THE TEEN PROGRAM OPEN DROP-IN
New Location: Located at the Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center. It is within easy walking distance of the Bainbridge High School, Woodward Middle School, library, Safeway, and Eagle Harbor High.
Stop by any afternoon or evening to check out the new space. We have a pool table, foosball table, games, activities and a room for gaming or just relaxing.
We believe that what teens do in their free time affects the quality of life for themselves and their community. Our job is to keep young people engaged and busy during their teen years on the Island. We do this by actively developing youth leadership, through learning names and developing relationships, and offering choices of stuff to do – or not do. Sometimes teens just need to hang out.
Established in 1992 by the Park District – in partnership with the Rotary Club and School District – the Teen Center has been providing year-round activities for teens of Middle and High School-ages for more than two decades. Adult staff are always on hand to supervise and instigate fun every afternoon after school and on Friday and Saturday nights. In the summer, we are open late afternoon through evening. While other places have some great things for teens, our experience, Park District resources, and dedicated space definitely makes us a “Place to Be.”
Address: Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center at 8521 Madison Ave N.
Summer Hours of Operation:
Closed: Sunday-Tuesday plus July 6, August 17, and September 4-5
Fall Hours of Operation:
Closed: Sunday and Monday and the following dates: 9/4-5, 11/4, 11/11, 11/23, 12/15, 12/25-26, 1/1-2
At staff’s discretion and due to participation, the teen program hours may change slightly for closing early or later.
SOME FUN FALL ACTIVITIES WE ARE HAVING
Cream-Filled Donut Day: Celebrate National Cream-Filled Donut Day! Come make your own cream-filled donut and enjoy eating it. Monday, 9/14
Frankenstein Friday: Celebrate the creation of Franky and all things spooky. Friday before Halloween 10/27
Pie Shoot: Win pie in this annual pool tournament! Wednesday before Thanksgiving, 11/22
Holiday Spirit Week: The week leading up to Winter Break is full of holiday fun! Lights, crafts, treats, and love. Wednesday-Friday afternoon 12/20-22
Cook & Consume: Simple food skills at play in the late night kitchen. Saturdays, monthly (varies)
TC Book Group: Interesting reads and open discussions facilitated by Ragna. (Wednesdays, varies)
Funky Yoga: Yoga, freestyle dance, movement, and laughs. Thursdays, monthly (varies)
CURRENT WISH LIST
- Ping pong table or table tennis top for pool table
- New furniture for “hangout” area
- Art materials/supplies
TEEN PROGRAM STAFF
We have amazing staff! Come down to visit or hangout with them.
From left to right meet: Liz Funk, Ragna Blanco and Marissa Simcoe.
Liz Funk: Liz has an extensive background in in creating and managing large middle school after school programs serving diverse populations. In her free time, you will find Liz hitting the mat (yoga, that is). She sleeps, breathes, and lives yoga, 24/7 (all 8 limbs), is also certified to teach. And there’s usually a good beat playing in the background, especially when she’s cruising in her car. “You can get through everything and cast a laugh and sing, you can do anything that you want to.” -Peter Tosh
Marissa Simcoe: Island resident for 25+ years, BHS and Teen Center alumni-class of ’01. The TC played a vital role during my high school years-giving us teens a place to hang out, relax, study etc. I’m thrilled to be involved with the program today and provide that same support to Bainbridge youth that I received from the awesome TC staff ‘way back then. Hobbies/Interests: Playing pool, reading Pratchett/Tolkien, watching science and history documentaries.
Ragna Blanco: Ragna is a BHS and Teen Center Alumni from class of 2000 who has an educational background that includes counseling for chemical dependency and suicide prevention. She is a mom of two future teenagers and is excited to be working within the same program that has helped provide a safe and fun space just for teens on the island for almost three decades. Hobbies/Interests: photography, outdoors, music, sci-fi books and movies.
Eddie Williams; staff & concert sound tech
Between studies and socializing and sleeping, we understand that there’s not a lot of free time in a teen’s day. With added school sports, music, and interest clubs/groups, young people can have little time for themselves just to hang out and be. We try to carefully expand the free-time choices available to teens, and offer them within walking/biking/busing distances, without overwhelming families. The Park District has many things happening specifically for teens. You can check them out in our most recent catalog which is available on our homepage. Look for the purple star throughout the catalog for other programs teens can participate in.
TRIPS & EVENTS
Sometimes teens want to do something different or just get off The Rock and brain science tells us that brand new experiences are what teens crave. Working with the Teen Program staff, you’d be surprised what all our brains come up with! Whether it’s exploring part of a city they haven’t seen yet, camping or visiting local hotspots, we’re good at listening and keeping teens busy! Look for trips in our current catalog for what’s happening for teens.
- First, we need to tell you there are always snacks for volunteers. Always.
- Second, we have really fun options for fulfilling required community service hours. 9th grade Health? Honor Society? Service Learning Project? Diversion? Scouts? We’ve got you covered.
- So if spending time sorting (and testing!) candy for the Egg Hunts, collecting canned goods at a music event, helping younger summer campers, or picking up beach debris on Earth Day sound OK to you, contact us and we’ll find ways for your to have fun while giving meaningful service!
- If you’re the kind of person who would like to be a part of what the Teen Program offers and you have some volunteer time, we’d be happy to come up with ways you would enjoy helping!
T.A.G. (Teen Action Group)
Teen Action Group has teens working together to accomplish their own goals for the community. Pick a project or activity and let us help YOU make it a reality. No goal is too big or too small-create a garden at the new Teen Center space, or lead a food drive for Helpline. YOU make the decisions! This self-starter program is a great way to enhance your college resume while also learning leadership skills, teamwork, and having fun! A trip to the Youth Leadership Summit this fall may be scheduled. Sustenance provided. Aquatics Center on Thursday from 3:45-4:45p.
Park District Volunteer Opportunities
Need volunteer hours for your school requirements? Just want to get involved with something fun? There are three exciting opportunities for you to volunteer this fall:
Pumpkin Carving 10/20
Haunted Hayride 10/23, 10/24, 10/25
Winter Wonderland 12/9
Contact Lori Quick-Mejia at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-842-2306 ext. 129 for more information or to get involved.