Teen Programs

About Teen Programs

We have a variety of great programs for teens including technology training, free wifi and computer access, jobs, service learning volunteer opportunities, hikes, trips, sports, and more! Check out our offerings below.

Apply for Jobs!

Seattle Parks and Recreation has programs that pay their participants throughout the year. For some programs, service hours are also available. The number of positions is dependent on grant funding for many of these programs. Each program has a different scope, schedule, and requirements. Please use the contact information within each program description for any questions. All programs are inclusive! See more on our jobs page.

Service Learning

Seattle Parks and Recreation has a wide range of service-learning and community service opportunities in your neighborhoods. Please consult your counselor or teacher at your school to find what the requirements are for your respective school and have the project approved. Youth are responsible for supplying the appropriate paperwork to document service-learning and community service hours. See more on our Service Learning page.

O2 - Outdoor Activities

Outdoor Opportunities is an outdoor expedition program designed to expose multi-ethnic teens (ages: 14-19) to environmental education, urban conservation, and stewardship. We strive to create an environment for community leadership and empowerment via workshops, service projects and outdoor excursions, all of which are free for our students. Visit our O2 page for more information.

RecTech

RecTech provides consistent, positive, and productive activities after school including tutoring, internships, and technology workshops to help youth become engaged members of the community. For more information visit the RecTech blog at rectech.seattle.gov.

Teen Life Centers and Late Night Programs

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. Late Night programs are for ages 13 - 19 only.

Garfield Teen Life Center

Phone: (206) 684-4550
Address: 428 23rd Ave, 98122
Garfield Teen Life Center Facebook 

Monday - Thursday 2:30 - 8 p.m.
Friday 2:30 p.m. - Midnight
Saturday 7 p.m. - Midnight

Meadowbrook Teen Life Center

Phone: (206) 684-7523
Address:
10750 30th Ave NE, 98125

Tuesday - Thursday 2:30 - 8 p.m.
Friday 2:30 p.m. - Midnight
Saturday 7 p.m. - Midnight

Southwest Teen Life Center

Phone: (206) 684-7438 or (206) 684-4115
Address: 2801 SW Thistle St, 98126
Southwest Teen Life Center Facebook 

Tuesday - Thursday 2:30 - 8 p.m.
Friday 2:30 p.m. - Midnight
Saturday 7 p.m. - Midnight

Late Night Programs

Fri and Sat Nights 7 p.m. - Midnight

Late Night is a safe and supportive environment for teens ages 13-19. This recreation based program is held on Fridays and Saturday evenings from 7 p.m.-12 a.m. with a focus on positive teen interactions and engagement where all teens are welcomed. The Late Night Program is aligned and supportive of the city’s Race and Social Equity framework, including education and employment readiness programs. Come to your local Late Night and explore more of what we have to offer! Download the Late Night Program History document for background information about this program.

Bitter Lake Community Center
13035 Linden Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133
(206) 684-7524
Fri & Sat 7 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Garfield Teen Life Center
428 23rd Ave
Seattle, WA 98114
(206) 684-4550
Fri & Sat 7 p.m. - 12 a.m.

High Point Community Center
6920 34th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98126
(206) 684-7422
Fri ONLY 7 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Meadowbrook Teen Life Center
10517 35th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125
(206) 684-7523
Fri & Sat 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Rainier Beach Community Center
8825 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 386-1925
Fri & Sat 7 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Rainier Community Center
4600 38th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 386-1925
Fri & Sat 7 p.m. - 12 a.m.

South Park Community Center
8319 8th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 684-7438
Fri 7 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Southwest Teen Life Center
2801 SW Thistle St
Seattle, WA 98126
(206) 684-4115
Fri & Sat 7 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Van Asselt Community Center
2820 S Myrtle St
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 386-1921
Sat ONLY 7 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Great Night Program

Fri and Sat Nights 7 p.m. - Midnight

Great Night is a safe and supportive environment for young adults ages 19 and up. This recreation based program is held on Fridays and Saturday evenings from 7 p.m.-12 a.m. with a focus on job and life skills. The Great Night Program is aligned and supportive of the city’s Race and Social Equity framework, including education and employment readiness programs. Come to your local Great Night and explore more of what we have to offer!

Jefferson Community Center
3801 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 684-7481
Fri & Sat 7 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Current Openings

Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR)

YPAR is a project-based program for high-school students ages 14-19. We will explore important social justice questions, do community-based research and then build a social justice campaign in response to what we learn. We will:

  • Build strong relationships with local organizations
  • Learn how to do community-based research
  • Empower youth voice and decision-making
  • Stretch our critical thinking
  • Practice important organizing and planning skills
  • Have fun with art, music, community-building events, games and trips along the way 

The program will meet at Garfield Teen Life Center (428 23rd Ave, 98122) with priority given to youth who live or go to school in the Central District, but applications are open to all. Participants who complete the program will receive a $599 stipend and some service hours.

The deadline for applications is: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by 5 pm (in hand and not postmarked by)

Download the YPAR application.

Youth Career Training Program

In an ever changing job market having the skills necessary to compete becomes increasingly important. Teens and young adults are at the greatest disadvantage for entering the workforce after getting out of school. YCTP works to engage youth before they graduate to develop their critical thinking and technical skills to prepare them for the 21st Century job market. Internships are available for youth ages 14 - 19 years old in fields such as athletics, fashion design, digital media, and cooking. Available internships change depending on the quarter with the majority being offered during the summer. Interested youth should request an application from the YCTP coordinator by emailing Monique Calderon at Monique.Calderon@seattle.gov or calling 206-225-0082. Applicants will be contacted about possible internship opportunities based on their skills and interests outlined in their application packet.

The deadline for summer YCTP program applications has passed. Please check back later for fall program dates.

2017 Race: The Power of an Illusion Training Dates

All classes run from 10 am - 6 pm. In order to register please email Monique Calderon at monique.calderon@seattle.gov or call 206-225-0082. Please include the participant's name, phone number and email address.  

Student Teen Employment Preparation - STEP

STEP is a project-based job readiness program that has teams of high school students ages 14-19 addressing a community need. STEP incorporates activities and training focused on job readiness soft skills, life skills, and leadership.

Participants involved in this intensive summer program will learn about issues affecting their communities and then design their own project to take action.  Teams of youth will learn about environmental and social justice issues.

As part of a team, participants will work collaboratively while gaining leadership and pre-employment skills.

  • Meet new friends and network with mentors in the community
  • Work collaboratively on a team
  • Gain leadership, life, and pre-employment skills
  • Take fun field trips around the city and in nature

You must successfully complete 120 program hours to be eligible for a $599 stipend. *This is an inclusive program, students in Transition programs qualify to apply.

Questions? Please contact: teen.programs@seattle.gov. The deadline for the 2017 Summer STEP program has passed. Please check back later for future STEP Program application dates or sign-up for the email distribution list to the right.

YES! Youth Engaged in Service

YES is a job readiness and leadership development program for youth ages 13-18 that will connect you to a broad range of service and training opportunities preparing you for the working world. You will be placed with an adult mentor at a Parks and Recreation site such as a park or community center. You can earn service hours for your high school graduation requirement and receive a stipend of $150.

Questions? Please contact: teen.programs@seattle.gov. The deadline for the 2017 Summer YES program has passed. Please check back later for future YES Program application dates or sign-up for the email distribution list to the right.

Summer of Service (SOS)

The SOS program is for students entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade in Fall 2017. The SOS program will help you make a difference in your community while gaining leadership and work skills. Participants will collaborate on a team-based project and learn about the natural environment.

Participants involved in this intensive summer program will learn about issues affecting their communities and then design their own project to take action.  Teams of youth will learn about environmental and social justice issues.

As part of a team, participants will work collaboratively while gaining leadership and pre-employment skills.

  • Meet new friends and network with mentors in the community
  • Work collaboratively on a team
  • Gain leadership, life, and pre-employment skills
  • Take fun field trips around the city and in nature

Upon completion of SOS, you will receive a $150 stipend. Students entering 9th grade in the fall can also accumulate 15 hours of community service towards their high school graduation requirement.

Questions? Please contact: teen.programs@seattle.gov. The deadline for the 2017 SOS program has passed. Please check back later for future SOS Program application dates or sign-up for the email distribution list to the right.

Seattle Public Library Student Assistant Program

The Student Assistant Program is an exciting opportunity for teens and young adults to gain job experience, develop new skills, and work with a diverse group of people at the public library. While attending school, Student Assistants work between 12 and 15 hours per week at the Central Library or one of 26 Library branch locations. For more teen jobs with the Seattle Public Library, check out their teen jobs site.

Basketball Scorers and Timers

During basketball season (Fall-Winter), starting as early as October, community centers look for scorers and timers. Candidates must attend a mandatory training and need to be able to work on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from the months of January through March. Basketball officials make $20 an hour to start. Scorers and timers are paid on a site by site basis. If you are interested, please ask at your local community center.

Seattle Goodwill

Seattle Goodwill offers some amazing things - job training, education, GED prep, career pathways, and cashiering/customer service/computer/retail classes. Check them out on their website or call 206-329-1000 or email goodwill@seattlegoodwill.org.