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On the first day of the new year, reporter Ron Eland followed up on a meeting between several members of the city and local teenage students at Sedona Red Rock High School to discuss their needs as well as requests for more things to do in Sedona.


Sedona Teen CenterThis meeting followed a Coffee Talk column by reporter Corwin Gibson — in which he spoke with college-aged former Sedona residents who had returned for Thanksgiving and found nothing to do, just like when they were in high school — and an editorial suggesting adults working for the city speak with students directly rather than ask other adults what teens need or want.

Ali Baxter from the Sedona Parks & Recreation Department, Citizen Engagement Coordinator Lauren Browne and Sedona City Councilwoman Barbara Litrell listened to students and generated possibilities for city action.

Managing Editor Christopher Fox GrahamWe commend the city for acting quickly to garner opinions from students. Some of the suggestions are well within the city’s purview, such as activities at the city pool, a new recreation center or Parks & Recreation-run events.

Others require parents, business owners, community leaders and residents to offer spaces, events and opportunities. All we need to do is ask teens what they need and make it happen.

Those of us who spend time with teenagers or have them ourselves know the common complaint is that there is little to do in Sedona. The city has after-school clubs, sports teams and other adult-regulated activities, but there isn’t much in the way of teen hangouts or social events where teens can be themselves without chaperones, for lack of a better word.

Like adults, many teens turn to drugs, disruptive behavior or vandalism not just because of bad childhoods, moral failings or peer pressure, but simply out of boredom. Smoking marijuana or tagging a building with graffiti isn’t necessarily an act of social protest or angst-ridden rebellion, but might simply be chosen because there was nothing else to do between 7 and 10 p.m. on a Tuesday night.

When I moved to Sedona 10 years ago, there was a late-night coffee shop and a 24-hour restaurant packed with teens and 20-somethings — both have closed. During the summer, the Old Marketplace in West Sedona is packed with people of all ages listening to live music.

Having a late-night restaurant, coffee shop, all-ages music venue, recreation center, video-game arcade or late-night movie theater gives teens something to do to pass the time.

Most teens don’t have a lot of disposable income and few people are willing to drink 10 cups of coffee, especially late at night, but offering a hangout where teens can feel safe, relax and enjoy each other’s company, maybe even share their art or music, would go leaps and bounds to keep most teens busy, keep few off drugs and foster a sense of community for all in Sedona.











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