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The Teen Center is located within easy walking distance of Manhattan Beach Middle School at the Manhattan Heights Community Center. Programs are designed especially for 6th through 8th grade teens (ages 11 to 14) who reside or attend school in the City of Manhattan Beach. Although it is a drop-in, noncustodial program, participants are required to sign in and out upon arrival and departure.
The Teen Center consists of two adjoining rooms in the Manhattan Heights Community Center which are set aside exclusively for teen activities. The rooms, designed primarily by the teens themselves, provide a fun, supportive, and friendly atmosphere that helps teens wind down after school and have some fun. There are couches to lounge on, a sound system, TVs and video games, arts and crafts, basketball, volleyball, rock climbing wall, ping pong, billiards, foosball, Xbox Kinect, PlayStation 4, retro arcade games, Nintendo Wii U, movies and more! Other options include equipment for dozens of outdoor and indoor sports and activities. The environment is conducive to self-expression and individuality and provides teens with understanding and caring guidance.
Teen Center Mission Statement:
To provide Manhattan Beach teens with a positive recreational experience through activities and programs that enhances their physical, mental and social well-being.
School Year Program/Vacation Camps:
The Teen Center School Year Program is a drop-in after school program open to all 6th through 9th grade students who reside in Manhattan Beach, attend a Manhattan Beach School, or whose parents work in Manhattan Beach. The School Year Program operates from August through June, concurrent to the Manhattan Beach Unified School District Schedule and is open most school holidays and teacher in-service days. Program hours are 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday. The Teen Center attracts 50 to 60 teens per day. The daily program generally includes free time, drop-in activities (basketball, ping-pong, pool table, foosball, video games, etc.), arts and crafts, organized team and individual games, and special events (cooking days, movie days, barbecues, etc.) Scheduled trips and special events such as amusement park visits, sporting events, snowboard/ski trips and concerts often take place on Friday evenings and weekends. The School Year Program also includes Vacation Camps during Fall, Winter, Ski Week and Spring school breaks. During the Vacation Camps, the Teen Center is open 7:15 AM to 6:00 PM.
The Manhattan Beach Teen Center School Year program began with the development of the Teen Center in 1989. The Teen Center has year-round dedicated space in the Manhattan Heights Community Center and utilizes all available fields and facilities for games and activities.
How to Register:
Registration membership is required for participation in the Teen Center School Year Program. Participants may register via the City’s online registration website or in person at the Parks and Recreation Department located in Manhattan Beach City Hall, 1400 Highland Avenue. No program or event registration forms or payments will be accepted at the Teen Center.
Manhattan Beach Residents: A yearly membership fee is required as part of the registration process. This cost covers membership into the Teen Center School Year Program and includes the Vacation Camps for Fall Break, Winter Break, Ski Week and Spring Break (Summer Camp is an additional fee and separate registration process). Additional costs for trips, special activities, and some special events are not included in the fee. Events with additional costs will be advertised well in advance.
Non-Manhattan Beach Residents: May register for individual weekly Vacation Camps and Summer Camp. Additional costs for trips, special activities, and some special events are not included in the fee. Events with additional costs will be advertised well in advance.
Teen Center Expectations
These rules apply for all Teen Center events, trips, and activities:
- Keep the Teen Center safe and fun. Be courteous and respectful; be helpful; be nice to others; use only kind words.
- Keep the Teen Center clean. If you make a mess, clean it up. Put away the things (games, balls, crafts, etc.) that you play with.
- Keep the Teen Center green. Be healthy; pick up your trash and the trash you see on the ground. Recycle.
- Respect and obey all adults; including and especially recreation Leaders, parents and volunteers.
- Remain in assigned areas. Never be in an area where no leader is present.
- Take care of Teen Center property and equipment. Treat it as if it were your own.
- Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself.
- Use common sense. If you think there is a chance that you or someone else might get hurt, DON’T DO IT!
- NO rough housing, horse play, or fighting. Includes: pulling, shoving, pushing, wrestling, pining or hanging on to others.
- NO throwing rocks, sand or other unsafe items.
- NO profanity.
- Toys or items that do not contribute to a safe Teen Center environment.
- Seek help from a Leader if you’re having a problem with another teen.
Late Pick-Up Policy and Procedure
These are the procedures and arrangements are to be followed when a parent or guardian is late picking up their teen from the Teen Center. A late fee will be charged beginning at one (1) minute past closing time. The late fee is $10 per teen for every ten-minute interval or portion thereof that the teens remains with staff after closing. The clock at the Teen Center site is used to determine the time.
If a teen is picked up late on three (3) occasions, it will be grounds for suspension from Teen Center until arrangements can be made to ensure that the Teen is picked up on-time thereafter.
Payment of late fees may be in the form of cash or a check payable to the City of Manhattan Beach, with “Teen Center” specified in the memo. A receipt will be issued for all late fee payments. If payment is not submitted at the time of the late pick up, it must be submitted the next morning at arrival. The teen may not return to camp until the payment is made in full.
If a teen has not been picked up by thirty (30) minutes past closing time and there is no answer on any of the phone numbers listed for that teen, the Manhattan Beach Police Department will be contacted, as required and instructed by the Department of Social Services. The number for the Police Department front desk is (310) 802-5140 and Manhattan Beach Dispatch can be reached at (310) 545-4566.
If the staff/supervisors are notified in advance of emergency situations, those circumstances will be taken into consideration on a case-by-case basis.
|AT CLOSING TIME||Have teen attempt to contact parent or guardian. Teen Center staff will call all emergency contact numbers if teen cannot reach their parents/guardians or if parents/guardians are unavailable. (Confirm with teen that all numbers are current and correct.)|
|1 MINUTE PAST CLOSING TIME TO 10 MINUTES PAST CLOSING TIME
||A $10 fee per teen will be charged to the parent or guardian that picks-up the teen.
|11 MINUTES PAST CLOSING TIME TO 20 MINUTES PAST CLOSING TIME
||The fee increases to $20 per teen which will be charged to the parent or guardian that picks-up the teen.
|21 MINUTES PAST CLOSING TIME TO 30 MINUTES PAST CLOSING TIME
The fee increases to $30 per teen which will be charged to the parent or guardian that picks-up the teen
|31 MINUTES PAST CLOSING TIME||If there is no answer on any of the phone numbers listed for that teen, the Manhattan Beach Police Department will be contacted, as required and instructed by the Department of Social Services. The number for the Police Department front desk is (310) 802-5140 and Manhattan Beach Dispatch can be reached at (310) 545-4566.|
The many exciting, enriching and unusual activities that the Teen Center conducts are provided, for the most part, by the citizens of Manhattan Beach through their tax dollars. In order to obtain additional equipment and continually develop new activities, the Teen Center does accept donations to help defray some of the cost. Please contact the Teen Center Senior Recreation Leader at (310) 802-5426 if you would like more information or are interested in making a donation. Examples but not limited to gently used couches, video game/arcade equipment, board games, money to purchase supplies, prepackaged snacks, gardening supplies.
Teen Center Program Goals
- To offer a safe, wholesome, recreational program for Manhattan Beach teens.
- To increase community awareness of the Teen Center
- To provide a positive atmosphere
- To promote Health and Wellness
- To promote fun and celebration
Teen Center Program Benefits
- Promote health and wellness
- Strengthen safety and security
- Increase cultural unity
- Provide recreational experiences
- Foster human development
Parks and Recreation makes lives and communities better now and in the future by providing access to:
- The serenity and inspiration of nature
- Outdoor space to play and exercise
- Facilities for self-directed and organized recreation
- Positive alternatives for youth which help lower crime and mischief
- Activities that facilitate social connections, human development, the Arts, and lifelong learning
Juveniles are at the highest risk of being a victim of violence between 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM and the peak hour for juvenile crime is from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM, the first hour after most students are dismissed from school. (statistics from the Center for Safe Youth website)
Teens who do not participate in after school programs are nearly three times more likely to skip classes or use marijuana or other drugs; they are also more likely to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes and engage in sexual activity. (YMCA of the USA, March 2001)
Parents themselves admit to regularly leaving more than 4 million middle school kids under the age of 13 to care for themselves for a few hours each week. (Source: Child Trends)
Lack of adult supervision and participation in self-care for both children and adolescents have been linked to: increased likelihood of accidents, injuries, lower social competence, lower GPAs, lower achievement test scores and greater likelihood of participation in delinquent or other high risk activities such as experimentation with alcohol, tobacco, drugs and sex.