Being a part of the CanTeen project in North Syracuse was a wonderful experienced as an adolescent. It gave me my first opportunity to have a voice and really feel like I was making a difference. The center allowed me to have a place to go when it seemed like no one else in the world could understand what it was like to be a teenager. I had friends there. Friends who did not judge me or criticize me but accepted me for who I was. Through these friends and the activities provided at the center I was able to finally feel connected to something. Looking back, I know the afternoons and weekends that were spent planning for the CanTeen, decorating, painting, re-arranging and just hanging our provided valuable lessons for adulthood. Thank you to everyone who made CanTeen possible and thank you to all of you who continue to make the center everything it is. It’s hard to believe 10years have come and gone, but I wish for many more decades of success and countless teens to find their own voice, whatever it may be.

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