I've been asked, "What is there to do in Cleveland?" Well I have a few suggestions for you teenagers. There are positive things to do, as a young man or woman, that you just might enjoy.
1. Visit a museum. I know what you are thinking. It sounds boring or like something you have to do in school, right? It doesn't have to be. The reason it might not have been so exciting is because you have gone with your school or when you were much younger. Try a museum with content you enjoy. For example, if you are a fan of music, go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame http://www.rockhall.com/visit-the-museum . The price is discounted for Cleveland residents, children, and seniors.
Do you like art? Visit the Art Museum. http://www.clevelandart.org . Admission is free! However, you do have to pay for parking if you are driving or catch the RTA there. They sometimes have contests to enter for those interested in things like writing poetry.
2. Speaking of poetry contests, visit your local public library. They usually have some type of writing contest to enter. So be sure to ask your local librarians what they have going on. You will have a chance to win prizes, work on perfecting your craft, and sometimes even a chance to be published.
The library has much more than books and videos to offer. There are so many programs to take advantage of. All you have to do is seek the information you want and you will find it. Best of all it's free.
3. Volunteer. Local hospitals such as University Hospital http://www.uhhospitals.org and Cleveland Clinic http://my.clevelandclinic.org always have volunteer opportunities. You can find more information on their websites by typing volunteer in the search bar which is located at the top right of the page. You can find volunteer opportunities in many places, but I suggest to look for places you would like to work when you're older or in a field that really interests you. Volunteering doesn't have to be boring. It can give you experience, the chance to network, or even a better chance at a job in the near future. Also, you can have a first look at what you might and might not like to pursue as a career. I've seen volunteer opportunities at University Hospital for ages 15+. So keep a lookout for things that would be beneficial to you.
4. Work. If you don't want to work for free, consider trying to get a part-time job. Many jobs hire at 16. Go to a site like snagajob.com. They usually have jobs for teens in your area. Getting a job not only helps you, but your parents also as long as education is FIRST. You can make a little money, stay busy and away from negativity, and learn responsibilty at the same time. What better way to relate with your parents/guardians who work hard everyday.
If you can learn to balance activities now, when you become an adult, it will be easier. Take it from me. A young woman who was just a teenager herself. There are things to do to occupy your time besides things your parents wouldn't approve of. You just have to look for things you like and wouldn't mind doing. There is no time like the present. So get started on yourself today.
If you would like more information about anything I've mentioned, please feel free to leave a comment and I will be sure to answer anything I can. Thank you for reading!