About us

Our Purpose

Open Doors Center for Self-Directed Teens is a safe, youth-driven community dedicated to supporting teens of all backgrounds as they engage in their interests, voice their dreams, explore their full potential and share the joy of learning.

All too often, adolescence is viewed simply as a time to endure, get over, and get through. Teens today are not given the chance to take initiative on projects of their own choosing. It is our goal to change that, and to foster motivated, happy teens in the Grand Rapids area who are ready and willing to take on self-directed learning and leadership roles. All teens need and deserve to have their voices heard and respected. We give them that chance.

Open Doors employs a model in which teens and adults work as a community to create a space that can meet the needs of teens in our area. Teens take an active role in making decisions, creating projects and developing programs of their own choosing, all based on their own passions and interests. Teens and adult leaders facilitate the process of turning these passions and interests into realities both within the center and in the Grand Rapids community at large.


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