The Youth Center facility offers a safe and comfortable environment for teens to interact with one another and qualified staff members. The Youth Center is open to all youth ages 11-18 or in 5th-12th grades. Those in 5th and 6th grades are welcome to attend weeknights from 3:00-6:00pm. Teens in 7th through 12th grades are welcome to attend the Center during all open hours. Parents are always welcome to visit the Center or spend time volunteering with us.
Here’s a brief listing of the programs and services we offer:
- A structured environment with nightly activities
- Informal counseling and referrals to local agencies
- Nutritious snacks and dinners
- Volunteer opportunities
- Recreational games
- Homework help
In addition to the nightly programs we also have a number of seasonal offerings including our holiday dinners, prom dress giveaway program, community garden and field trips.
Our staff work hard to ensure that we offer something for everyone at the Youth Center. Many of the ideas for our programs come from teens and their parents. If you have an idea for a program or event that you would like to see offered in Cortland please share it with us. We strive to offer relevant and exciting programming for all youth in our community.