A hidden gem in Saline, The 5th Corner Teen Center is a place where middle school and high school students can connect and develop leadership skills. Located at the corner of Willis and Saline-Milan Road, the building is open to students (completely free) on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
With an intent to provide an environment that fosters leadership, Saline Leadership Institute provides a similar student academy specifically for middle school students. Titled “Step Up Leadership Academy,” students meet monthly to experience team building, goal setting, community service, emotional health, problem solving, etc.
On December 5th, Saline Middle School Principal Brad Bezeau facilitated a session on social and emotional health. Brad was more than happy to extend his work day and spend extra time with his students. “The focus for my session was Leadership and supporting one another in the social and emotional realms of teen life and how to help one another when struggling and needing support in life and in school. I want to help students identify the key people and sources of support in their lives, and the strengths and tools that they have internally to help themselves. There is a lot of power within these students, and it is my job to help them identify and harness that personal power.”
Leadership, he believes, already exists in these students. They just need help bringing it to the surface. “I have seen their leadership and service in a wide range of service activities, etc. that they are all involved with (Knots for Motts, volunteering at the Humane Society, an SMS Coat Drive donation to Saline Social Services.”
For more information on The 5th Corner Teen Center, contact Program Coordinator Peter Rufener (email@example.com)