In 1995 Charles “Chop” DeMeo left the bulk of his estate to the Sonoma County Community Foundation to create a safe and productive place for teens in our community.
Through a series of public meetings and teen surveys, the plans for a teen club took shape. Once a site was identified and approved, the question of what to call the teen club arose – and the answer was obvious: it would be named after the man who made it all possible, the man who was known to his friends and family as “Chop.”
Chop’s Teen Club is the realization of the dream of Charles “Chop” DeMeo, who saw teens as assets to the community, and wished to build a bridge to the future by creating a place for teens to have a multitude of opportunities for personal growth.
Our doors opened in 2001, and we continue to grow and evolve based on the needs and desires of our teen community. We offer a complete menu of programs, workshops, drop-in activities and workforce ready courses.
Our mission: To provide a safe, fun and productive place where teens engage, connect and discover their true potential.
Our vision: We believe in our youth; that they represent the future of our community and in their hands rests the ability to sustain, expand, nurture and elevate the area we live in. We believe we owe them our time, our commitment to mentor, and to provide them with skills to become successful and contributing members of our community. And in those actions, we fulfill the dream of our benefactor, Charles “Chop” DeMeo, to form a bridge to the future.