Area teens will have a few more options this summer.
The Sandusky YMCA is hosting three teen dances in its parking lot.
"We do a lot of activities for the elementary-aged kids, but this is really geared to the junior high and senior high kids," said Steve Snider, executive director.
All the dances will be themed and the cost of admission is two cans of food that will be donated to Victory Temple Kitchen.
"There was talk early on that we wanted to have activities where there will be little or no charge," Snider said. "This is a great way that we can tie in giving to others who are a bit less fortunate. It teaches our youth that there are people who don't have it as good as we do."
The dances are 8-11 p.m. June 8, July 13 and August 24. Teens ages 13-14 can attend the first part of the dance 8-9:30 p.m., and teens ages 15-18 can attend the dance 9:30-11 p.m.
There will be a disc jockey playing faith-based music at the dances along with refreshments and activities.
Snider said there will be zero tolerance of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, firearms and public displays of affection.
"The big thing we heard from kids is that they want a fun place to go that is safe," he said.
The dances are in response to a youth committee that was recently formed. The YMCA, local churches, youth-oriented organizations and some city officials make up the committee, which found two main issues keeping youths from attending events: they don't know about them and they don't have transportation.
Snider said there will be buses available to transport teens to and from the dances and other activities.
The youth committee's next meeting is from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. today at Stillwaters Coffee Cafe.