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 179 E. Franklin Street (under the Post Office)

(919) 968-2841

Teen Drop In: Fridays 6-11pm and Saturdays 7-11pm


Mission: The Corner is a teen-driven programming collective that amplifies and affirms youth experiences through opportunities for creative expression, peer-to-peer connection, and community engagement.


Partners, Projects and Programs:

  • Blackspace - Blackspace is a hub for Afrofuturism, digital media and social entrepreneurship with locations in Chapel Hill (179 E Franklin) NC. and Durham (212 W. Main). Blackspace offers workshops in beat making, videography, radio, spoken word and puppetry.
  • Chapel Hill Freedom School - The Chapel Hill Freedom School is a popular and political education leadership development program committed to dismantling the school-to-prison- pipeline, ending racism and desegregation, and making schools safe for LGBTQ youth. Chapel Hill Freedom School is a space for high school students who are passionate about changing the world to convene, share stories, and learn the skills necessary for creating the world we deserve. Chapel Hill Freedom School will focus on the following themes: organizing skills, political analysis, restorative justice, and young people’s movement history. There will be art, workshops, dancing, talent shows, field trips, and so much more!
  • Chapel Hill Youth Council - The Chapel Hill Youth Council’s mission is to shape the future of the town by amplifying the views and opinions of youth, influencing local decision making, and developing community-oriented service projects and social activities.
  • Chozen Kingz - Dance group based out of Chapel Hill which offers performances, workshops, and mentoring programs to empower teen creativity and self-esteem. Partners with teens to give them the opportunity to lead dance programs and take leadership roles within the group.
  • Herban Garden - HG’s mission is to create and inspire the next generation of gardeners, farmers, social entrepreneurs, and community activists. During Summer 2016, HG partnered with the Teen Center to pilot a comprehensive garden-based curriculum.
  • The Jackson Center - The Jackson Center is a hub of creative action dedicated to preserving the future of historically Black neighborhoods in Chapel Hill, NC. THeir mission is to honor, renew, and build community in the historic Northside and Pine Knolls neighborhoods. They do this through this Celebration and Connection, Advocacy and Organizing, and Education and Youth Action.
  • Fluid Revolutions Queer Youth Circus - the Queer Youth Circus seeks to empower queer and trans-gendered youth to express themselves and explore their identities through aerial arts and acrobatics.
  • Fusion Youth Radio - Fusion Youth Radio (FYR) features young people making their voices a part of history through creative, youth-produced media. FYR is rooted in the idea that all of us deserve opportunities to tell our stories in our own words. They host a series of youth-produced programming focusing allowing teens to take active roles in shaping the futures of their communities. (A Jackson Center and Blackspace program).
  • Middle School Summer Camp - 8 Week summer camp program offered at the Teen Center focusing on programming including arts & crafts, field trips, and games.
  • One Song Production - One Song Productions is a local, youth-run theatre organization founded in 2002 by Katie Yow and Daniel Elam, two Chapel Hill High School students, as a supplement to school dramatic programs. One Song's goals are to engage youth in every step of the creative process and offer new opportunities for learning and growth in the performing arts. One Song will be co-sponsoring our Mixed Mic series every 1st Saturday (starting in October).
  • Queer Youth Drop-In - A space for local queer youth to meet up and build community through conversation, solidarity, and snacks.
  • Reintegration Support Network - The Reintegration Support Network seeks to address an unfilled need for individual teens as they return to the community after treatment for substance abuse and addiction. In doing so, it works using a youth-centered approach to activate and promote ongoing recovery-oriented communication and support in various key life domains. It focuses on creating a partnership among the recovering youth, parents or guardians and an RSN Partner to network in the community to help youth develop autonomy, self-advocacy and self-sufficiency within a web of community connections and support.
  • Sacrificial Poets - The Sacrificial Poets’ mission is to use the spoken and written word to activate, nurture, and amplify youth voices through ...creative expression, self-exploration, and the cultivation of safe spaces. Their goal is to elevate a lasting youth arts movement that builds community and reaches across lines of difference to provide all youth a space to feel welcome, be heard, foster strong relationships, and become voices of change.
  • Teen Week - Annual week of celebrating youth in Chapel Hill by offering them special deals at businesses within Chapel Hill, hosting of special events like the Chapel Hill Battle of The Bands, and by offering other special programming for teens.
  • Trent Graphics Poster Sale - A yearly fundraiser sale based out of the Teen Center which sells posters to the Chapel Hill community and the returning UNC students. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Teen Center.
  • Triangle Bikeworks - The Spoke’n Revolution's program utilizes cycling as a gateway to youth development and leadership training for youth in the Triangle area.
  • Youth Against Rape Culture - Youth Against Rape Culture (YARC) is a youth-led, adult-supported collective of activists committed to ending street harassment and all other forms of oppression – those that are public and those that are lived in private. They use humor, creativity, and sharp wit to take down rape culture wherever it shows up. Their work is supported by the Orange County Rape Crisis Center.
  • Youth Community Project - The Youth Community Project (YCP) offers youth groups in Carrboro/Chapel Hill a HUB where they can unite, aggregate power, amplify their voices, and create youth-driven activities that meet their needs and realize their visions.


Other Groups:

  • Apple Chill Cloggers - The Apple Chill Cloggers formed in 1975 as an outgrowth of the University of North Carolina Clogging Club. The Apple Chill Cloggers’ style includes patterns and steps from clogging, square dance, and Scottish traditions, as well as creative additions from the members. They have led audience participation dances for parties, conventions and schools, exhibited clogging for functions sponsored by arts councils and recreation departments, have offered workshops at numerous colleges and universities
  • Cane Creek Cloggers - The Cane Creek Cloggers are a performing dance group and non-profit organization, specializing in traditional North Carolina, Appalachian-style clog dancing and striving to promote an understanding of the diverse cultural heritage of the American South. They offer free lessons out of the teen center.



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