While adults handle all of The Center @ 862's fundraising and fiscal management, the planning and promotion of events is up to a board of teens. The teens have thrown events including DJ parties, live-music nights, and video-game tournaments. Another such event: Mayhem Haunted House, the latest iteration of their yearly yelp-fest, partnered with Fright Room Productions, a cadre of scare experts who transform Supply Field into a deserted mansion that's maybe not so deserted after all. Thrills wait around every corner as patrons?and, if they're younger than 10, their parents?risk an encounter with ghosts, zombies, and ravenous monsters.
On off nights, the center accommodates teens from eighth graders through high schoolers as they play games of pool and pinball or snack on paninis and smoothies. Along with leisure activities, the center?s board schedules educational sessions such as practice SAT and ACT tests or babysitter training workshops, in which students learn bedtime-story alternatives to reading their algebra tests aloud.