Contact Community Services - Teen Fest
August 5, 2017 N/A
Save the Date: TeenFest August 5 at Henninger
Contact Community Services and its Teen Talk program is excited to announce that the second TeenFest live music event will be held Aug. 5 in the auditorium at Henninger High School in Syracuse. The high school setting is an ideal fit for TeenFest because it’s an event created by teenagers and for teenagers, and Contact staff members oversee programs in Henninger and most other Syracuse City School District schools.
TeenFest is the creation of the high school students who participate in Contact’s Teen Talk program. Teen Talk is an online multi-media program by, for and about teens as the "Teen Talkers" discuss their challenges and choices regarding relationships, school, alcohol and drugs, and other sensitive topics.
The Teen Talk students created TeenFest because there are few events where teens can have fun and learn in a way that appeals to them. TeenFest features bands and musicians from area high schools, food, giveaways and raffles, and vendor tables with information that helps teens make healthy choices.
"TeenFest was designed to encourage teens to find alternatives to negative behaviors and seek the healthy and positive aspects of life," said Jaclyn Turner, a Corcoran High School senior and Teen Talk student who will lead the TeenFest organizing efforts this year. "Our hope is that TeenFest will be an annual event, and that it helps the community realize the potential and importance of its teens."
More than 400 people attended the 2016 TeenFest at the Palace Theatre in the Eastwood section of Syracuse. The incredibly talented lineup included The Cuddlefish, the 2016 JCC Battle of the Bands winner that recently released its first full-length CD; The Easy with Kidd O’Ryan, who was recently signed to a record label; and Payton Bird, a rising star on the local music scene.
"The students and the performers loved being at the Palace, and the Palace staff was wonderful to work with," said Rachel Tarr, Contact’s Coordinator of Youth Engagement who coordinates Teen Talk. "Our move to Henninger is more about expanding our partnership with the Syracuse City School District and growing this event because there will be more space for vendors and for attendees."
For the 2016 TeenFest, the Teen Talk students created a "Spirit Award" that was presented to Tyler Lamb, who was scheduled to perform at the event but couldn’t make it because he was seriously ill. Sadly, Tyler passed away a few weeks after TeenFest, but the teen organizers will keep his spirit alive by presenting the "Tyler Lamb Spirit Award" at all future TeenFests. The award will be presented to teens who show Tyler’s indomitable spirit.
Information about how to nominate a teen for the Tyler Lamb Spirit Award and other details about TeenFest will become available on the TeenFest website as soon as they’re finalized. In the meantime, you can get a feel for what the 2017 event will be like by checking out some of the media coverage that the 2016 event received from syracuse.com, Bridge Street, and the Ted and Amy and Big Mike radio shows (you’ll find the radio appearances at the top of the Teen Talk podcasts).