Inverell youth will soon have their first glimpse of a new space to call their own.
All teenagers in the shire are invited to find out more about the town's first community youth centre on Saturday, April 27.
Kicking off at 11am at 18 Vivian Street with free food and activities, it will be a chance to meet I C YOUth staff and tour the building.
"A lot of the teenagers have already seen the signs and they're hearing about it. There's a groundswell of rumour about I C YOUth, and there's a lot of curiosity factor," youth worker and I C YOUth board member Rhonda Mason said.
"Why would the teenagers of our town want to know about it? Because it's their place. It's for them and there's going to be an exciting, adventurous place that they will call their own."
The introductory event will include a free sausage sizzle, games at Victoria Park and a tour of the building.
Youth will also be invited to take part in the decision-making process by filling out a survey.
Expected to finish around 2pm, buses will be available to take the teens home afterwards.
"They've just got to get themselves there and they won't be disappointed. Three or four hours of a lot of fun," Rhonda said.
Rhonda said the delays in opening the building shouldn't stop young people from having fun and getting to know the centre's dedicated and friendly youth workers.
"All teenagers are welcome to come and check it out. Let's start fulfilling that curiosity factor and figure out what it is and who it is and why it is. Get to see inside the place, hear the great plans that they have for them."
Still undergoing renovations, I C YOUth will provide a safe and inclusive meeting space for young people.
Ping pong tables and games will fill the chill zone, while students can get a helping hand with homework and assignments in the computer lab.
There will also be a secure outdoor activity area and kitchen.
The centre will encourage attendees' artistic pursuits, such as music, drama and painting; and help build essential life skills, including cooking, sewing and basic mechanics.
Along with social activities and homework assistance, youth workers can also support those dealing with homelessness, domestic violence, substance abuse, mental health issues and more.
The centre will partner will a number of local services, and staff will be able to refer young people to the most appropriate organisation, mentor them, help make appointments and talk with their families and schools.