Sign-up now for PREP! Earn $100! Cool!

Hey all,

We’ll be holding the Personal Responsibility Education Program starting on June 28th and running every Tuesday and Thursday from 1-2:30 until July 21.  The course is funded by the VT Dept. of Health and VT Dept. of Education and works to equip young people with the skills they need to be personally responsible when it comes to dating and sex. The class is part sex-ed and we also talk about healthy relationships and dating, delay and refusal skills in regards to sex, that most teens choose abstinence, and teaching the use of contraceptives to reduce the risk of HIV, STD, and unplanned pregnancies.  We also discuss gender and sexuality in a welcoming, affirming way.  It’s important, it’s informative and, dare I say, even fun!

Those who complete the course earn a $100 stipend and we provide snacks at every class.  We are flexible to some degree if folks need to miss class due to vacation, summer camps, etc.  Please don’t hesitate to call me – 229-9151 x 311 or email me  I’ve attached our permission form and if you have any questions please ask!  We can give parents a sneak peek into the curriculum and I’m happy to discuss any concerns you may have.





The Amazing Race is ALMOST here!

There are a few small details we missed in regards to our last Amazing Race post, including a date and a time! WHOOPS! In case you were wondering, those are actually set! June 25, 2016 at 10AM is when we will be meeting outside of City Hall in Montpelier for the 6th Annual BTC Amazing Race! If you are interested in participating as a volunteer or putting together a team, you are strongly encouraged!! You can fill out the form here—————> Amazing Race Volunteer Invite 2016 and email it to the Amazing Race email:

The form says it is for volunteers only, but if you are interested in getting a team together to fundraise and participate on race day, register your team on our CrowdRise page! AmazingRace2016 There, you can also participate by making a donation directly to the Washington County Youth Service  Bureau or to someone’s team!

Please DO NOT hesitate to email us with any questions, concerns, or troubles with the Crowdrise page!

Race Day is June 25 at 10AM!!!



The Amazing Race is Coming!

Holy cow, holy cow, holy cow.  Holy cow.  The Amazing Race is almost here!  June 25th.  That’s how close it is! I can smell the fun, the adrenaline, the brains working to complete team challenges.  It’s gonna be good.  But wait! Before you run out the door to tell everyone, sign up a team!  Teams of four run around Mont P and do various challenges, mostly mental, some physical but all do-able by everyone.  So ask your family, teachers, friends, enemies, heck ask the next person you see to be on your team. I’ve seen many people having fun doing the Amazing Race and literally no one not having fun, so it’s pretty much guaranteed.  Learn more about it here! And learn even more about it here!  Here’s some pictures of people having fun, in case you didn’t believe me.


Tears of joy, I promise.


Look, fun for everyone!

BTC Happenings

Well, Winter break has come and gone. February break is gone too. Fortunately, the BTC is still here! The week of February break was pretty calm, but Paul and Kayla had a wonderful chance to get to know some of the teens a little better. There was a lot of Wii being played and “Just Dance”-ing happening as well.

Some exciting things are underway here at the BTC. On Friday, March 11, we are hosting the Young Writer’s Project for a teen open mic night! The workshop starts at 5:00 and dinner will be served, then at 6:30, youth from around the area will come together and perform their work in front of a supportive audience of other teens and adults. We are all really looking forward to having them here in our space and hoping to have a great turn out.

On another note, the BTC is beginning the planning process for the AMAZING RACE! We are really looking forward to it this year! The date is set for June 24, 2016, so mark your calendars now! All of the money raised will benefit the Basement Teen Center and the youth who visit us!

Calling all Wonder Women!


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Hi Folks,
We’re launching Smart Girls, an evidence-based program that explores the joys and challenges of becoming a woman in today’s world with topics such as combating media stereotypes, positive self-esteem and body image, healthy relationships, and exercise, nutrition and reproductive health, among others.  Females 11-18 are welcome and encouraged to attend. The course starts on the 19th and runs every Tuesday until March 8 from 4 to 5:30.  We’ll meet at the Basement Teen Center (underneath City Hall).  We’ll provide snacks and a gift card to everyone that completes the program.  For even more info please email Kayla at



CHOPPED! Soap and Latkes.

We have started a new program at the BTC! One of our teens suggested we do a cooking challenge similar to the TV show Chopped! Kayla took hold of the idea and has been running a cooking challenge for the teens who wish to participate once a week on Thursday. Four ingredients are put on the table in front of each teen (or team of teens), and they must incorporate each of the ingredients in their meal, snack, or dessert. IMG_6049


The first week went very well with lots of wonderful recipes! The teens aren’t afraid to experiment with cooking which makes it all the more fun. They come up with unique ways to put food together and still make it taste good! Our first week, the teens had avocados, pineapple, broccoli, and pretzels to work with.
All of the teens worked hard to incorporate each ingredient, so much so that the judges couldn’t decide who actually won. Isaiah won the weekly challenge by using kale from the garden outside of the BTC and incorporating it in a salad with the Chopped ingredients and making a zesty citrus vinaigrette with the pineapple.


The second week of Chopped! went exceedingly well too!
IMG_6580 The teens had to
utilize four ingredients within the teen center, not including spices or ready-made meals such as mac and cheese. IMG_7560Emery cooked a glorious breakfast spread of over-easy eggs, sausage, onions, and potatoes. Isaiah made an interesting applesauce concoction along with a combination of chicken, eggs, peanut butter, and brown sugar.
Rachael drove us home with her raspberry-filled cupcakes, winning the weekly challenge!



IMG_7743Our superstar volunteer, Robin, has been busy with the teens down at the BTC.
On Monday December 7, she helped us ring in Hanukkah by making two flavors of latkes (a traditional Jewish dish) and educated all of us a little further about the meaning of Hanukkah.
Rachael lit the candles to the sound of the first amendment, and we all smiled at each other with our mouths full of latkes.

IMG_9777Yesterday, Robin brought in ingredients to make soap! The teens got to pick out the scent and the colors they wanted their soap to be.
They got to melt the coconut oil, learn about the dangers of lye, mix everything together, and pour the soap into its form. We are all excited to see how it turns out!