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I would ask the question what is it that you want the space to convey? checking out the flicker links tells me a lot about what the groups value. Pool, air hockey tell me community, stage amps tells me worship (i hope), white board tells me teaching, floor lighting says living room feel. So what do you want the room to say? Architecture says things. I railed against one of our spaces for a while until it dawned on our team that what the space says really is that what we are about happens out there (in the world) not necessarily in here.

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I'm in the process of decorating our new middle school area. I've been all over the internet looking for ideas. Below are a couple of websites that may help you and give you some ideas.

http://www.flickr.com/groups/youthgroups/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/youthminspaces

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A couple years ago I did our room and went to look at youth rooms all around Denver. I quickly saw what I didn't want ours to look like (with a few exceptions). So I went to where the kids hung out. At that time Denver had a Vans Skate Park and I got most of my ideas from there. Street signs, a little corrugated metal and old food court tables from a mall that was being torn down (they were literally demolishing at one end while I was quickly getting them out the other) and it ended up looking really good. Kids loved it.

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Paint the room a different color
Frame your student ministry logo shirt & hang on wall
Frame photos of students and events & hang on wall
Subway booths, round tables with bar stools
Snack bar, with fridge full of pop, frozen pizza, ice cream etc, cabinets full of chocolate candy, regular candy, chips, donuts, etc...

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Pictures. Pictures. Pictures.
Dig through pictures from youth events and get 'em on the walls. This will trump any paint/gadget/furniture you put in the room, and it will tell the story of your ministry to new students/families that visit.
Get some on canvas, have big ones they can sign, do a collage, cut out the people and just put them on the wall (so not just rectangular pictures).
We also make sure to have an object from each event that everyone signs. W have 2 plungers, a laptop, a sock, roller skates, toy pony, a hat, a bowling pin... etc. Then we hang the object the wall next to a group picture from that event. Students LOVE it!

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I love "visioneering" rooms. It is something that has pushed my buttons since day one. The first church I was at had no-budget so I went to the city and asked for street signs...they were more than willing to help...recently did that in Stuttgart and was given access to hundreds of them. I have since changed the look of our stuff, but the sign stuff was one of my favs. Borrow, get free stuff, and most of all, if you have permission, paint is cheap...be colorful and have a purpose. Take a look at the link below.

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The second space is 25x25 feet. We talked to a contracter and had him construct a 20 foot wrap around bar. We purchased 8 stools online for $30 a stool (www.barstoolsupercenter.com) and we got a couple in the church to donate a 35 inch flat screen.

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Unfortunately in our building, our youth room isn't just a youth room, so I can't do any permanent decorations. We do have a disco ball hanging from the ceiling though.

I used to volunteer at a Youth for Christ drop in, they had a group of students several years earlier do sketches and then grafitti the walls. They worked in some spiritual themes as well. One wall had the album cover from POD's snuff the punk album (see link)

The place had a really grungy basement hideout sort of feel that felt really comforting to a lot of the teens that came in.

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We have two spaces in which we utilize. One is a 25x45 foot room.

We have our "services" in the larger room and we've casted vision to mount two 42 inch flat screens. We finally had a local bank donate two of their screens and we had an electrician in our church mount them with pole mounts. The sit to the top right and left of our stage area (great for lyrics and powerpoint). We're hanging black fabric along the back of our stage ($40.00 @ Walmart) and we mounted a 6X3 foot Foam Logo hanging from fishing string (Staples $100.00)

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The Starbucks Coffee Shop creates an excellent atmosphere for community. Painted brick walls, Eddie Bauer color chart from Lowes with black accents. Tall and short round tables.

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