Rocketown Sends Out a Positive Vibe for Teens
by Emily Goldberg | printable version
Summer 2010| Volume XXIII, Number 2
Looking for a cool place to grab a smoothie, hear some music, skateboard and meet some friends?
Pompano Beach’s Rocketown entertainment facility offers it all: music, games, food and a young staff. Most importantly, it offers a positive environment for teens and is a more affordable alternative than other teen attractions.
Clay Shiver, the founder and director of Rocketown, organized this non-profit center as a hang out spot for teens to prevent boredom and angst among youth. "When kids run out of things to do, that’s when destruction starts," he said. "We created Rocketown to give teens a sense of purpose.
We welcome all teens of any ethnicity, race or religion. We appreciate the variety and want teens to have fun in a safe environment," Shiver added.
At Rocketown, teens can watch bands perform live, skate in the wide indoor skate park and snack at the tasty café. The most important aspect, however, is the youth leadership.
Though Rocketown is faith-based, our bigger purpose is to encourage teens to find their own purposes in life," Shiver said. "We want teens to find their inner passions and know that Rocketown is the place to launch those passions."
Having only been open for six months, this 12,000-square-foot facility has attracted hundreds of teens in Broward County.
Coral Springs High School sophomore Samantha Shields has visited Rocketown numerous times.
I love the bands that play here. I’ve been to other concerts, but Rocketown is the best environment for concerts. It’s just fun here," Shields said.
Perhaps the most popular aspect of Rocketown is the live teen bands that perform on stage. A.J. Lino, a senior from Western High School, enjoys performing at Rocketown with his band, Count Me In, because of the comfortable atmosphere. "There is a cool vibe at Rocketown. They welcome any kind of music here," Lino said.
Students can also volunteer at Rocketown for service hours throughout the week. Westminster Academy junior Sean Driscoll volunteers because of the constant activity and the variety of things to do. “I like trying new things and being a role model to the younger kids who hang out here," Driscoll said.
Rocketown is located at 311 S. Federal Highway in Pompano Beach. It’s open Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 11 p.m. and Sundays from 4 to 9 p.m. For information, visit www.rocketownfl.com or call 954-786-1116.