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."
Hours of Operation during the school year:
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
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 😜 ). 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 13 - 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.
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!
We connected with Darius Daughtry who founded the not-for-profit 501(c)3 Art Prevails Project. It provides engaging and authentic artistic and cultural experiences through performance and education. Youth receive a composition book and provided guidance to create poetry with the instructor Mr. Peter.
Check mate! Join this new club with instructor Otis Wilson, the USCF National Chess Master. Game boards available for use and no experience needed. Curriculum includes piece movements, rules, opening principles, terminology, notation and chess etiquette. We also encourage youth who participate to attend the Mayor's Chess Challenge on December 9th from 10am-12pm at the Hillsboro Community Center.
Yoga for Teens
Provided by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) project "Resources, Service and Intervention for Youth & Families" to support Mental Health. We have invited Yoga4Change to provide a series for teens. This is a nonprofit organization that fosters holistic wellbeing, resilience, and transformation for individuals and communities through evidence-based-trauma informed curricula. Components include grounding mindfulness practice and that allows youth to focus on their breath, emotions and feelings in a healthy and positive way. The outcomes youth can achieve include healthy coping tools to increase mood and decrease levels of stress and anxiety, develop social and emotional competencies to integrate into daily life pressures, etc.
We welcome DBHS math teacher Ms. Reanna Boodoo 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.
|9/5/23 and 9/7/23||3:30pm-5:30pm|
|9/12/23 and 9/14/23||3:30pm-5:30pm|
|9/19/23 and 9/21/23||3:30pm-5:30pm|
|9/26/23 and 9/28/23||3:30pm-5:30pm|
|10/10/23 and 10/12/23||3:30pm-5:30pm|
|10/17/23 and 10/19/23||3:30pm-5:30pm|
|11/14/23 and 11/16/23||3:30pm-5:30pm|
|11/28/23 and 11/30/23||3:30pm-5:30pm|
In collaboration with Surf, Skate, Science and led by their Director of Fun, Ulises Frallicciardi. This school year youth will be able to learn the basics, tricks and new ramps will be on the basketball court where the lessons take place. Helmets and skateboards provided during class while supplies last. Teen Center members will have the opportunity to also design a skateboard with Uli.
|9/8/23 *rainy day make-up||10:00am-12:00pm|
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.
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. This exhibition will be held at the Teen Center and is open to the public in May. Throughout the year there will be fun field trips so youth can capture different scenery, animals, etc. and this year the Palm Beach Photographic Centre will lead a special workshop on August 31, 2023 at 3:30pm!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|2/6/24||3:30pm-5:00pm||Wind Chime Mobile|
|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 Installation - PVC Pipes|
|4/23/24||3:30pm-5:00pm||Water Color Sheet Making|
|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|
|2/24/24||TBD||Phil Foster Park for Beach Clean Up & Snorkel Experience|
|2/29/24||TBD||Hugh Taylor Birch Tree Park Kayak Session|
|3/2/24||TBD||Youth Environmental Alliance (YEA) at Quiet Waters Park|
|3/8/24||TBD||Art Studio at Migos Ceramic Studio|
|4/20/24||TBD||Marine Lab Key West|
|5/4/24||TBD||Paddle Boarding Guided Lesson|
|5/24/24||TBD||Museum Experiences at MODS Imax Movie|
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.
American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for the Parks & Recreation Department:
Resources, Services, and Interventions for Youth & Families
The purpose of this project is to provide monthly events and summits to support mental health in the community. Below are the activities, and we are pleased to share there will be another summit in 2023! If you are a non-profit, therapist or other professionals in the mental health field and would like to participate, please contact the Teen Center.
|05/7/22||Ignite||Lynn Shaw||CEO of Lynn Shaw Group and Keynote Speaker||Resource Fair, Community Service Project, Teen Art Contest Winners Display, Keynote Speaker, Dance, Dinner, Raffle Prizes||DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel|
|08/26/22||Express Your Feelings Through Color|
|Gabriela Gamperl||Certified International Art4Healing Facilitator||Did you know expressing your feelings through the creative process of painting can be therapeutic and healing? The workshops are designed to assist those living with emotional pain, illness, grief, fear or stress. ||Highlands Community Center|
|08/27/22||Express Your Feelings Through Color|
|Gabriela Gamperl||Certified International Art4Healing Facilitator||Same as above.||Highlands Community Center|
|10/06/22||Back to School Starter Kit: How to Navigate Relationships & Tough Conversations||Deseray Wilson, LMHC Founder and Clinical Director of Anxious Black Girls||Anxious Black Girls||Workshop covers the following: identifying and naming emotions, common stressors during this time of the year, communication skills, important relationships in your life, how to navigate asking for what you need, and boundary setting.||Highlands Community Center|
|10/08/22||Teen Yoga Night: Halloween Edition||Yaneilys Amador, RYT200 Trauma-Informed Yoga Instructor and Mental Health Advocate from Yoga4Change||Yoga4Change||Curriculum includes thematic teachings like gratitude, forgiveness, self-acceptance, vulnerability, and expectations. The class also includes “physical and mental health resources such as yoga shapes, breathing exercises and mindfulness practices. ||Highlands Community Center|
|11/04/22||Forest Bathing||Donna Mansbart, Certified Forest Therapy Guide (Shinrin-Yoku)||Forest bathing is beneficial to physiological, mental, and emotional health. A walk can engage the Parasympathetic nervous system to relax our bodies, lower cortisol levels and boost our immune system, improve sleep, and lower blood pressure. ||Arboretum at Constitution Park|
|12/09/22||Self-Care Friday||Altheresa Clark, MSW, LCSW, Founder & CEO of Inspire4Purpose, LLC||Inspire4Purpose||Youth will explore self-care tips, learn techniques to increase overall mental health, and build a self-care plan through exciting activities||Hillsboro Community Center|
|01/27/23||Stress Management Friday||Althersa Clark, MSW, LCSW, Founder & CEO of Inspire4Purpose,|
|Inspire4Purpose||This workshop helps participants realize what stress is, increase their capacity to cope successfully with stress, understand the importance of mindfulness and discover solutions to managing stress||Hillsboro Community Center|
|02/10/23||Storytelling||Oliver Campbell, Storyteller||Mr. Campbell will tell the four following stories: "Bark George", "Sody Sallyratus", "Brer Possum and the Snake" from the book "Sure as Sunrise", "The Rainbow Fish" and "Too Much Noise". Two books will be provided to each Kindergarten class: "The Way I Feel" and "Zach Gets Frustrated".||Park Ridge Elementary School|
*Limited to their kindergarten classes
|02/10/23||Empowering EveryBODY||1. Liz Gruber, Ph.D. |
2.Allison Ford, M.S.
|Home for Balance Psychotherapy Group LLC||In light of Eating Disorder Awareness Month, this presentation offers space to reflect on and confront common triggers to negative body image, explore barriers to developing body respect and trust, and learn ways to develop more self-compassion and appreciation of your body. You will also learn signs of when you, a friend, or a loved one might benefit from speaking to a mental health professional and how to go about finding help.||Teen Center|
|02/24/23||What Lies Underneath?||Cassidy Ferguson, APC and CEO||Messin With My Mental||A workshop dedicated to learning ways to cope with anger. Are you struggling with anger? Do you experience anger and sometimes don't understand why? Come join us! We will create "Anger Volcanoes" to help illustrate what triggers anger, how it explodes, and ways to cope with angry feelings including: relaxation, distraction and grounding skills.||Hillsboro Community Center|
|03/27/23||Self-Care||Dre' Johnson, LCSW||Self-care is the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one's own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress. Interactive icebreaker and engaging presentation for teens!||Teen Center|
|4/5/23||Communication||Ostin Celestin, ||Insight 180 Counseling||Helps young people create a space to discuss to have healthy and productive conversations about problematic issues and concerns with parents, coaches, etc.||Teen Center|
|04/28/23||Self-Esteem & Stigma||Daryl Campbell, LCSW, Therapist and Founder of Voice Unplugged||Voice Unplugged||Self-care is the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one's health and taking an active role in protecting one's well-being and happiness, particularly during stress. You won't want to miss this engaging opportunity with Daryl!||Hillsboro Community Center|