September 14, 2021
Southside Teen Center Ground Breaking Ceremony
Zona Del Sol, Santa Fe, New Mexico
On Tuesday, September 14, Earth Care youth leaders took part in the groundbreaking for the Southside Teen Center. Thank you Seneca from YUCCA & Alicia from the Boys & Girls Club for your leadership on this important community asset. We're excited to continue putting youth voices at the front of this development & excited for the possibilities for the solar, LEED certifications and more holistic construction!
We're excited that we will finally have a space to come together as young people, and to develop awesome programs and opportunities with youth voices guiding the process every step of the way. We want to take this momentum and opportunity to ask the City and the state of New Mexico to invest even more into the development of this whole site as an intergenerational hub -- for learning, growth, and community-building. A center for civic and cultural life here on the Southside. Not the only one -- we need a lot more public investment down here. But this Zona Del Sol site, with the Teen Center - as a center point, is a critical investment.
For us this is part of a larger campaign we call - Youth at the Center -- a campaign to place young people and our voices, our needs, and our leadership at the center of development initiatives here in Santa Fe. In 2019, we led the community engagement work for the design. We spoke to 100s of youth in our Southside neighborhoods who contributed their ideas and visions -- to the design of the teen center - but also to a vision of how our community’s investment can serve our community for years to come. You can check out our Teen Center report from 2019, HERE.
Thank you City of Santa Fe, City Staff, our Councilors Roman Tiger Abeyta & Chris Rivera, and our State leadership Linda Serrato, Sen. Rodriguez and all those supporting the development of the Southside Teen Center!
Check out the video recording from the groundbreaking on Tuesday!