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Teens With a Future has new director

by Merrie Leininger

The Teens with a Future program is now facing the future with the help of a new director.

Tish Sammon of Johnson Lane was hired by the Partnership of Community Resources advisory board last month to replace Scott Jackson, who left to take a job at the Boys and Girls Club of South Lake Tahoe.

Sammon said she decided to apply for the position when she read the ad in the Nevada Appeal, the newspaper where her husband is a reporter.

She was working part-time at the cooperative extension office in Carson City, managing the Rethink Anger-Management Program and “wanted to move into something a little more secure.”

Sammon now works part-time at both jobs and is working on settling into her new one.

n Great resource. She says that as director of Teens With a Future, she wants to let community members know what a great resource they have in their youth.

“Often, young people feel disenfranchised. This program allows them to feel better about themselves, better about their community and is fun at the same time. It also makes them better citizens and bolsters their image in the community,” Sammon said.

She said she gained experience organizing a volunteer center in Placerville. She hopes her experience as executive director of the Carson City access television station will also help the program by exposing teen-agers to the uses of video.

She joked that another reason she took the job is because she wants to have experience dealing with teen-agers by the time her 7-year-old daughter, Brenna, is one.

n Future plans. Sammon said she is still feeling out the position, but hopes to work with other organizations and businesses to expand the projects for teens and recruit more volunteers.

She said the organization is open to anyone who is interested in developing leadership skills.

“I’d like to see them creating some group interests and develop projects by themselves along with meeting community needs,” she said.

Sammon still has to meet with the teens and see where they want to go. She said there are 71 teen-agers on the roster, but she is still not sure how many are active.

Sammon said she has also talked to some people in the community about working on after-school programs through Teens with a Future, and eventually creating a teen center for the community and a mentoring program.

“It’s a good opportunity to bring some seniors together with the youth,” she said. “The program was initiated at Douglas High School, but it has been struggling.”

Sammon said the biggest obstacle the group faces is transportation. “We are looking for a van or any assistance in transporting a group of teens to a project,” she said.

Sammon can be reached at 782-8611.

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