Addison Central Teens seeks new center director

MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central Teens (ACT) is in the market for a new executive director, and those interested in the job still have time to apply.
Former director Zoe Kaslow stepped down from the position three months ago after just short of a year on the job. She enjoyed her time with the organization but elected to take a post with Planned Parenthood, according to ACT board President Al Zaccor.
Addison Central Teens operates a teen center at 77 Mary Hogan Drive in which Middlebury-area teens can hang out and sample safe, supervised after-school programs. The organization also runs a summer camp, special events, and has forged strong partnerships with Middlebury College, Middlebury Union High School, the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center, Middlebury Parks & Recreation Department and Middlebury Indoor Tennis, among others.
Zaccor said around a dozen people have applied for the director’s vacancy thus far, and the board will likely start interviewing the most promising prospects within the next few weeks. But he stressed resumés are still being accepted and should be emailed to rpoduschnick@addisoncountypcc.org.
In the meantime, Zaccor said ACT’s teen center and programming will continue unabated. Devon Karpak is serving as the organization’s interim program manager. AmeriCorps member Cicilia Robison, a recent Middlebury College graduate, is providing additional support to ensure visiting teens are well served.
“We’ve had very strong numbers this year,” Karpak said of student participation in recent months. “We have a good group of kids.”
The teen center has been drawing an average of 15-20 students during its open hours of 3-6 p.m., according to Karpak. The center is available to youths in grades 7-12 and operates each afternoon that classes are in session in the Addison Central School District.
ACT’s diverse programming is both recreational and educational, covering such topics as financial literacy, cooking, movies, and boat building. Attendees can also just hang out, do homework and play games. The center also hosts an LGBTQIA group.
More information about ACT can be found at middteens.org.
Reporter John Flowers is at johnf@addisonindependent.com.

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