Columbia Parks and Rec hosts "lock-in" for teen girls
COLUMBIA - Girls were "locked-in" Friday night for Columbia Parks and Recreation's winter overnight program.
From 8:30 p.m. Friday until 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning, volunteers and teens played games, enjoyed homemade pizzas and had the chance to talk about the issues most important to them.
Park and Recreation lock-ins are open to teens 11 to 15-years-old and held in January, April, July and Ocobter.
Recreation leader Mary Dewey said the overnight programs bring out different sides of the teens, really allowing them to be themselves. Dewey said the lock-ins are a safe space for the attendees to talk about their opinions, concerns and hopes for the future. She said it can be particuarly helpful for those who are more shy.
"If they start talking to us or other staff members they're not bottling all that inside," she said. "It's open. They feel comfortable."
About a dozen girls attended Friday's event. The girls all agreed it's easier to open up when you're staying up all night together.
"When you're with them all night you feel like you get to know them better," Sam Christian, 12, said.
Parks and Rec hosted an overnight for boys Jan. 16. The program at the Armory Sports Center cost attendees $5.