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TEEN CENTER OF WILTON INC

For Teens, By Teens

aka Trackside   |   Wilton, CT   |  www.trackside.org

Mission

Trackside, the Teen Center of Wilton, is a safe and supervised alcohol, tobacco and drug-free gathering place where the youth of Wilton can socialize, build self esteem and develop healthy relationships after school and on weekends.

Ruling year info

2002

Director of Development & Operations

Cindy Moser

Director of Programming

Dr. John E Priest

Main address

15 Station Rd

Wilton, CT 06897 USA

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EIN

10-0000069

NTEE code info

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

Recreational, Pleasure, or Social Club (N50)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Robotics

he Trackside robotics club focuses on designing, building and coding a robot that is able to compete in real competitions and scrimmages through VEX Robotics.

Students will learn how to work as a team, in addition to learning the basics of coding, engineering, and designing, as well as learning how to problem solve. This club is a fun introduction to the complexities of robotics!

Robotics club is best suited for kids who can focus & want to learn how to build a robot & prepare for competition. Must be able to use tools safely (with supervision) and work well in a small group, with 2 incredibly enthusiastic and knowledgeable high school leaders.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Preteens

Trackside is excited to parter with YOUR ACADEMICS.

YA will be providing FREE, in person, academic tutoring, at Trackside Mon, Tues & Wed for students grade 6-12. Tutoring available for a wide range of subject areas including math, science, history and more.

Virtual tutoring available for students grades 3-12 through their website. Registation and assigment of tutor is managed through Your Academics.

Population(s) Served
Preteens
Adolescents

Open to both MS and HS students, including an experienced 8th Grade+ session, Trackside's D&D Club is led by a Dungeon Masters Fanelli and Traub . The club will be split into groups of 3-6 based on experience and will meet weekly to learn and develop their D&D skills and knowledge, diving deeper and deeper into the game.

D&D is hugely popular on college campuses and in social circles young and old... this is definitely a life long game to be played and loved!

Population(s) Served
Preteens
Preteens
Adolescents

Teens meet at Trackside each Tuesday and walk to town with staff and/or HS LEADER for an enriching business experience.

The goal is to expose our teens to a wide range of local businesses & career opportunities.

Students will meet the founder, hear about their career trajectory, ask questions and engage in an experienecial activity. Perfect for the budding entrepreneur, leader and those interested in learning more about the local community & a variety of potential career paths.

​Parental involvement welcomed if you're interested in chaperoning.

These 'stay local' field trips begin and end at Trackside

Population(s) Served

Come join our Wilton high School student coaches for this challenging and fun club.
Quiz Bowl is a game in which two teams compete head-to-head to answer questions from all areas of knowledge. ​Meetings will take place both live and virtually on Wednesdays and Fridays. Our goal is to have our student team participate in area NAQT competitions!

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Preteens

High School improv comics mentor younger teens in the art of improv and work with them to develop skills and practice performance in this exciting and fun filled comedy field.

Population(s) Served
Preteens
Adolescents

Open to all Middle School and High School Gamers, come out and enjoy playing Trackside's top games on Nintendo Switch, Wii and PS4 (No VR) each Friday Afternoon. Learn and challenge our High School Mentors and compete in tournaments (included in fee) throughout the program session for bragging rights and prizes!

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Preteens

Modeled after The Muse Club at Middleschool.
Students will create their own digital magazine comprised of poetry, writing, art, music & more. Open to artists of all kinds, seeking a creative outlet to develop their work and express themselves.

All creative expressions welcome. This is a safe and enriching space to share work, receive guidance and feedback and expand ideas and skills.

The program ends with the completion of a digital magazine showcasing students work, to be shared with parents & community.

Population(s) Served

In the digital age, computer languages are becoming increasingly important. Our entire lives are designed around computers, making a strong foundation in coding incredibly valuable.

Trackside's Coding Club will introduce members to the world of computer science through JavaScript, the most popular coding language and one of the core building blocks on the Web.

Run by HS Leader, Will Traub, AP computer science student and Center for Global Studies computer science competition coach.

Population(s) Served

The Wilton Garden Club and Trackside Teen Center team up annually to offer the Green Teens program, a truly unique and wonderful program for middle school students.

Students will be involved with creating and maintaining vegetable gardens, learning about the importance of healthy foods, and give back to the community as the produce they grow will be donated to the Wilton Food Pantry.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Preteens
Adolescents
Preteens
Adolescents
Preteens
Adolescents
Preteens

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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TEEN CENTER OF WILTON INC

Board of directors
as of 09/18/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Farah Masani

Merideth Gilmor

Olga Zargos-Traub

Andrea Leifer

Mike Handel

Matt Preskenis

Michael Safko

Carlo Johnson

Robin McCorry

Jeff Kong

Aimee Cerra

Shawn Frendt

Katie McCabe

Aimee Cerra

Thomas Fletcher

Student

Cora Huff

Student

Adi Mital

Student

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/18/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/18/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.