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St. George Youth Center

St. George Youth Center has been serving Isla Vista and Goleta youth and families since 1998, providing a safe, fun, alternative space for teens during the high risk after-school hours.

The youth center is open to young people in grades 6 -12, and we support the strength and achievement of youth and their families through a variety of educational, recreational, cultural and leadership opportunities.

 

Recreation 

The youth center is located next to beautiful Estero Park in Isla Vista with access to large grass field and basketball courts. Recreational activities include a range of sport tournaments, ping pong and pool tournaments, dance classes, monthly girls and guys late-nights, teen lock-ins, field trips, community events and quarterly late-night dances.

The youth center offers a pool table, ping pong table, a large screen TV, Wii system and five computers with internet access as well as an array of board games and sport equipment.

Education

Academic Assistance
We provide tutoring, homework assistance, book clubs, access to computers, internet and printing. Our services also include case management and advocacy. Homework assistance is provided by the Center staff as well as UCSB student volunteers. Services are available Monday through Thursday from 6:30-8:00pm.

Alcohol and other Drugs Prevention
Alcohol and other drugs education groups are offered on a weekly basis throughout the year. The groups provide youth with important facts and information regarding alcohol and other drugs as well as helping youth explore the impact of alcohol and other drugs in their lives and in their community.

Leadership development
Through the Leadership and Jr. Leadership Clubs, teens in the 8th -12th grades have the opportunity to gain leadership skills and become engaged in the community. Teens are required to commit for a minimum of one academic year and new students are selected every summer. Leadership participants coordinate community events, and also identify and work on various issues or concerns affecting youth and their community.

I'm a Student Too

 

What's our purpose? As youth, we want to:

  • Reduce alcohol and other drug abuse in Isla Vista

  • Have a better, safer and healthier place where youth and families can grow up

  • We are students, too!

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Collaborations
St. George Youth Center partners with various organizations to provide teens and families with a range of opportunities and experiences. 

  • Weekly STEM learning MakerSpace program with UCSB Education Department 
  • Weekly tutoring and mentoring with UCSB Education Department undergraduate students 
  • Summer Theatre Camp with Isla Vista Arts and UCSB Theatre Department 
  • Summer Food Distribution Program with the SB FoodBank 
  • Summer Emergency Disaster Preparedness Training with UCSB Office of Emergency Preparedness 
  • Hosford Clinic and Psychology program, weekly therapeutic support services on site

Counseling

In partnership with UCSB Hosford Clinic, we offer on-site counseling for our teen members and their families. Please call the Teen Center for more information.

Membership
There is a $40 registration fee and is open to all youth in the 6th - 12th grades. Please visit the St. George Youth Center for a membership application.

Hours of Operation
MONDAY - THURSDAY: 3:00-8:00pm
FRIDAY: Hours vary depending on fieldtrips and special events

Schedule subject to change depending on special events/activities and/or holidays.

For more information contact:

Leonor Reyes
Youth Center Director
Leonor.Reyes@ciymca.org

Francesca Sen
Program Coordinator
Fran.Sen@ciymca.org


St. George Youth Center
889 Camino Del Sur
Isla Vista, CA 93117
805.685.9170

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