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Jan 31st, 2012 | Filed under Part 2: The Remedies

Other Facilities

One of the chief pleasures of adolescents (or of adults for that matter) is to meet and talk an a coffee bar with a suitable decor and atmosphere is one of the more attractive places for this purpose. It also has the value under the right circumstances of being able to attract some of the 60% of adolescents who are much less likely to come under the influence of an orthodox youth club. A coffee bar should preferably be loosely attached to the youth club building or a redesigned village hall but could be run independently on a commercial basis in premises leased or bought by, for instance, a private benefactor. It is an advantage if the ‘proprietor’ can be trained in youth work in such a way that it enables him to carry on this work inconspicuously among his clientele. This sort of organisation exists in some large towns but not, so far as we can discover, in this county. An independently run coffee bar and restaurant for snacks in the village is perhaps the most likely to be achieved and our view on the desirability of this would hinge entirely on the character and personality of the owner and his capacity for influencing adolescents for good or bad. What would be preferable would be a coffee bar attached to the village hall or youth club building but it must be a place for informal meeting in sophisticated surroundings and decor, open until at least 11 p.m. most nights but particularly on Saturdays and Sundays.

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