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White Plains Youth Bureau Teen Lounge Re-Opens

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Joyce Orange was impressed by the White Plains Youth Bureau's newly renovated teen lounge, which re-opened Tuesday afternoon.

The White Plains woman's daughter Morgan, 9, uses the teen lounge to get work done after school and spend time with friends. Frank Williams, executive director of the Youth Bureau, hopes the floor-to-ceiling renovation and new equipment will attract more kids.

"My hope is that it will stimulate interest and become a room that meets their 21st century needs," said Williams, who welcomed many students, parents and staff to the ribbon cutting Tuesday.

The Youth Bureau serves 2,500 kids daily through their various after school programs throughout the city, Williams said. The teen lounge, which is open to middle and high school students from 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, will soon have Wi-Fi access and a few computers.

The new teen lounge was made possible by a group of Starbucks employees who volunteered to renovate the "worn and dingy space" on 11 Amherst Place and turn it into a more inviting space for kids over seven days, according to a press release.

"The Starbucks' offer is the perfect example of what makes White Plains such a great place for our youth," Williams said in a press release. "Businesses see a need and don't hesitate to support us in our efforts to provide youth with supplies, services and/or opportunities to help them feel more connected to the community."

The new teen lounge also includes a new 42-inch wall-mounted television, which Wal-Mart provided at a reduced price, and Starbucks will provide food and beverages for their monthly cafe nights.

"It's fabulous," Joyce said. "They have everything."

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