Too often, we hear stories about young people only as superstar athletes or violent criminals. Seattle Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a week’s worth of events that recognize the real heroes among our youth—the ones who go to school every day and give it their best, the ones who work hard and study hard, the ones who help out in their community and help their neighbors.
The events take place during the week of March 26-April 2, coinciding with Spring Break for Seattle Public Schools. All activities are free or low cost and open to youth ages 11-18.
Youth Appreciation Week’s All City Main Event takes place on Thursday, April 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Rainier Community Center. This year’s theme is Block Party – April Fools Edition. Activities include games, entertainment, competitions, giveaways, nutrition and fitness awareness, and food.
Schedule of events:
Friday, March 26
Youth Appreciation Free Swim 4:30-5:30 684-7438
Southwest Pool, 2801 SW p.m.
Teen Dinner, Yesler Community Center, 917 E Yesler Way, 5:30 p.m. Contact: Donna, 386-1245
3 on 3 Tournament, Van Asselt Community Center, 2820 S Myrtle St., 5-8 p.m. Contact: Joy, 386-1921
Friday Night Teen Swim, Ballard Pool, 1471 NW 67th St., 7-8 p.m. Teens swim free and receive a FREE slide bracelet by showing
middle or high school photo ID! Contact: Angie, 684-4094.
Saturday, March 27
Yesler Movie and Field Trip, 116:30 a.m. , Yesler Community Center, 917 E Yesler Way. Contact: Donna, 386-1245.
Monday, March 29
Wii/Xbox Festival and Game, Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave. NE, 1 p.m. Contact: Lisa, 684-7534. Come spend the afternoon playing All the Wii and Xbox games you Want! Top dogs can face off in an end-of-day tournament. We’ll have basketball, volleyball, Frisbee golf, ping pong, and FOOD! It’s your time, so come have fun!
Wii Tournament, Rainer Community Center, 8825 Rainier Ave. S, 1-4 p.m. Contact: Derryn 386-1919.
Hip Hop Hoop, Rainier Beach Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. SE, 2-6 p.m. Contact: Cara. 386-1925.
Swimming at Medgar Evers Pool, meet at Montlake Community Center, 1618 E Calhoun, 10 a.m. Contact: Traci, 684-4736. There is a 10-
teen maximum; please be prompt!
Tuesday, March 30
Full Court Basketball “Game Time,” Yesler Community Center, 917 E Yesler Way, 3-6 p.m. Contact: Donna, 386-1245. Pick your squad!
T-Shirt Design and Making, Garfield Community Center, 2323 E Cherry St., 2-4 p.m. Contact: Nikitta, 684-4788.
Hike and Rope Course, Camp Long, 5200 35th Ave. SW, 1-5 p.m. Contact: Lisa, 684-7534. Spend the afternoon exploring the tidepools and hiking trails and exploring the great outdoors! We may just challenge you to a rope course, and we will provide snacks. Please register by March 26. Van leaves from Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center at 12:30 p.m.
Free Teen Swim at Evans Pool, 7291 E Green Lake Dr. N, 7-8 p.m. Contact: Mputela, 684-0780.
Public Swim at Ballard Pool, 1471 NW 67th St., 1:30-3:30 p.m. Contact: Angie, 684-4094. $2.75, $1 for slide use. Relax at the pool
during your break! Use the basketball hoop, diving board, rope swing, and hot tub.
Ice Cream Social, Loyal Heights Community Center, 2101 NW 77th St., 4-6 p.m. Contact: Alexis, 684-4052.
Teen Travel Day, Garfield Community Center, 2323 E Cherry St., 1 p.m. Contact: Van leaves Nikitta, 684-4788. Van leaves at 1 p.m.
King Kong of Ping Pong, Magnolia Community Center, 2550 34th Ave. W, 3:30 p.m. Contact: Raft, 386-4235. An epic day of ping pong; up to 32 people can enter. Prizes include T- shirts, sports paraphernalia, and movie passes!
Movie and Burger Bar at Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. SE, 2-6 p.m. Contact: Cara, 386-1925.
Dodgeball at Hiawatha Community Center, 2700 California Ave. SW, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Contact: Matthew, 684-7451. There’s an 8-team cap, so interested groups should email email@example.com to sign up in advance.
Wednesday, March 31
Pathways: Life After High School Youth Education and Career Fair, The journey to your future begins here. In a time with few jobs and a large workforce pool, what can you do to strengthen your resume and develop your employable skills? Join us and find out what paths lay ahead. Rainier Community Center (4600 38th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118), from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Scavenger Hunt, various north end community centers, 2-5 p.m. Contact: Cindy, 684-7529. Compete in this hunt and win some great prizes. We will hop from center to center, so meet at your center at1:15 p.m. We’ll need an E-13 form for you to ride in the van.
Northgate After Hours, Late Night at Northgate! Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave. NE, 9-11 p.m. Contact : Nick, 386-4283.
Join us for music, snacks, and a Hot Shot competition. Game, Teen, and Fitness Rooms will be open. We’ll need an E-13 Form for you.
Bake-Off at Delridge Community Center, 4501 Delridge Way SW, 1-3 p.m. Contact: Daryl, 684-7423.
Youth Appreciation Week BBQ, Garfield Teen Life Center, 428 23rd Ave., 6:30-8 p.m. Contact: Joy, 684-4550.
‘Nolia Bowl,Magnolia Community Center, 2550 34th Ave. W, 4 p.m. Contact: Raft, 386-4235. Join us for a fun, spirited flag football game
followed by a unity BBQ.
Bowling! Montlake Community Center, 1618 E Calhoun St., 10 a.m. Contact: Traci, 684-4736. There is a 10-teen maximum for this event,
so please be prompt.
Thursday April 1 – No fooling!
Youth appreciation Week Block Party, Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S, 1-4 p.m. Join us for fun activities and a BBQ for Youth Appreciation Week! We’ll need an E-13 form if you want to ride with us. Please call your closest community center: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/centers.asp for transportation and information.
Friday, April 2
3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, Garfield Community Center, 2323 E Cherry St., 3-5 p.m. Contact : Nikitta, 684-4788.
2323 E Cherry St.
Field Day Event, Laurelhurst Community Center, 4554 NE 41st St., 3-5 p.m. Contact: Cindy, 684-7529.