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Address: 301 Center Street in Santa Cruz (at the Louden Nelson Community Center)
Phone: 831 420-5337
Operating Hours: Open Monday-Saturday. Check calendar on left for times.
Teen Center Supervisor: Robert Acosta
Email: Santa Cruz Teen Center
Stop by the Santa Cruz Teen Center for recreational activities such as basketball, a pool table, PlayStation 3 & 4, X-Box 360, Wii active events, foosball, movies, computers with internet access, free wi-fi, music and basically a pretty chill space. Also pick up our current calendar to find out what’s happening for teens in Santa Cruz. The Teen Center sponsors special events, day and overnight trips, sports, and outdoor events in addition to daily activities. Check our Monthly Calendar for ongoing activities!
We can also be reached on our Facebook page and on Instagram.
BICYCLE DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM: The Teen Center is now in charge of administering the City's Bicycle Distribution Program. The purpose of this program is to distribute surplus bicycles recovered by the City of Santa Cruz to local youth through partnerships with charitable or nonprofit organizations. If you know of someone under 18 who lives in Santa Cruz and who needs a bicycle, or if you are a non-profit that works with youth, please fill out the sign-up form (English, Spanish) and the waiver (English, Spanish) and return them to the Teen Center. Click here to see the Bicycle Distribution Program's Guidelines. For more information about this monthly distribution you can also email the Teen Center.
TEEN CENTER BUDGET UPDATE: Thanks to funding from the City of Santa Cruz and from generous donations and grants, the Teen Center is almost completely funded. However we are always seeking additional funding to help continue operation of this very important program. Donate to Friends of Parks and Recreation in support of the Santa Cruz Teen Center.
COMPUTER LAB: The Teen Center has 2 brand new computers that we were able to purchase thanks to the generosity of donors in the community. Come surf the net on a high speed internet connection, play your favorite computer games, burn a CD or type and print that paper for your history class. Computer use is free so just come on in and sign up for a slot.
TEEN SCHOLARSHIPS: Friends of Parks and Recreation (FOPAR) has allocated funds for partial scholarships for limited-income families residing within the City of Santa Cruz. Interested Santa Cruz City residents may pick up scholarship request forms at the Parks and Recreation Office, 323 Church Street. Call 831-420-5270.
SEEKING VOLUNTEER MENTORS: The Teen Center is always seeking motivated, creative and energetic individuals mentor our teens. If you have a strong desire to work with youth please contact us regarding your program. Ages 19 and up are encouraged to inquire. Positive role models with knowledge of serving youth are desired. We are especially looking for people skilled in, but not limited to arts, community service projects, skill building, cultural enrichment, dance, music, sports and computers. All information on how to become a volunteer is available here.