Redwood City Offers Exciting Youth and Teen Programs

Youth and Teens — did you know the City of Redwood City offers tons of opportunities and programs tailored to you? Aside from the fabulous classes found in our activity guide we also have teen centers, volunteer and leadership opportunities and much more. Read on in this blog and then come explore for yourself.

Red Morton Youth Center

Check out our daily activities at the Youth Center! From 3–6 p.m. Monday — Friday and 2–6 p.m. on Thursdays, the Red Morton Youth Center is open for youth and teens ages 10–17. Come solo or with friends to shoot pool, dominate in one or all of our video game tournaments, work on your shot with our Warriors arcade basketball game, or just come to lounge. Change up your “go to” spot and head to the Youth Center!

The Youth Center offers many programs designed to fit your interests and needs. Homework help is provided Monday — Thursday, we also have Movie Mondays, Championship Tuesdays, DIY Wednesdays, Game Day Thursdays and Fabulous Food Fridays. If there is something you would like to see at the Youth Center, suggest it! We’re open to new ideas!

Youth Center membership is just $15 per year (ages 10–15), $40 per year (ages 16–17), or $1 per day drop-in. Go here for a Youth Center membership application.

The Youth Center also offers various enrichment programs such as after school sports, SPOKES — a program for fifth graders that focuses on bicycle safety and maintenance — and GRIND — a program for fifth through eighth graders that teaches skateboard deck design and instruction.

Sandpiper Game Room & Sandpiper Youth Club

Game Room

Live in Redwood Shores? Need a fun place to hang out after school? The Sandpiper Game Room may be the place for you. Spend afternoons playing pool, foosball, video games, using our computer lab or just hanging with friends. The Game Room is open to sixth through eighth graders. Membership includes access to the above mentioned activities, as well as a free slice of pizza on Wednesdays! The Sandpiper Game Room annual membership fee is $25. Go here to register for a membership.

Youth Club

If you want to be to a part of a fun after school club, then the Sandpiper Youth Club is for you! We play games, sports, create crafts, learn life skills, watch movies, have special visitors and more! Children also have homework time during the program.

The Sandpiper Youth Club currently serves children in kindergarten through fifth grade and will also serve children in sixth grade next year due to the expansion of Sandpiper School.

REACH

The REACH program is an extension of the school day at six Redwood City Schools - John Gill, Hawes, Henry Ford, Selby Lane, Fair Oaks and Kennedy. Programs operate based on the school calendar, from the end of school day until 6 p.m. Monday — Friday. REACH offers a vibrant daily curriculum that includes academic enrichment and homework support, science, gardening, fitness activities, community service and life skills.

Library Teen Center

Visit the Teen Center in the Downtown Redwood City Library! We have Alienware computers, a flat screen TV for gaming, TV shows and movies, teen programs, tutors to help with homework, board games and more! Teen programs range from movie marathons and preparing for college to Brunch & Books or Comics & Dinner. The Teen Technology Lab also features workshops on coding, photo and video editing and other tech topics. Check out our calendar to see when programs take place. All teens grades six through 12 are welcome in the center.

Youth & Teen Advisory Boards

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Do you want to work with the community to make a difference? Do you want to discuss teen issues and plan activities for teenagers like yourself?

Redwood City’s Youth and Teen Advisory Boards offer teens a chance to speak up on issues that concern them and their peers. Youth Advisory Board members can be sixth, seventh and eighth graders, while the Teen Advisory Board is for high school students.

The Redwood City Youth and Teen Advisory Board’s purpose is to express the ideas of youth and fill the gap between Redwood City officials and its younger community members.

If you want to be part of a youth and teen group — where you can truly make a difference, please apply to be a board member in September. Until then, you can join us for meetings the first Wednesday of every month during the school year.

For more information on the Youth & Teen Advisory Boards go here.

Library

You can also join the Library’s Teen Advisory Board! Volunteer and learn how to shelve materials, maintain the collection, and help select and run teen programs. For more information on teen volunteer opportunities contact libteenctr@redwoodcity.org.

Project READ

Project READ is a special program where you can give the gift that lasts a lifetime by teaching someone to read! Project READ’s innovative intergenerational programs bring literacy through one-on-one tutoring to the adults, youth and families in our community. Adults, teens and preteens are welcome to volunteer as tutors or event support. Fifteen hours of training will be provided to those who wish to serve. For more information on Project READ go here or contact rclread@redwoodcity.org.

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