Time in the hospital means time away from school, friends and the life they knew. It becomes critical for these teens, who are facing the battle of their lives, to maintain a sense of connection to their family, friends, and lifestyle in order to battle their treatments with a solid frame of mind, courage, and determination.
A Teen Lounge is a specific space with a minimum size of 15 x 15 for the significant purpose of providing a social or quiet space for adolescents and young adults ages 13 and older. This is a special place designed to help patients take a welcome break from their treatment and a way to meet others their age, and support each other. Here they can watch movies, play video games, communicate with friends and family online or just relax. Teen lounges include board games, computers, big screen TV, pool table, gaming systems, age-appropriate furnishings, and much more.
So far, 65 Teen Lounges have been supported by ARVF, with hopefully many more in the works! Our goal is to get a dedicated Teen Lounge space in as many Children's Hospitals throughout the country!
McLane Children's Teen Lounge Construction!
Nemours duPont Child Life Clubhouse!
If you are a Child Life Specialist or Hospital Development Officer with questions on how to get Teen Lounge funding support to your hospital, please email us at [email protected]!