Our Mission

The mission of Bradford Teen Center, Inc. is to provide a safe, enjoyable environment where teenage youth are heard, encouraged, and empowered. The center will do this by offering after-school and out of school programs to stimulate creativity, enhance self-esteem, and develop social and educational skills; encouraging community awareness among teens through involvement in community service projects; fostering the development of leadership skills; and providing a safe location for social and recreational activities.

Our Story

The Start of The Bradford Teen Center

The Bradford Teen Center was formed in 2018, by Patrick Peters. Patrick has always been passionate about supporting youth in the community, and when he heard that the existing teen center was closing, he took on the task of starting another center for the youth in Bradford and the surrounding communities. The father of a teenage son himself, Patrick recognized the need for a safe place for teens to go. In October of 2018, a board of directors was formed and The Bradford Teen Center started working on this endeavor.

The Hub is born!

In the winter of 2019 two local teens, Caleb Peters and TJ Adams, came up with the name and logo design for The Hub. TJ thought that the center should be named The Hub because it would be a central place for teens to come together. With this idea in mind, Caleb designed our logo, with the half circle on the top of the design representing youth coming together and being connected.

Finding a Space

In early spring of 2020, The Bradford Teen Center began looking at properties, and decided on 9 Barton Street as the home of The Hub. In April of 2020, The Bradford Teen Center moved in.

Donations, Donations, Donations

We asked for donations of items for The Hub, and the community answered with an outpouring of support! The Bradford Teen Center was able to outfit the new space with furniture, cooking appliances, books, air hockey table, ping pong, movies, Xbox 360 and games, arts and crafts, laptops, and a printer.

Teen Representatives

The Bradford Teen Center feels that The Hub belongs to the teens in our community, and that the teens must have a say in what is offered for programing and events at The Hub. Our Teen Representatives are the link between The Hub and the Board of Directors. It is the job of the Teen Representatives to talk to the youth visiting The Hub to find out what they want from the center. The Representatives then meet with the Director to talk about possible events and programs for the center. We are always looking for more teens to be involved and become Teen Representatives.

Who We Are

Riley Harrness, Teen Center Director

Harrness, a Newbury, Vermont resident, graduated from Vermont Technical College, married his wife Rachel in 2013, and is the father of Ileana, Landin and Dakota. The family spends most of their free time at sporting events and in various outdoor activities, including camping, boating, and hunting.

You can reach him at director.thehub@gmail.com

Board Members:

Patrick Peters, President
Jessica Paynter, Vice President
Kyle Limlaw, Secretary
Betsy Alexander, Treasurer
Shari Maverick
ope Cataldo

Miles M., Teen Representative
Warren K., Teen Representative
Alex D., Teen Representative
Paul A., Teen Representative
Liam O
., Teen Representative
Schuyler A., Teen Representative

Public relations: Bridget Peters (publicity.bradfordteencenter@gmail.com)