A new youth center will be opening in Walworth County named “I Don't Know Where To Be.” It is the life-long dream of Melissa and Levi Sisk of Darien. The grand opening is Friday, September 13, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. The center is located at 123 Park Place, Delavan.
“Growing up in this remote area, we didn't have many things to do as teenagers. We hope to change that for the young people growing up in our county these days,” said founder Levi Sisk. The project has been a labor of love that has met with some concern and controversy among Delavan residents and politicians alike.
The Sisks admit there was some concern about a teen center opening in Delavan by some members of the city council. But, all the permits needed were granted and the project is expected to be generally well received.
“I was happy to support their idea and proposal of doing more for our youth,” said Delavan 3rd Ward Alderman Ryan J. Schroeder who grew up in Delavan with very few activities available to him when he was in high school. “As a youth growing up in Delavan, we didn't always have a lot to do. So, in today's age, it's important to do all we can to provide recreational programs and a safe place for kids to hang out amongst friends.”
“Young people today need healthy alternatives for time spent after school hours,” said youth educator Debi Haskell. “Some young people don't always have viable alternatives from the time they leave campus until the time a parent or guardian arrives home. This program is a wonderful idea that will bridge a serious social and educational gap for many of Walworth County's youth.”
“I'm looking forward to seeing first-hand, just what kind of an opportunity this establishment will offer to our kids. I wish the Sisks much success because if they succeed, more importantly, kids in our community will succeed with having additional options to occupy their time. I look forward to them being a part of the community and will work to help spread the word to others,” said Ald. Schroeder.
For more information about the teen center, volunteering or mentoring opportunities or to donate time or resources, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the center at (262) 903-6211.