are dedicated to serving your child. A-Teens counselors receive training in Child Abuse Recognition and Prevention, Age Appropriate Curriculum and spend time with the A-Teens Programs director to ensure A-Teens operates in accordance with Alliance policies and procedures.

    Please contact A-Teens director Ashley Simpson at 677-5321 x111 or ashley@afwconline.org for more information about A-Teens.

    We are currently recruiting staff who want to help middle school girls discover their unique potential. If you’d like to join this team contact 677-5321 x111.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    • How do I get signed up?
      -You can come to our office at 1350 N.10th
      -You can fill out a registration form online
      -You can get a registration form from the A-Teens counselors at your school, and then return it to them
    • Where do we meet?
      We meet in the cafeteria at your school.
    • When do we meet?
      A-Teens meets after school from 3:20-5:30pm on the designated day for your school.
    • What is the fee?
      Fees for the 2012 – 2013 school year are as follows:

      • Aug/Sept/Oct- $15
      • Nov/Dec- $15
      • Jan/Feb-$15
      • Mar/Apr/May-$15

      Families that pay for the entire school  year in advance will receive a discounted rate of $45.
    • Where and how do I make payment?
      -You may come to our office at 1350 N. 10th
      -You may mail it to our office
      -You may make payment to the A-Teens counselor at your school
    • How can I make an impact with A-Teens?
      A-Teens are always welcoming volunteers, ideas, or donations. You can contact our A-Teens Coordinator at 325-677-5321 x111
    • Can my daughter come by and visit?
      Yes, we have an open door policy that any student can come check us out. We encourage our girls to be open and invite friends from school. Just stop by at one of our locations at 3:20.

Testimonial

"Just want to say thanks for this summer. My niece enjoyed the camp all summer and had a lot of fun. Just want to thank you and your staff for a wonderful job. Wish you the best for this school year!"
- Parent from Wylie Middle School

"My daughter loves going to ATeens on Thursday afternoons, I can see a huge difference in her self-esteem since school has started. She comments regularly how comfortable she feels at ATeens and how much she enjoys her leaders. Thank you so much for everything y’all do!"
- Parent, Craig Middle School

"The A-Teen girls that Whitney brought from Alliance for Women and Children were a tremendous blessing to us as they volunteered recently at the Christian Service Center. They were hard workers, fun and extremely helpful in cleaning, sorting and helping folks get clothing. I highly recommend them to any agency needing volunteers!"
- Jim Clark, Christian Service Center