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The Kyle Hyland Foundation for Teen Support (KHF) was founded in 2015 after Kyle Hyland took his life at the age of 16. As a legacy for Kyle, the mission of KHF is to establish and maintain a teen center in Benicia where teens can be provided support through social interaction, music, art, counseling and mentoring.

The KHF realized this goal upon opening the doors of the Benicia Teen Center (BTC) in January 2016 at 1818 Military West, a building rented from the Gateway Church. Unfortunately in June 2017, the BTC had to move out of this space as the church decided to go in a different direction. KHF is now actively looking for a new location for the Benicia Teen Center. The space must be all-inclusive as the KHF is proud to provide services and support to all Benicia teens.

Over the year and a half in operation, the Teen Center experienced tremendous growth and was receiving an average of 30-50 kids every week. The BTC provided recreational activities such as movies, video games, and table games (pool, pong, and foosball). Teens also had the opportunity for creative expression through playing numerous instruments or utilizing a full range of art supplies. Free WiFi and Chromebooks were available, and the Center was an ideal location to work on group projects. Low costs snacks were also available.

KHF had also begun offering Teen Forums and other programs specifically focused on issues pertaining to teens, and had partnered with many clubs at the Benicia High School. Going forward, KHF would like to offer more educational workshops and counseling/mental health referrals and resources to teens and to the community.

The BTC served a vital need in our community. The Benicia Teen Center, “your home away from home”, provided a place for ALL teens to hang out and enjoy themselves in a stress-free and creative environment. The Foundation hopes to find a space as soon as possible to minimize its potential impact to the youth of Benicia. Please contact the KHF at with any suggestions for a new location.

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