Teen Center USA
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Organization Details

Programs

Description
The Drop-In Program is operated Monday through Friday for students to come after school from 12:00pm - 6:00pm (during the summer months) and 3:00pm - 6:00pm (during the school year). It provides a welcoming, supervised, safe environment for local teens to play games, spend time with friends, receive homework assistance, and socialize. The TCUSA Drop In Center helps to promote leadership, provide community service opportunities, special activities, and educational programs. Our staff and volunteers are devoted to the success of young people. Our Computer Lab is a quiet place for homework and research and for participating in other educational programs.
Budget
$150,000
Program Successes
We continue to see an increase in the number of teens that we serve each year at our Drop In Center. Registration restarts every July.
- Last school year (2018-19), over 400 teens registered to be a member of the Teen Center.
- As of December 31, 2019 Teen Center USA's Drop In Center has had 289 teens attend at least once a month with 60-70 teens attending on a daily basis.
- We have had several consecutive days each month in the past 6 months of 80 or more teens who have dropped in during our open hours.
- We have also had as many as 95 teens come through the Teen Center on a single day this current school year so far.
- We are experiencing a 23% increase of active membership at the Teen Center. An active member is a teen who attends Teen Center USA's Drop in Center at least eight times a month.
Description
Seeing that there was a need to build a Leadership Program for the teens within the Teen Center, the Rotary Club of Laguna Sunrise helped Teen Center USA sponsor and charter this community service oriented Interact Club for teens. Students in the club are given opportunities to learn leadership skills as well as serve the community locally and internationally.
Budget
$1,000
Program Successes
During the fall semester, students planned several successful Friday night Kickback events for their peers at the Teen Center, raised money for Polio prevention, enter into a Scarecrow contest for the Giant Pumpkin Festival in Elk Grove and won second place. For the spring they plan to recruit more members into the club and give back at several community events and local nonprofits.
Description
Teen Center USA invites Middle School and High School Students to a Free Hot Breakfast before school every week during the school year giving staff opportunities to mentor and build self-esteem by building relationship with students. Brunch Club runs up to five days per week during the summer months.
Budget
$1,200
Program Successes
- Since it began in October 2009, our Wednesday morning FREE Breakfast Club regularly feeds as many as 30 hungry teens before school every week.
- These numbers continue to increase.
Description
Held at the Teen Center twice a month, this is a fun, safe alternative for teens. Games, pizza, soda, and activities are provided. Leaders in law enforcement and other social service agencies present community workshops focusing on topics such as Internet Safety, Drug and Alcohol awareness, and gang violence through this program.
Budget
$1,200
Program Successes
Friday Night Kickback provides increased opportunities to mentor teens and also provides a safe space for teens to hang out after hours on Friday nights.
Description
This six-week program encourages teens to express themselves, build confidence, and self-esteem through participation and includes musical coaching and auditions followed by a competition. This annual competition is for Amateurs 7th-12th grades performing. Solo and Group Vocals and can include A Cappella, instrumental accompaniment or with background music. Choirs and Duets encouraged to audition. Auditions are scheduled weekly. Top 10 are given opportunities throughout the year to perform at community wide events and fundraisers.
Budget
$3,700
Program Successes
More than 600 youth, 7th-12th grades, have directly participated in our performing arts program Teen Idol, an annual local singing competition.
Description
We are currently working on launching the Mobile Teen Center. It is equipped with a bike repair shop, skate board repair shop, computers, video games, music, and a paid and volunteer mentor staff. We will go to different locations twice a week to provide positive recreational activities and environment for teens to go to after school. Teens will be able to follow us on social media to find out where we will be on those days. We also plan to attend various community events to bring awareness to our organization and the services we provide to the teens in Elk Grove. Our hope is to expand our presence into all of Elk Grove and not just Old Town Elk Grove.
Budget
$6,700
Program Successes
- The Mobile Teen Center has been seen and used for various community events around Elk Grove.
- We've been able to send the Mobile Teen Center to a Charter School after school dance, participate in the City of Elk Grove's annual Teen Only event, Party at the Palms, and showcase the MTC in the Annual Dicken's Faire Parade of Lights.
- Participation in these community events has helped to bring awareness to the Teen Center and the services we provide for teens in the community.