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TEEN CENTERED

THE TEEN PROGRAM OPEN DROP-IN

Teen Centered Pool TableNew 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: 
Wednesday-Saturday       5:00-9:00pm

Closed: Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Holidays, and Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center events

At staff’s discretion and due to participation, the teen program hours may change slightly for closing early or later.

JOIN US FOR THESE FUN ACTIVITIES

French Fry Friday the 13th: It’s a day to celebrate French fries and different dipping sauces. 7/13

Ice Cream Sundae Saturday: Come treat yourself to a nice cool and delicious ice cream sundae. 7/28

National Watermelon Day: Join us to celebrate National Watermelon Day with all things watermelon.  8/3

Radom Acts of Kindness Day: Come with us to perform random acts of kindness to random people in our community and then return to the Teen Centered Space for treats. 8/22

TC Book Group: Interesting reads and open discussion facilitated by Ragna Discuss.  (Wednesdays, varies)

Cook & Consume: Simple food skills at play in the late night kitchen. Saturdays, monthly (varies)

Funky Yoga: Yoga, freestyle dance, movement, and laughs. Saturdays, monthly  (varies)

SUMMER BBQs

We’ll be firing up the grill on the following Fridays this summer! Come on by and chill on our patio, bring your friends and family!! 6/29, 7/27, 8/24.

CURRENT WISH LIST

  • Art supplies/materials
  • “E” and “T” rated Xbox One games and controllers
  • Teen oriented books! (and a bookshelf)

TEEN PROGRAM STAFF

Teen Centered StaffWe have amazing staff! Come down to visit or hangout with them.

From left to right meet: Joti Chandra Kaur, Ragna Blanco and Marissa Simcoe.

Joti Chandra Kaur: Joti Chandra 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 Joti Chandra 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

Eddie Williams; staff & concert sound tech

CLASSES

Teen CenteredBetween 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.teen icon

Sign up for our fun Summer classes!

Teen Center Art ClassMixed Media Art

Age 11-18. Everyone is an artist! Join mixed media artist Shelley Reimer and explore your creative side. No experience necessary for this adventure!! Shelley will walk you through her unique process of bringing paint to life, then you will try your hand at creating a masterpiece…it’s easier than you think! Class located at the Teen Centered Space at the Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center.

472626-01     Sa     10:30a-1:00p     7/14     $35

Casey’s Cooking Corner

Ages 11-17. Cook and consume! This class gives hungry teens, and budding chefs, the chance to create some easy but filling dishes. Casey will help you prepare tasty chili and cornbread for the first class, at the end, you will decide as a group what will be cooked up for the second class! Bring your taste buds and appetites!! Teen Centered Space at the Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center.

472624-01     Sa     2:00-4:00p     7/14     $30
472624-02     Sa     2:00-4:00p     8/11     $30

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.

Not Your Average Scavenger Hunt

Ages 11-17. Summer is too precious to waste by being bored! Check out our day trips and scavenger hunts instead! Spend your afternoon learning about and exploring lesser-known parks and trails on Bainbridge while looking for hidden clues to your next location. Snacks will be provided, but you’ll have to use your stealthy skills to find them! This is not your little sibling’s scavenger hunt! Drop off/pick up at the Teen Centered Space at the Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center.

√ 7/27 trip will explore the south end of the island. Locations could include: Fort Ward Park, Blakely Harbor Park, Gazzam Lake Nature Preserve, and Pritchard Park.
√ 8/24 trip will explore the north part of the island. Locations could include: Battle Point Park trail system, Manzanita Park, Hidden Cove Park, and Fay Bainbridge Park.
Bonus: Stay for our Teen Program’s summer BBQ after the hunt!!

472625-01     F     3:00-5:00p     7/27     $25
472625-02     F     3:00-5:00p     8/24     $25

Teen Fun Day Trips

Must register 5 days prior to trip in order to participate!

Bring: sack lunch (or money), spending money, water bottle and sunscreen for most trips.

POINT NO POINT, LOW TIDE BEACH DAY

Point No PointAges 10-17: Experience a super low tide at Point No Point in Hansville. You will have an opportunity to build driftwood structures, explore the sand bars, and maybe even find a moon snail. You’ll also get an opportunity to walk the trail and maybe see a bald eagle family. Bring sack lunch, water, sunscreen and shoes for beach/muck. Drop-off and pick-up at the Teen Centered Space at the Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center.

472620-01     F     10:00a-4:00p     7/13     $50

PORT TOWNSEND, FORT WORDEN

Fort WordenAges 10-17. Our adventure will start downtown for some people-watching and time for a snack. Then we’ll head out to Fort Worden for some beach time and fort exploring. Bring sack lunch (or money), spending money, water bottle and sunscreen. Drop-off and pick-up at the Teen Centered Space at the Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center.

472620-03     T     12:00-6:00p     7/31     $54

SEATTLE WATERFRONT

Ages 13-17: We will start our afternoon by wandering through Pike Place Market and will end with a stroll along the waterfront. Bring sack lunch (or money), spending money, water bottle and sunscreen. Start and end at Bainbridge ferry terminal.

472620-02     T     12:00-5:30p     8/21     $39

SERVICE/VOLUNTEERING 

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!

Adults

  • 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. Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center on Thursday from 3:45-4:45p.

Park District Volunteer Opportunities      

Haunted Hayride Teen VolunteersNeed volunteer hours for your school requirements? Just want to get involved with something fun? There are exciting opportunities for you to volunteer:

Haunted Hayride 10/22-24

Contact Ashley Miller a ashleym@biparks.org or 206-842-2306 ext. 129 for more information or to get involved.