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Teen Haven to hold island-wide tag day

A charity that works to empower Bermuda's youth will be hosting an island-wide tag day tomorrow.

Teen Haven, founded in 1948 to provide shelter for homeless young people, is ramping up its fundraising drive to supplement dwindling resources.

It will also host information lectures about the charity's early beginnings and an event to honour those who have supported the programme.

“On the heels of a recession and funding cut backs, Teen Haven finds that it is challenged to stay operable and meet the growing critical social need for housing unwed young mothers and at-risk young women,” the charity's director, Michelle Wade, said in a statement.

“As a result, it will start off the New Year commencing February 19 (tomorrow) with a fundraising drive to supplement dwindling resources.”

According to Ms Wade, Teen Haven was the brainchild of teacher Millicent Neverson, who saw an urgent need for a place of refuge for families of young children.

“This year, the agency has committed to raising awareness of the services provided by Teen Haven and will organise fundraising events, to both celebrate the life of a great lady and to continue her legacy,” Ms Wade said.

“We are inviting community organisations, schools, churches, and the corporate arena to join us in our fundraising efforts to keep Teen Haven open.”

Teen Haven was forced to shut its doors in 1971 after the government withdrew funding, but it reopened in 1976 under the control of Teen Services.

Since then, the charity provided services to hundreds of families.

Its mission is to empower Bermuda's youth, especially at-risk girls, by promoting healthy development through ongoing education, counselling and support.

For more information, contact the agency by e-mail at teenservices@northrock.bm or call 292-4598

Patricia Gordon-Pamplin, the Minister of Community, Culture and Sports, receives the first tag from Harrington Sound School student Josiah Richardson and Michelle Wade, the director of Teen Services (Photograph supplied)

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Published February 18, 2016 at 4:48 pm (Updated February 18, 2016 at 5:38 pm)

Teen Haven to hold island-wide tag day

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