Letter: BETA teen center has new board, new programs

To the editor:

BETA (Brown County Enrichment for Teens Association Inc.) is thankful to the new BETA board that has been recently formed and would like to share the information with the community to expand our outreach and collaboration efforts through these amazing individuals: Guy Knaus for co-president, Quincy Robinson for vice president, Bobbie Knaus for treasurer, Julie Davis for secretary, Abby Smith for art director and Fen Smith for teen representative.

BETA is an after-school program with 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. It opens Tuesdays from 3 to 6:30 p.m. during the school year, providing a safe and nurturing place for teens of junior high and high school ages. BETA Center is located on the second floor of Hoosier Art Gallery and across from the United Methodist Church.

BETA is constantly looking for responsible and caring adults as volunteers or to serve on the board. BETA is possible thanks to many wonderful board members and volunteers in the past including Cindy Steele, our proud founder. BETA also is so thankful to our constant and dedicated volunteers who include Pam Boer, Connie Casey and Paul Landry.

BETA has recently started many wonderful programs including a monthly cooking class, weekly art program and free guitar lessons from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays which have been funded by the After School Art Committee (ASAC). BETA is also planning to implement tutoring programs that will benefit junior high and high school students starting in January 2018 with grants from the Brown County Drug Free Coalition (BCDFC).

BETA also would like to ask special financial support from our community due to increased rent of $5,000 per year after our move to the new location this January. With the ongoing support from the Brown County Community Foundation (BCCF), BETA has a designated endowment fund for generous donors, and also always welcomes any direct donation to BETA to sustain our operational costs with the increasing number of teens in attendance, averaging 38 to 40 recently.

Please feel free to contact Larry Pejeau, CEO of the BCCF at 812-988-4882 (office) or email larry@bccfin.org to inquire about BETA’s endowment fund, or send your donation to BETA, P.O. Box 1194, Nashville, IN. Also, please feel free to contact Clara Stanley at 312-310-3617 or email clarastanley0309@yahoo.com for any questions about volunteering or a direct donation.

BETA believes the power of our youth and our community will make all the difference for the future generations to come. We are Brown County!

Respectfully submitted by,

Clara Stanley, BETA board co-president

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