Shannon Philpott-Sanders

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Set Clear Rules to Achieve Safe Parties for Young Teens

Published April 2010:

Set Clear Rules to Achieve Safe Parties for Young Teens

Article Overview:

If there’s ever a situation when parents need to set clear expectations and guidelines, it’s parties for young teens! A teen center in Illinois that’s been popular for more than 50 years offers strategies for safe and happy parties at your own home.


Some of my fondest memories from my teenage years were created at a popular teen party spot. I clearly remember dancing underneath a disco ball to Aerosmith’s “Angel” while awkwardly trying to stay at arm’s length from my dance partner. Later, while munching on Tombstone pizzas, my friends and I would giggle about the cute boys hanging out in the corner.

When I was a teenager, Tepee was the place to be every Friday night. A youth haven for 7th and 8th graders in Collinsville, Illinois, the youth center is still going strong—home to 13- and 14-year olds each weekend.

“It gives them somewhere to go and interact with friends and is so much better than having them attend a movie unsupervised, or worse, stand on the streets to socialize,” said Barb Hasamear, a long-time volunteer of the youth center that opened in 1951.

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– Shannon Philpott


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