Teen Center

The Teen Center includes a computer room, game room, music studio, and much more! We offer a wide variety of exciting programs throughout the year such as Artistic Touch and Concept to Creation. Whether you need help with homework, assistance filling out a job application, or learning about community service opportunities - we are here for you! 

What Teens are saying about us:

  • "I come to experience new opportunities, to help myself and to be with my friends". 
  • "This is a place where I can relax and get my work done...like yesterday I had to get my project done and completed it here. And also you guys are nice." 

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Front view of the Teen Center showing the walkway up to front door.

Hours of Operation during the school year:

  • Monday-Friday:
    10:30 AM - 7:00 PM 
  • Saturday & Sunday: Closed
  • Early Release Day / Professional Study Days
    9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • School Breaks
    9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Update: The Teen Center will not be open on Thursday, February 1st, 2024. Staff will be attending a training this day. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing your teen(s) on Friday, February 2nd, 2024 for Cooking with the Chef.

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Become a Teen Center Member

Teens, if you are looking to become a member you will need to bring a parent or legal guardian with you for the tour (don't worry, this is the only time we ask your parents to be here šŸ˜œ ). It is important to us that the parents know where their child is and who they are going to be with. On this tour, you will see where you will be hanging out and given an application for membership (membership is free). In order to be a Teen Center member, you must be ages 14 - 18 and currently enrolled in high school. Please call 954-571-4568 to schedule your tour today!

Community Resource: The Parent's Guide to Fentanyl has a printable pamphlet available online and can found on the top left at https://www.addicted.org/news/parents-guide-to-fentanyl/

Thank you to Drug Rehab Services for making this information available to our families online.

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Teens getting tennis Instruction

Teen on pier with fishing rod holding his catch.

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Programs & Activities

The Teen Center has set programs throughout the school year, but we encourage our members' voices in deciding what speakers, programs, and classes we offer. Most importantly, classes are FREE!

Self Defense given by COBRA

Yoga students on mats in dark room

Art4Healing

Please join local artist and Art4Healing Instructor Ms. Gamperl for a lovely monthly class addressing various topics chosen by our teens. All supplies provided and no experience needed.

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Date Time Topics
1/10/24 3:30pm-5:30pm Having it All
2/7/24 3:30pm-5:30pm Color and Play for Inner Child
3/6/24 3:30pm-5:30pm Painting from the Soul
4/3/24 3:30pm-5:30pm Stress
5/8/24 3:30pm-5:30pm Hope

YERU STEM

Their mission is to expose youth to science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education to create a career pathway in the area, via community programming as well as curriculum and instruction. Educating young explorer every month at our Teen Center!

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Date Time
1/26/24 3:30pm-5:00pm
2/23/24 3:30pm-5:00pm
4/26/24 3:30pm-5:00pm
5/29/24 3:30pm-5:00pm

Math Tutoring

We welcome DBHS math teacher Ms. Reanna Boodoo on Thursdays this year. We look forward to her expertise in helping youth excel in math. The class is limited to four teens each session. Computers and laptops available if needed. If youth have a textbook for their math class we recommend they bring it as well.

Math Tutor and Student looking at math assignment on paper

Date Time
2/8/24 3:30pm-5:30pm
2/15/24 3:30pm-5:30pm
2/22/24 3:30pm-5:30pm
3/7/24 3:30pm-5:30pm
3/14/24 3:30pm-5:30pm
4/11/24 3:30pm-5:30pm
4/18/24 3:30pm-5:30pm
4/25/24 3:30pm-5:30pm

Book Club

Bring a blanket and come enjoy a good read with this new program. Youth chose "The Hawthorne Legacy" by Jennifer Barnes and "The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea" by Axie Oh. Participants receive the book, bookmark and tote bag. 

Date Time
1/18/24 5:30pm-6:30pm
2/15/24 5:30pm-6:30pm
3/21/24 5:30pm-6:30pm
4/18/24 5:30pm-6:30pm
5/16/24 5:30pm-6:30pm

Snap* Snap* Come join our wonderful photography class to learn the basics about taking photos and using a camera effectively. With this class, you can start building your own portfolio. No experience is needed and cameras are available for you to use during the workshops. Teens who participate throughout the year may have their work shown for the end of year celebration called In Focus: A Digital Photography Exhibit in May. Throughout the year there will be fun field trips so youth can capture different scenery, animals, etc. Classes with field trips will have a * next to the time.

At times we have guests such as the Palm Beach Photographic Centre who instruct a special workshop for the teens. In 2024 Ms. Carr from Monee Film Fotos Inc. will be joining us and sharing her professional expertise to guide the teens. Those dates have one hour sessions with her and then teens have time to individually work on there photos in preparation for the exhibit.

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Date Time
1/17/24 3:30pm-4:30pm
1/24/24 3:30pm-5:30pm*
1/31/24 3:30pm-4:30pm
2/21/24 3:30pm-4:30pm
3/13/24 3:30pm-4:30pm
3/20/24 3:30pm-5:30pm*
4/17/24 3:30pm-4:30pm
4/24/24 3:30pm-5:30pm*

Artistic Touch 

Tired of drawing stick figures, making macaroni art, and lame picture frames? In this program you will get an opportunity to tap into your inner artist by expanding on your creativity and exercising that artistic muscle. Graphite Drawing, Acrylic Painting, Candle-Making projects and whatever else you want to be better at. Nothing is off-limits to your imagination.

Teens painting colorful images

Date Time
1/25/24 5:30pm-6:30pm
2/22/24 5:30pm-6:30pm
4/25/24 5:30pm-6:30pm
5/23/24 5:30pm-6:30pm

Cooking with the Chef

Do you like being creative with food and making a delicious meal? We have cookbooks and a kitchen available to teens to make some wonderful food. They will also learn how to keep their cooking area sanitary and work as a team.


In 2024 we welcome Alicia Garcia from Project Flourish who will be leading classes once a month. This is limited to 10 teens and based off the following: good grades, behavior and attendance. 

Date Time Topic
1/19/24 3:30pm-5:00pm Frutopia
2/2/24 3:30pm-5:00pm TBD
2/16/24 3:30pm-5:00pm Dumpling Fest
3/1/24 3:30pm-5:00pm TBD
3/15/24 3:30pm-5:00pm Garden Harvest Bowl
4/5/24 3:30pm-5:00pm TBD
4/19/24 3:30pm-5:00pm Greenhouse Bakeshop
5/3/24 3:30pm-5:00pm TBD
5/17/24 3:30pm-5:00pm Bath & Body Gone Green

Teen cooking - mixing their deliciousness in a bowl and scooping onto a pan


Men2Boys

This is a wonderful program that we host whose mission is to provide Group Mentoring and "Teen Coaching" to boys in the community. They focus on topics such as smart decisions and discovering their purpose. Learn more about the Men2Boys program.

Coach Dunn Mentor sitting at table with teen boys

Date Time
1/8/24 4:00pm-5:00pm
1/29/24 4:00pm-5:00pm
2/5/24 4:00pm-5:00pm
2/12/24 4:00pm-5:00pm
2/26/24 4:00pm-5:00pm
3/4/24 4:00pm-5:00pm
3/11/24 4:00pm-5:00pm
3/18/24 4:00pm-5:00pm
4/1/24 4:00pm-5:00pm
4/8/24 4:00pm-5:00pm
4/15/24 4:00pm-5:00pm
4/22/24 4:00pm-5:00pm
4/29/24 4:00pm-5:00pm
5/6/24 4:00pm-5:00pm
5/13/24 4:00pm-5:00pm
5/20/24 4:00pm-5:00pm

Gardening

The Teen Center is equipped with two raised garden beds and supplies for a fruitful season of growing. We hope to keep the iguanas at bay and the plants growing this upcoming season. Join us as we start a new season of planting. Community service is available for teens who help weed, water and care for the plants.

Youth planting in garden

Date
1/22/24
3/22/24
4/10/24

This is Lele Art Lab's youth enrichment program. A multidisciplinary platform engaging teens in ocean issues and stewardship alongside career-connected S.T.E.M. mentorship. The goal is to provide youth with the opportunity to transform the science learning journey into environment action. Students train as citizen scientists and as a result, in the words of a teen student "science is so cool". 

Open House will be at the Hillsboro Community Center on Friday, January 12, 2024 from 3:30pm-5:30pm. On World Ocean Day Saturday, June 8, 2024 youth will have an Art Show on the beach and Graduation at Hillsboro as well. Please note all waivers must be signed to participate by a parent or a legal guardian. Schedule for art days is below followed by a field trip schedule. Both schedules are subject to changes.

We are excited to share that Sea Lab is a winner of the Youth Garden Grant this 2024! The teens will create an Ocean Friendly Garden together while learning about Conservation, Permeability, and Retention. Once completed the Surf Rider Organization will stop by to see if it meets the Ocean Friendly Gardens guidelines. We look forward to watching our teens work towards this garden certification in the backyard. 

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All classes will be held at the Teen Center 1345 SW 11th Way Deerfield Beach FL 33441.
Date (Tuesdays) Time Topic
2/6/24 3:30pm-5:00pm Wind Chime Mobile
2/13/24 3:30pm-5:00pm Twig Art
2/20/24 3:30pm-5:00pm Sculpture Art
2/27/24 3:30pm-5:00pm Paper Stitching
3/5/24 3:30pm-5:00pm Abstract Trash Sculptures
3/12/24 3:30pm-5:00pm Mosaic Debris Spheres
3/19/24 3:30pm-5:00pm Mosaic Debris Cloth Prints
4/2/24 3:30pm-5:00pm Immersive Ribbon Art Installation
4/9/24 3:30pm-5:00pm PVC Pipes Immersive Ribbon
4/16/24 3:30pm-5:00pm Art DIY frame
4/23/24 3:30pm-5:00pm Water Color Sheet Making
4/30/24 3:30pm-5:00pm Sheet Dye
5/7/24 3:30pm-5:00pm Garden Lab Growing Food with Smoothie Vybe Permaculture Educator
5/14/34 3:30pm-5:00pm Growing Food with Smoothie Vybe Permaculture Educator
5/21/24 3:30pm-5:00pm Immersive Art Show Practice
5/28/24 3:30pm-5:00pm Color Stripe Making
6/4/24 3:30pm-5:00pm Last Class Assembly
Field trips are limited to 10-15 teens depending on the field trip. First come first serve as youth submit waivers. Times above do not account for youth arrival times to the Teen Center to get on the bus with gear. Transportation not provided to Quiet Waters Park.
Day Date Time Field Trip
Saturday 2/24/24 9:00am-12:00pm Phil Foster Park for Beach Clean Up & Waist Snorkel Experience
Thursday 2/29/24 3:45pm-5:00pm Hugh Taylor Birch Tree Park for Guided Eco Kayak Session
Saturday 3/2/24 9:00am-12:00pm Youth Environmental Alliance (YEA) at Quiet Waters Park "Park Restoration" 
Saturday 3/16/24 9:00am-12:00pm Everglades Swamp Walk
Saturday 4/20/24 9:00am-1:00pm Marine Lab Key West
Saturday 5/4/24 9:00am-1:00pm Paddle Boarding Guided Lesson
Friday 5/24/24 3:45pm-5:00pm Museum Experiences at MODS Imax Movie

Community Service

Youth are also welcome to assist in special events throughout the year including the Haunted Arboretum as scare actors. If you are a community organization interested in being a volunteer site, please contact us with details of the service opportunity.

Dec2022 Volunteering

Teens stocking food on shelves for community service