New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 28, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Community Council installs officers
man; Bandera County Judge Ray Mauer, 2nd vice chairman; William Lamb, secretary; Hortensia Hernandez, treasurer, and Linden Wheeler, parliamentarian.
In addition to the regular business meeting. Executive Director Louis R. Ramirez presented plaques to the current membership. Dinner was served.
The Community Council of South Central Texas Board of Directors held its annual meeting July 19. New officers for the 1990-91 program year were installed.
They include Lorenzo “Yankee” Camarillo, chairman; Frio County Judge Sid Williams, 1st vice chair-
Teen Connection Director Nancy Ney, left, points out a four-seasons mural that helps brighten the facility, which operates separate emergency shelters for boys and girls, ages 10-17. Hand prints, above, mark the departure of someone aided by the organization. (Photos by Annelies Schlickenrieder)
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be innovative, Ney said. United Way’s annual fund drive kicks off in early August.
More community support comes from Oasis Outdoor Advertising who designed and donates space for Teen Connection billboards. Whenever they have an empty space, they put a Teen Connection billboard up, Ney said.
Teen Connection operates a thrift shop and the new Teen Scene shop to raise money for the program. All merchandise at the thrift shop is donated and makes the shop the biggest source of self-generated income for the Teen Connection.
The Teen Scene in downtown New Braunfels employs young people to get them involved in business to learn how to handle a job and feel good about themselves The shop has used clothing and new mc aband i sc geared towards teens.
Looking toward the future, Ney is hoping to create an extensive art therapy program with perhaps a new facility. She said (fiat families that have trouble communicating verbally can relate to one another by creating together.
Projects like making something beautiful out of trash will be part of the an therapy program
“There’s some great symbolism for self esteem there.” Ney said,
For more information about the Teen Connection, call 629 6571,
By ROBERT STEWART •tart Writer
*. The Teen Connection at 1414 W. "San Antonio St. in New Braunfels is an organization offering youth and ihcir families options for living and learning, according to Nancy Ney, director.
. “Many kids today aren’t aware of Options they have," Ney said. “We give them an opportunity to know different ways of being. They don’t have lo follow- in the footsteps of family fnembcrs involved in crime or drugs. We arc in the business of giving people different choices."
• The Teen Connection operates separate emergency shelters for boys and girls, ages 10-17. The shelters arc a 30-day crisis intervention program for kids with problems ranging from runaways to life-threatening domestic situations like family conflict and abuse
"A parent or child calls saying ‘we’re about to kill cath oilier*," Ney said "Rather than having to run away . a child can tome to the shelter for ;i period of time and receive counseling,"
All programs al the centi r are heavy on counseling. Ney said
"We believe strongly in individual. group arui family counseling." she said
The girls shelter tv at the I cen Con necuon’s main budding un San Amo mo St/aat ami tie Hoyt- shelter was opened in October 1990 on Comal Street Teen Connection leased the Comal Street location from lie i ny of New Braunfels for 20 years for ti cost af renovations, which came to SSO.OOO. Ney stud
In September I VHI. Teen Curari bon started an alternative uIm«»I which features two large clat vrooms, two certified teachers, and a full time counselor The school is fur up to 20 middle and high school siudrms who are having trouble with the regular •chord environment. Hic alb ti. live school ii a temporary, usually one ytm or lest, program that tm u« % un letting the student back into the nsmi/tifii
"Social sit dis and emotional stability are stressed." Ney said "The ain mate gun J is to prevent dropouts of highnu and • nth kids."
Students at the alternative school hove all the same subjects taught ai regular schools and bring their books with them from their regular icltuoi,
"Both the New Braunfels tndepen dent School Lh amt and the ComalUnlbnd Way
Independent School District have been very helpful and supportive," Ney said. “Each school district pays for one teacher at the school."
Ney is presently working to implc mcnt a teen parcnt/prcgnant dropout prevention program in which the center will arrange free day care during school hours and leach nutrition and child development to teen parents.
Counseling services at Teen Connection include assessment testing lo help fill in the missing pieces to help determine what direction counseling of a client should take. The SI60 test mg fee compares to SI OOO that professional testing elsewhere would cost. A masters level therapist is on contract to the center. Parenting classes and ai' outreach jwtigram have also been very successful.
Community support is what nudies the I cen Connection possible. Ney said Schlittcrhahn provides the she! trrs with free passes for clients and Ken Lucks of the lamghom Grill leis die k id 11 ame to his restaurant once a month for a free meal and hat made amu gem nu for other restaurants to
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