• If you think there is nothing for youth and teens to do in Columbia, then here is your opportunity to get involved and be a part of the solution.
  • Columbia Association is seeking members for its Teen Advisory Committee and Middle School Advisory Committee, which help plan, organize and implement positive programs and activities. All middle and high school students who live in Howard County are welcome.
  • Students can develop leadership skills, meet like-minded peers from across the county and earn community service hours. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month, 6:30-7:30pm at the Youth and Teen Center at The Barn, 5853 Robert Oliver Place in the Oakland Mills Village Center.
  • Those interested in applying are asked to call 410-992-3726, email CATeens@ColumbiaAssociation.org or visit the Youth and Teen Center.

Don’t miss Columbia Association’s Teen and Middle School advisory committees’ coolest summer-event yet — a night-time pool party with diving and swimming contests, raffles, music, snacks and more.

The Middle School pool party will be held on Friday, July 20 from 6:30-10pm. Register by 5pm on Thursday, July 19 at PoolPartyMiddleSchool.Eventbrite.com

The High School pool party will be held on Friday, August 3 from 6:30-10pm. Register by 5pm on Thursday, Aug. 2 at PoolPartyHighSchool.Eventbrite.com.

Both pool parties will be held at Locust Park Pool in the village of Long Reach, 8995 Lambkin Lane, Columbia. Registration is required for this free event at the above websites. For more information, call the Youth and Teen Center @ The Barn at 410-992-3726.

Well, it’s a wrap! The 2017 Columbia Teen Idol was crowned on Oct. 15 at the 15th annual Hear My Voice Teen Day’s Columbia Teen Idol competition.

Congratulations to Nicole Wildy — our 2017 Columbia Teen Idol winner! Nicole sang “Rise Up” by Audra Day.

Second place went to Andrew Vesey, who performed an original rap called “Freedom.” Third place went to Abby McDonough, who sang “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus. Abby also won the People’s Choice Award. We congratulate all of our finalists for an awesome job!

The next rounds of auditions are expected to begin in September 2018. Stay tuned for dates, times and locations.

The competition is open to Howard County performers from sixth grade through 12th grade. All Teen Idol finalists must agree to participate in a community service project organized by CA’s Youth and Teen Center.