Columbia Association has announced a new partnership with Columbia Community Care to bring new programming to the Youth & Teen Center at The Barn in Oakland Mills.

Through a variety of programs, CA’s Youth & Teen Center has seen more than 3,600 check-ins in 2022. The facility provides a daily drop-in program where teens and pre-teens have a safe place to go after school, in addition to hosting activities like cooking clubs, art classes and leadership development opportunities.

The Youth & Teen Center also partners with organizations like 4-H, the Howard County Public Library System, the Howard County Police Department and NAMI Howard County to bring science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics programming, chess tournaments and mental health discussions to the facility.

CCC was founded during the pandemic, primarily to address food insecurity and poverty issues. Since, it has grown from food pantries to provide a wide variety of resources, services and programs across the county. One of the group’s winter food distribution centers is located at The Barn, opening its doors every Saturday to serve those in need.

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