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

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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 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.

the backyard party

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!

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Yoga students on mats in dark room

Snap* Snap* Come join Ms. Lara Pinheiro our wonderful photography instructor to learn the basics about taking photos and using a camera effectively. She will also educate you about important topics such as lighting. 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. 

This class no longer has sessions available. Teens who have participated throughout the year are now preparing for their 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 on Thursday, May 25, 2023 from 6pm-7pm. 

photography class

DJ/Production/Vocalist - POSTPONED

Ever thought about becoming a Disc Jockey, Producer, or Vocalist? Here's your chance to learn the basics of the most advanced techniques in the music industry. We have our very own Party DJ and Music Producer "Kong The DJ" who provides lessons two times a week in our studio.

Concept 2 Creation

Students learn the basic principles of working with embroidery on fabric. You can also learn how to create Logos and Business artwork. Students can do heat transfer with vinyl designs and create custom apparel!

Teen making a shirt using a press


Sound Engineering - POSTPONED

Learn to assemble, operate and maintain technical equipment used to amplify, enhance, mix or produce sound. You will also learn to identify the sound requirements for a given task or situation and perform the appropriate actions to produce the sound.

Equalizer with green, blue, white and red knobs

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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

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.

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.

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Community Service

Every month we go to Gateway Community Outreach in the City of Deerfield Beach. Their mission is to safeguard and protect the most vulnerable community members. They provide intensive case management, including food, housing assistance, and referrals to those in need of emergency aid. Youth assist their staff in organizing the food pantry and ensuring the space is clean. 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

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.

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DateEvent InstructorOrganizationDetailsLocation
05/7/22IgniteLynn ShawCEO of Lynn Shaw Group and Keynote SpeakerResource Fair, Community Service Project, Teen Art Contest Winners Display, Keynote Speaker, Dance, Dinner, Raffle PrizesDoubleTree by Hilton Hotel 
08/26/22Express Your Feelings Through Color
(teen)
Gabriela GamperlCertified International Art4Healing FacilitatorDid 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
08/27/22Express Your Feelings Through Color
(parent/guardian)
Gabriela GamperlCertified International Art4Healing FacilitatorSame as above.Highlands Community Center
10/06/22Back to School Starter Kit: How to Navigate Relationships & Tough ConversationsDeseray Wilson, LMHC Founder and Clinical Director of Anxious Black GirlsAnxious Black GirlsWorkshop 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
10/08/22Teen Yoga Night: Halloween EditionYaneilys Amador, RYT200 Trauma-Informed Yoga Instructor and Mental Health Advocate from Yoga4ChangeYoga4ChangeCurriculum 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
11/04/22Forest BathingDonna 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
12/09/22Self-Care FridayAltheresa Clark, MSW, LCSW, Founder & CEO of Inspire4Purpose, LLCInspire4PurposeYouth will explore self-care tips, learn techniques to increase overall mental health, and build a self-care plan through exciting activities
Hillsboro Community Center
01/27/23Stress Management FridayAlthersa Clark, MSW, LCSW, Founder & CEO of Inspire4Purpose,
LLC
Inspire4PurposeThis 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
02/10/23Storytelling 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
02/10/23Empowering EveryBODY1. Liz Gruber, Ph.D.  

2.Allison Ford, M.S. 
Home for Balance Psychotherapy Group LLCIn 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
02/24/23What Lies Underneath? Cassidy Ferguson, APC and CEOMessin With My MentalA 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
03/27/23Self-CareDre' 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
4/5/23CommunicationOstin Celestin, LMHC, MFT, QS, EMDR, DBT 
Insight 180 CounselingHelps young people create a space to discuss to have healthy and productive conversations about problematic issues and concerns with parents, coaches, etc.Teen Center
04/28/23Self-Esteem & StigmaDaryl Campbell, LCSW, Therapist and Founder of Voice UnpluggedVoice UnpluggedSelf-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

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