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Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Seattle Parks and Recreation hosts Youth Forum

12/4/2012  8:15:00 AM

Seattle Parks and Recreation hosts Youth Forum
Teens organize forum to take input on Parks’ programs

Teens who participate in Seattle Parks and Recreation’s youth programs have organized a community youth-led forum to get input from other teens on Seattle Parks and Recreation programs. Teens and parents are invited to attend this event, which will feature small-group discussions in a round-table setting.

The forum will be held on Wednesday, December 5, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the Garfield Teen Life Center, 428 23rd Ave. Teens between the ages of 13 and 19 are invited to attend. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children.

“We want input from those who participate in our programs – and even those who don’t participate in our programs,” said Experiential Learning Coordinator Cindy Sandino-Chang. “We want to talk about what they like, what they don’t like, and what suggestions they have.”

The forum was conceived of by teens, and will be led by teens. Ideas and suggestions from the forum will be implemented in 2013.

Seattle Parks and Recreation offers a wide array of programs and services for teens, including:

  • Late Night: Late Night provides a safe and welcoming place for teens to hang out between the 7 p.m. and midnight on Friday and Saturday evenings. There are 10 different locations throughout the City that offer a variety of programs for each weekend.
  • Community Service: Parks has a range of community service opportunities, which can count toward service-learning requirements for Seattle Public Schools students.
  • Youth employment programs: Programs that give teens work experience and offer paying jobs include Summer of Service (SOS), Student Teen Employment Program (STEP), Youth Engaged in Service (YES), Student Assistant Program (SAP), The Able Teens (TAT), basketball scorers and timers and the Seattle Youth Employment Program (SYEP).
  • Outdoor Opportunities (O2): This outdoor expedition level program is designed to expose multi-ethnic teens to environmental education, urban conservation and stewardship while creating an environment for community leadership and empowerment. The program offers year-round overnight excursions, environmental service-learning projects and weekly workshops.
  • Youth Violence Prevention Program: Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Youth Violence Prevention Program is in partnership with the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI). Parks has three extended-hours sites where the department offers additional program hours outside of other program times. All SYVPI programs are youth-focused and youth-made, and based on civic engagement, employment, arts, education, environment and community capacity building.
  • Teen Life Centers: Seattle Parks and Recreation has three Teen Life Centers that offer a wide array of programming to Seattle area youth, including: special events, Late Night, computer labs, recording studios, cooking classes and much more. The centers are Garfield, Meadowbrook and Southwest.
  • Community Center Teen Programs: All community centers have Recreation Leaders who work with teenagers to create programs that are educational, fun and productive for youth.

For more information about the Youth Forum, contact or call her at (206) 551-7316. To learn more about programs and services for teens, visit our teen portal website.

This press release can be found on Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Parkways Blog.

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