YMCA Teen Center

Community Subscriber
Berkeley
Ages: 
Teens
Capacity: 
200 participants
Email: 
ahuang [at] ymca-cba.org
Phone: 
(510) 542-2120

Located in the heart of Berkeley, the YMCA PG&E Teen Center is a hub that provides teens with programs and opportunities to pursue their educational goals, career ambitions, and leadership skills. We strive to cultivate leaders committed to improving themselves and serving their future communities. Every day, our dedicated team challenges and guides adolescent youth through programming that develops essential skills, prepares them for postsecondary education, explores creative thinking, and emphasizes community building.

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March 2012

RE: Need help finding summer volunteer opps for teen!

The YMCA PG&E Teen Center Youth Institute is a leadership, job readiness program offered to 8th graders making the transition to high school and are seeking extra support. The program works with youth, exposing them to cutting edge technology, life skills mentoring, job readiness, academic excellence, and a wilderness retreat that strengthens team-building, problem solving, and self-efficacy skills.

The program has two components, an intensive eight-week summer workshop commencing with a one-week wilderness retreat in Kings Canyon and culminating in a publishable magazine and professionally produced video. During the eight weeks, youth will learn how to use Photoshop, video editing software, music production software, animation software, and be able to create a website. Much like a real job, students are expected to meet daily, Monday through Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm. The program runs from June 18th through August 11th and concludes with a graduation and film festival showcasing their videos. At graduation youth are presented with a $300 stipend for their participation in the program.

The school-year portion of the program picks up when school is in session and is a continuation of the skills learned during the summer workshop in addition to academic tutoring, community impact projects, and youth guided creative programming. Depending on the level of involvement students have the opportunity to get paid during the school-year as well.

This program is free, however can only accept twenty-five participants. Participants are chosen based on an application process. You can find the application here (link the application). Applications are due no later than April 2nd, 2012 and can be submitted to the Teen Center front desk (2111 Martin Luther King Jr. Way).


Oct 2011

RE: Want to work in a youth leadership/empowerment program

Dear Ari, YMCA just opened a Teen Center in Berkeley. they are on Addison and Martin L. King. They have wonderful programs for teen empowerment. You can find their info on the internet. It is called YMCA-PG&E Teen Center. Here is the Youth Programs director's contact. Much luck. Youth & Teen Director Paul Milsap pmilsap [at] ymca-cba.org 510.665.3234 Gladys