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August 21, 2007 > Teen workshop hosts a special flea market

Teen workshop hosts a special flea market

By Anuja Saith

Do you aspire to make it big? Well, you can begin making your dreams come true at Union City's Leisure Services Teen Workshop. For over 30 years, this workshop has provided a safe and constructive environment to learn invaluable people skills that can propel future CEOs or entrepreneurs.

Initially, the workshop was called Union City Youth Program, providing job referrals to many teens around the area. Employment varied from housekeeping and baby sitting to clerical work in local offices. The program began with a $5,000 grant from the city of Union City and sustained itself on federal funds for a couple of years until the city purchased its location - an old Mohawk Petroleum gas station.

Anyone ages 10 to 17 years old is welcome to drop in anytime at this workshop. "We intend to teach the kids around Union City how to build social and work skills that they can use later in life," says Chris DelaCruz, an employee of city of Union City. "Our motive is to give kids a place to go, give them some mentorship and make them better people," he explains.

This is a hands-on experience, helping participants develop new interests and skills. According to DelaCruz, teens learn how to behave appropriately in a business setting, where there is constant interaction with customers and fellow workers.

Teen Workshop opens six days a week during summer months and four days beginning in fall. The workshop teaches bike repair and screen printing. It also offers a "bicycle tune up" service and help to build a bike from scratch, repair an old one or give it a fresh look.

As fall approaches, workshop organizers are planning new activities. This fall, offerings will include a chance to hone your acting skills, with some play and drama classes. Another creative outlet allows workshop participants to learn T-shirt or poster screen printing. So, to keep learning something new, try out the Union City Teen workshop.

On Saturday, August 25th, the work shop is hosting a special flea market, where visitors can learn how to screen print T-shirts for free. For those who would like to reserve space to sell merchandise, space is available for $15.

Union City Teen Workshop
Saturday; August 25th
8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
33623 Mission Blvd., Union City
(510) 471-6877
Admission Free

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