Youth to lead 11th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. march on Jan. 16

Teens brave the weather during the 2014 MLK march.

Teens brave the weather during the 2014 MLK march.

Event flyerSeattle Parks and Recreation invites the public to join a youth-organized march to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Saturday, Jan. 16. Participants will gather at 11 a.m. at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park, 2200 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, 98144. Teens will lead the march to Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S, 98118.

This is Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Teen Program’s 11th annual youth march. Teens from throughout the city will speak out against injustice via a peaceful demonstration. The goal for the march is to celebrate the contributions Seattle youth make in creating a better city and to honor the work that youth do to keep Dr. King’s dream alive every day. [Read more…]

Teens help seniors become tech-savvy

A Cyber Senior mentor and graduate at graduation.

A Cyber Senior mentor and graduate at graduation.

In December 2015, Seattle Parks and Recreation, in partnership with Group Health and Ageis Living, hosted its first graduation for tech-savvy seniors.

Cyber Seniors Graduation

This year, Group Health and Ageis Living approached Seattle Parks and Recreation to help launch the Cyber Seniors program aiming to bridge the generation gap when it comes to technology education. Teens at Garfield Teen Life Center mentored seniors on how to use a computer or smart device independently. The program empowered students and provided seniors with tools to safely engage online and interact with peers and family. At the end of the six-week program, the seniors were able to send emails, complete Google searches, Skype, text, use Facebook and many other applications and the youth experienced being valuable leaders in their community.

The Cyber Seniors program will hold additional sessions in 2016. For more information, please call Garfield Teen Life Center at 206-684-4550.

Teens host blanket and winter clothing drive

206 Forward-Blanket Drive

A note from Seattle Park and Recreation teens

We are 206 Forward: Youth Advocates of Seattle. Our program invites teens across the city to promote youth advocacy and have their voices heard as well as give back to the community. Our latest project is to start a blanket drive to collect blankets and warm clothes for the homeless people in Seattle. You can help us by donating any blankets and warm clothes. We have drop off boxes at the Jefferson, Rainier (in the teen room), Rainier Beach and Van Asselt community centers as well as at the Dexter Administration Building and will be taking donations until Dec.1, 2015.  We appreciate the help the Seattle Parks and Recreation community can provide to this cause!

Celebrate a Week Without Violence Oct. 16-23

Seattle Parks and Recreation Citywide Young Adults Program  invites youth and teens between the ages of 12 and 19 to participate in annual Week Without Violence Events. This year’s Week Without Violence will be celebrated October 16-23. This week gives youth a chance to express their feelings about violence in their community and engage in a safe environment through free recreation programs and activities but all members of the public are welcome to attend.

Week Without Violence will kick off on Friday Oct. 16 from 6-9 p.m.at Bitter Lake Community Center. Activities will include a Top Teen Chef Competition, music, a youth resource fair and food. Bitter Lake Community Center is located at 13035 Linden Ave N. [Read more…]

Summer Drills and Skills program schools 90+ youth

Summer Drills and Skills participants at Bitter Lake Community Center

Summer Drills and Skills participants at Bitter Lake Community Center

Bitter Lake Community Center teamed up with the Aaron Brooks Foundation again this summer to serve more than 90 youth between the ages of 8-19 in the Drills and Skills program. The Drills and Skills program connects with students’ recreational interests while also engaging them in structured, curriculum-based activities to gain successful life skills.  It empowers youth to become successful citizens by providing a safe, nurturing environment where they will develop their academic, social and leadership skills.

Summer Drills and Skills participants at Bitter Lake Community Center

Drills and Skills is also offered at Bitter Lake Community Center for free during the school year (Mondays from 3-7 p.m.), historically serving upwards of 50 youth.  This fall, the program will also expand to four new sites, Garfield, Yesler, Rainier Beach, and Van Asselt community centers. To register, visit https://class.seattle.gov/parks/Start/start.asp.

Summer Drills and Skills participants at Bitter Lake Community Center

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Summer Drills and Skills participants at Bitter Lake Community Center

Summer Drills and Skills participants at Bitter Lake Community Center

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute and Seattle Parks and Recreation present Snow White and the Seven: ‘Each One, Teach One’ a Teen Summer Musical extravaganza

Aug. 20 – 23, 2015, Seattle Repertory Theatre

Teens rehearse for the Teen Summer Musical.

Teens rehearse for the Teen Summer Musical.

The Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) and Seattle Parks and Recreation present the Teen Summer Musical (TSM) extravaganza, Snow White and the Seven: “Each One, Teach One,” featuring 80 youth ranging from 7-18 years old, Aug. 20 -23 at the Seattle Repertory Theatre (155 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109). Tickets are $8 for youth (12 and under) and $10 for adults.

Seattle Parks and Recreations’ Citywide Teen/Young Adult Programs is committed to impacting the life trajectories of the young people it serves by enhancing the experience they have with recreation programs and related opportunities. Each teen between the ages of 13-18 years old participating in the Teen Summer Musical will receive a stipend of $599 from Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Youth Career Training Program (YCTP) under its Artist-in-Residence training program. Youth will have assigned roles in music, dance, choreography and group ensembles. [Read more…]

Seattle teens take second in international digital media awards

An image from Seattle teens' winning video collaboration "A Questions is."

An image from Seattle teens’ winning video collaboration “The Questions is.”

Teens at Delridge and Rainier community centers received second place in an international digital media competition as part of the 2015 Adobe Youth Voices awards.

Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) empowers students to develop digital media skills to inspire change in their communities. AYV is a global program that has about 250,000 participating youth from 60 countries. Adobe provides students with access to audio/visual software and mentoring and collaboration opportunities. [Read more…]

Parks’ Late Night program to serve free hot meals to teens

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Late Night Recreation Program will start offering free hot and healthy meals to participants of the Late Night Program beginning in September 2015. The Late Night program serves teens ages 13-19.

Meals will be provided at the sites listed below:

  • Garfield Teen Life Center, Friday and Saturday 8-9:30 p.m.
  • Rainier Community Center, Friday and Saturday 8-9:30 p.m.
  • Rainier Beach Community Center, Friday and Saturday 8-9:30 p.m.
  • Van Asselt Community Center, Saturday 8-9:30 p.m.
  • High Point Community Center, Friday 8-9:30 p.m.
  • South Park Community Center, Friday 8-9:30 p.m.
  • Southwest Teen Life Center, Friday and Saturday 8-9:30 p.m.

[Read more…]

Performing arts program supports LGBTQ youth of color on June 10

2015 Spring Bearing Witness Showcase - small 2Seattle Parks and Recreation in partnership with the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute invite the community to the “Bearing Witness” showcase featuring performances by LGBTQ youth of Color and their friends, on Wednesday, June 10 at 7 p.m., (doors open at 6:45 p.m.). Langston Hughes Performing Art Institute is located at 104 17th Ave. S at E Yesler Way in Seattle. Attendance is free, and the show is about 90 minutes.

The showcase will feature performances by local Queer Youth of Color and Allies sharing their stories and exploring their art, creating space and opening a door for discussion and awareness in the community. More than a dozen youth will be performing in a variety of performing arts disciplines.  [Read more…]

Seattle Parks Mock Trial team heads to championships

groupThe Jefferson Community Center Mock Trial team is headed to the state championship competition March 27-29 in Olympia!

Jean Lee, bottom left, with her Mock Trial teens.

Jean Lee, bottom left, with her Mock Trial teens.

In a series of events between Feb. 26 and March 2, the team competed against 17 other teams for a spot in the finals. The top eight teams advanced.

The teens have been preparing their case all year. This year’s fictional case asked participants to both prosecute and defend charges of official misconduct and computer trespass. The Jefferson Community Center program aims to familiarize all team members with the law system and their rights as a citizen. Students receive community service hours for each practice they attend.

The High School Mock Trials are a program of YMCA Youth & Government. Besides the YMCA, the program is supported by various lawyers, judges, associations and hundreds of volunteer hours.

The competition was presided over by 20 King County Superior Court Judges and was scored by more than 60 volunteer lawyers.

The Jefferson Community Center team is coached by Seattle Parks Recreation Leader Jean Lee. It is the only team in King County not associated with a school.