The Teen Center includes a computer room, game room, music studio, and much more! We offer a wide variety of exciting programs throughout the year such as Artistic Touch and Concept to Creation. Whether you need help with homework, assistance filling out a job application, or learning about community service opportunities - we are here for you!
What Teens are saying about us:
- "I come to experience new opportunities, to help myself and to be with my friends".
- "This is a place where I can relax and get my work done...like yesterday I had to get my project done and completed it here. And also you guys are nice."
Hours of Operation during the school year:
10:30 AM - 7:00 PM
- Saturday & Sunday: Closed
- Early Release Day / Professional Study Days
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
- School Breaks
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Note: We will be closing early on Monday, November 7th, 2022 at 4:30pm. The Teen Center staff will have a table at the Town Hall Meeting by Deerfield Beach Community Cares focused on "Depression & Anxiety: How to Handle Difficult Times" at the Dr. Leo G. Robb Gymnasium at Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex. Address: 445 SW 2nd Street. We welcome teens to stop by, listen and ask the panel questions.
Become a Teen Center Member
Teens, if you are looking to become a member you will need to bring a parent or legal guardian with you for the tour (don't worry, this is the only time we ask your parents to be here 😜 ). It is important to us that the parents know where their child is and who they are going to be with. On this tour, you will see where you will be hanging out and given an application for membership (membership is free).
In order to be a Teen Center member, you must be ages 13 - 18 and currently enrolled in high school.
Please call 954-571-4568 to schedule your tour today!
Programs & Activities
The Teen Center has set programs throughout the school year, but we encourage our members' voices in deciding what speakers, programs, and classes we offer. Most importantly, classes are FREE!
Gardening for Nutrition
Nutrition Educator Liz Lewis from UF-IFAS Broward County Extension, Family Nutrition Program (FNP) will be presenting six workshops for teens in 2023!
|Wednesday||01/11/23||3:30 PM - 4:15 PM||Energy In, Energy Out|
|Wednesday||01/18/23||3:30 PM - 4:15 PM||The Nutrient Database|
|Wednesday||01/25/23||3:30 PM - 4:15 PM||In Search of Essential Nutrients|
|Wednesday||02/01/23||3:30 PM - 4:15 PM||What Parts of a Plant Do We Eat|
|Wednesday||02/08/23||3:30 PM - 4:15 PM||Spice It Up Part 1|
|Wednesday||02/15/23||3:30 PM - 4:15 PM||Spice It Up Part 2|
Snap* Snap* Come join Ms. Lara Pinheiro our wonderful photography instructor to learn the basics about taking photos and using a camera effectively. She will also educate you about important topics such as lighting. With this class, you can start building your own portfolio. No experience is needed and cameras are available for you to use during the workshops.
|Wednesday||1/18/23||5:15 PM - 6:15 PM|
|Wednesday||1/25/23||5:15 PM - 6:15 PM|
|Wednesday||2/1/23||5:15 PM - 6:15 PM|
|Wednesday||2/8/23||5:15 PM - 6:15 PM|
|Wednesday||2/15/23||5:15 PM - 6:15 PM|
|Wednesday||2/22/23||5:15 PM - 6:15 PM|
There are two raised garden beds that are full of growing produce the teens started from seeds! We can certainly use your help in caring for these new plants so they grow strong. This season we have the following produce: corn, cucumber, radish, bush bean, gourd and strawberry plants. Special thanks to Deerfield Beach Community Cares for donating supplies to help us begin this program along with a nearby nursery Nu Turf of Pompano Beach, Inc.
|Monday 1/23/23||4:30 PM - 5:30 PM|
|Monday 1/30/23||4:30 PM - 5:30 PM|
|Monday 2/6/23||4:30 PM - 5:30 PM|
|Monday 2/13/23||4:30 PM - 5:30 PM|
|Monday 2/27/23||4:30 PM - 5:30 PM|
DJ/Production/Vocalist - POSTPONED
Ever thought about becoming a Disc Jockey, Producer, or Vocalist? Here's your chance to learn the basics of the most advanced techniques in the music industry. We have our very own Party DJ and Music Producer "Kong The DJ" who provides lessons two times a week in our studio.
Concept 2 Creation
Students learn the basic principles of working with embroidery on fabric. You can also learn how to create Logos and Business artwork. Students can do heat transfer with vinyl designs and create custom apparel!
|Tuesday||1/17/23||5:45 PM - 6:45 PM|
|Tuesday||1/31/23||5:45 PM - 6:45 PM|
|Tuesday||2/7/23||5:45 PM - 6:45 PM|
|Tuesday||2/21/23||5:45 PM - 6:45 PM|
Sound Engineering - POSTPONED
Learn to assemble, operate and maintain technical equipment used to amplify, enhance, mix or produce sound. You will also learn to identify the sound requirements for a given task or situation and perform the appropriate actions to produce the sound.
Tired of drawing stick figures, making macaroni art, and lame picture frames? In this program you will get an opportunity to tap into your inner artist by expanding on your creativity and exercising that artistic muscle. Graphite Drawing, Acrylic Painting, Candle-Making projects and whatever else you want to be better at. Nothing is off-limits to your imagination.
|Tuesday||1/24/23||5:45 PM - 6:45PM|
|Tuesday||2/28/23||5:45 PM - 6:45PM|
Cooking with the Chef
Do you like being creative with food and making a delicious meal? We have cookbooks and a kitchen available to teens to make some wonderful food. They will also learn how to keep their cooking area sanitary and work as a team.
|Friday||2/3/23||5:30 PM - 6:30 PM|
|Friday||2/17/23||5:30 PM - 6:30 PM|
This is a wonderful program that we host whose mission is to provide Group Mentoring and "Teen Coaching" to boys in the community. They focus on topics such as smart decisions and discovering their purpose. Learn more about the Men2Boys program.
|Monday||1/23/23||3:30 PM - 4:30 PM|
|Monday||1/30/23||3:30 PM - 4:30 PM|
|Monday||2/6/23||3:30 PM - 4:30 PM|
|Monday||2/13/23||3:30 PM - 4:30 PM|
|Monday||2/27/23||3:30 PM - 4:30 PM|
Every month we go to Gateway Community Outreach in the City of Deerfield Beach. Their mission is to safeguard and protect the most vulnerable community members. They provide intensive case management, including food, housing assistance, and referrals to those in need of emergency aid. Youth assist their staff in organizing the food pantry and ensuring the space is clean. Youth are also welcome to assist in special events throughout the year including the Haunted Arboretum as scare actors. If you are a community organization interested in being a volunteer site, please contact us with details of the service opportunity.
BSO Deerfield Beach Police Athletic League (PAL) Boxing
The National Association of Police Athletic/Activities League (National PAL) and its chapters work nationwide to promote the prevention of juvenile crime and violence by building relationships among kids, cops, and the community through positive engagement. BSO/Deerfield Beach PAL Mission Statement:
- For all participants to be physically and mentally fit.
- For all participants to give maximum effort in all endeavors.
-For all participants to be good role models at home, in school, and in their communities.
- For all participants to be humble in victory, gracious in defeat, and put fair play above all.
Please email Luz Deroseney for an application. All New PAL Program members must complete the application before beginning. There is a $5 application fee.
American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for the Parks & Recreation Department: Resources, Services and Interventions for Youth & Families
The purpose of this project is to provide monthly events and summit to support mental health in the community. Below are the activities and we are pleased to share there will be another summit in 2023! If you are a non-profit, therapist or other professional in the mental health field and would like to participate please contact the Teen Center.
|05/7/22||Ignite||Lynn Shaw||CEO of Lynn Shaw Group and Keynote Speaker||Resource Fair, Community Service Project, Teen Art Contest Winners Display, Keynote Speaker, Dance, Dinner, Raffle Prizes||DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel|
|08/26/22||Express Your Feelings Through Color|
|Gabriela Gamperl||Certified International Art4Healing Facilitator||Did you know expressing your feelings through the creative process of painting can be therapeutic and healing? The workshops are designed to assist those living with emotional pain, illness, grief, fear or stress. ||Highlands Community Center|
|08/27/22||Express Your Feelings Through Color|
|Gabriela Gamperl||Certified International Art4Healing Facilitator||Same as above.||Highlands Community Center|
|10/06/22||Back to School Starter Kit: How to Navigate Relationships & Tough Conversations||Deseray Wilson, LMHC Founder and Clinical Director of Anxious Black Girls||Anxious Black Girls||Workshop covers the following: identifying and naming emotions, common stressors during this time of the year, communication skills, important relationships in your life, how to navigate asking for what you need, and boundary setting.||Highlands Community Center|
|10/08/22||Teen Yoga Night: Halloween Edition||Yaneilys Amador, RYT200 Trauma-Informed Yoga Instructor and Mental Health Advocate from Yoga4Change||Yoga4Change||Curriculum includes thematic teachings like gratitude, forgiveness, self-acceptance, vulnerability, and expectations. The class also includes “physical and mental health resources such as yoga shapes, breathing exercises and mindfulness practices. ||Highlands Community Center|
|11/04/22||Forest Bathing||Donna Mansbart, Certified Forest Therapy Guide (Shinrin-Yoku)||Forest bathing is beneficial to physiological, mental, and emotional health. A walk can engage the Parasympathetic nervous system to relax our bodies, lower cortisol levels and boost our immune system, improve sleep, and lower blood pressure. ||Arboretum at Constitution Park|
|12/09/22||Self-Care Friday||Altheresa Clark, MSW, LCSW, Founder & CEO of Inspire4Purpose, LLC||Inspire4Purpose||Youth will explore self-care tips, learn techniques to increase overall mental health, and build a self-care plan through exciting activities||Hillsboro Community Center|
|01/27/23||Stress Management Friday||Althersa Clark, MSW, LCSW, Founder & CEO of Inspire4Purpose,|
|Inspire4Purpose||This workshop helps participants realize what stress is, increase their capacity to cope successfully with stress, understand the importance of mindfulness and discover solutions to managing stress||Hillsboro Community Center|
|02/10/23||Storytelling||Oliver Campbell, Storyteller||Mr. Campbell will tell the four following stories: "Bark George", "Sody Sallyratus", "Brer Possum and the Snake" from the book "Sure as Sunrise", "The Rainbow Fish" and "Too Much Noise". Two books will be provided to each Kindergarten class: "The Way I Feel" and "Zach Gets Frustrated".||Park Ridge Elementary School|
*Limited to their kindergarten classes
|02/10/23||Empowering EveryBODY||1. Liz Gruber, Ph.D. |
2.Allison Ford, M.S.
|Home for Balance Psychotherapy Group LLC||In light of Eating Disorder Awareness Month, this presentation offers space to reflect on and confront common triggers to negative body image, explore barriers to developing body respect and trust, and learn ways to develop more self-compassion and appreciation of your body. You will also learn signs of when you, a friend, or a loved one might benefit from speaking to a mental health professional and how to go about finding help.||Teen Center|
|02/24/23||What Lies Underneath?||Cassidy Ferguson, APC and CEO||Messin With My Mental||A workshop dedicated to learning ways to cope with anger. Are you struggling with anger? Do you experience anger and sometimes don't understand why? Come join us! We will create "Anger Volcanoes" to help illustrate what triggers anger, how it explodes, and ways to cope with angry feelings including: relaxation, distraction and grounding skills.||Hillsboro Community Center|
|03/03/23||Meditation||Blake||Broward Meditation||Come experience a relaxing and fun class with this outstanding instructor. Leave with an understanding of breathing techniques and a self-care option you can do anywhere!||TBD|
|03/11/23||Burgers & Bros||1. Ostin Celestin, LMHC, MFT, QS, EMDR, DBT and Founder of Insight 180 Counseling|
2. Dre' Johnson, LCSW
|A free event for young men ages 13-18 and their father or male mentor. Workshop topics include communication and self-care. Lunch and 3 community service hours provided. Door prizes too!||Highlands Community Center|
|04/01/23||Parent Workshop||TBA||TBA||TBA||Teen Center|
|04/14/23||Self-Esteem & Stigma||Daryl Campbell, LCSW, Therapist and Founder of Voice Unplugged||Voice Unplugged||Coming Soon!||TBD|