Youth Activities

The following is a list of local reacreational and educational activities for youth ranging from age 0-20 by region. A short decription along with age and contact information is provided. Any further questions should be directed towards the specific program.

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1. Salinas

2. Bay Area

3. South County

4. North County



Alisal Center for the fine Arts

The Alisal Center for Fine Arts is a place where young artist come to hone their skills, wether they be musical, visual, dance or theater. ACFA has encouraged young artists in Monterey County to achieve their full potential providing free art classes, exhibits, and performances in the Alisal neighborhood in East Salinas and the greater Salinas area.

California Youth Outreach (CYO)

CYO provides mentoring services; school based gang related crisis respons services to Salinas Schools on an as needed basis; Youth/Gang outreach services city-wide in targeted areas in Salinas; youth intervention and case management services, incarcerated youth services to help with community re-entry and planning with discussions with youth and families, and training and consultation services.
California Youth Outreach (CYO) Manuel Aguilar

855 E. Laurel Dr., Bldg. H

Salinas, CA. 93905

(831) 757-4480

(831) 809-8535 cell

City of Salinas, Parks & Community

The City of Salinas Recreation-Park Division offers programs for youth with positive, constructive and enriching after school activities which are essential for youth to develop healthy lifestyles. Recreation programs provide a variety of opportunities for youth to pursue interests in sports, visual and performing arts, music or dance.

Also, The City of Salinas Recreation-Park Division offers programs for youth with positive recreational experiences that provide alternatives that are key methods of prevention and intervention for youth ages 6 - 18. Youth learn how to make positive choices through positive reinforcement and by being around good role models.

Ages: 6-18

City of Salinas

Recreation Coordinator

Armando Barragan (831)775-4234

The City of Salinas Recreation-Park Division offers programs for youth ages 6 - 12 to continue to grow through recreational opportunities that provide safe, positive and fun experiences, which foster friendship and encourage mentoring opportunities with adults.

Ages: 6-12

City of Salinas


The City of Salinas Recreation-Park Division offers programs for youth ages 12 - 18 to enjoy teen oriented spaces along with activities and programs that allow them to express themselves in a positive manner, build relationships and reinforce the value of recreation; and the role it plays in building a positive leisure lifestyle.

Ages: 12-18

City of Salinas

Recreation Coordinator

Armano Barragan


Community of Caring Monterey Peninsula works in engaging young adults in interactive workshops empowering them to make positive educational choices. These workshops introduce them to skills for success such as self discipline, decision making, time management and goal setting; In doing so it successfully increases their chances of a career, self confidence, and life opportunities.

Ages: 3-5

City of Salinas


Community Partnership for Youth

CPY is a prevention program that provides alternatives to gangs, drugs, and violence. The program consists of an Afterschool Mentor/Tutor program, an 5 week all-day Summer Program, a Middle School Leadership Program, a High School Life Skills, Leadership & Job Preparation Program, a seven week Strengthening Families Program (SFP), and a Visual and Performing Arts Academy.

Grades: K-12

Shari Hastey, Executive


PO Box 42, Monterey, 93942

(831) 394-4279

Door to Hope

Founded in 1971, Door to Hope is a not for profit organization developed to help at risks infants and children with behavioral and/or substance abuse related issues. The program is divided into nine behavioral health units that also serve to woman in recovery, men, teenagers and families alike.

Ages: All

130 W.Gabilan Salinas,


Tel. (831) 758-0181

Fax. (831) 758- 5127

Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries

Ages: All

450 Lincoln Ave. Suite 203

(831) 424-3564

Salinas, Ca. 93901

Tel. (831) 424- 3564

Hartnell College Science Engineering Mathematics and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA)

The academy is an innovative national project designed to increase the participation and retention of historically underserved and underrepresented youth in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. The goals of the program are to do the following: Inspire a more diverse student population to pursue careers in STEM-related fields; Engage students, parents and adult family members, and teachers by incorporating emerging technologies; Educate students using rigorous STEM curricula, designed and implemented by NASA.

Hartnell East Campus- SEMAA

1752 E. Alisal Street

Salinas, CA 93905

(831) 755-6970

Office for Employment Training

The Office for Employment Training (OET) is the primary WIA Adult, Dislocated Worker, Youth program provider in Monterey County and manages the Universal Services component of the AJCC in partnership with CalWORKs Employment Services and the California Employment Development Department. For job seekers needing more intensive support, OET provides eligibility, job search support, assessment, training accounts, on-the-job-training resources, supportive service  payments, case management and follow-up through the core and intensive services program for dislocated workers and economically disadvantaged adults. Rapid Response and Business Services are also provided by OET in conjunction with other partners.

Ages: 14-21

Joyce Aldrich, Executive


Monterey County WIB

730 La Guardia Street

Salinas, 93905

(831) 759-6644

Rancho Cielo Youth Campus

Silver Star Youth Program

Rancho Cielo's Silver Star Program offers intensive educational instruction. Most students are on probation when referred to Rancho Cielo but recommendations may also come from the juvenile court, schools or parents. Graduates receive a HS diploma or GED. The program is operated in partnership with the Monterey County Probation Dept, which provides supervision and case management for students involved in the juvenile court, meals and transportation; the Monterey County Office of Education provides teachers and classroom aides for Rancho Cielo’s Community School. In addition, students are offered a variety of elective enrichment classes such as sports, art, music and gardening. Students also have access to support services including drug and alcohol counseling, family planning, gang intervention, conflict resolution, anger management, grief counseling, health education, family counseling and career planning with MC Behavioral Health. Students must also submit to twice weekly drug testing. Employment preparation classes are offered through a partnership with Turning Point of Central California to include resume writing, interviewing skills and networking classes.
Ages: 15 1/2 - 18, traditional H.S. aged youth

710 Old Stage Road, Salinas, CA 93908

Phone. (831) 444-3533

Fax. (831) 444-3550

Drummond Culinary Academy

10 month program with a capacity for 36 students aged 16-24. The students spend half their time in the John Muir Charter School Academic Classroom working towards their high school diploma, and half of their time in the commercial kitchen training with our Certified Executive Chef. The nationally-recognized American Culinary Federation Apprenticeship Curriculum includes 1,000 hours of practical experience. Focusing on employability, all students receive their Serv Safe Certification as well as CPR and First Aid. We have established an articulation agreement with Monterey Peninsula College to give future MPC students a head- start on credits after enrolling. Working Friday night dinners in the Academy Dining Room and special events provide an opportunity to earn some income while in school. Job readiness, Job Placement, Enrichment, Behavioral Health.

Ages: 16-24

Program Coordinator - Mark Bruszer 831-917-3982

Construction Academy

Formerly known as YouthBuild: Mirroring the Culinary Academy, 36 students (also aged 16-24) spend half of their time in the John Muir Charter School (JMCS) Academic Classroom working towards their high school diploma, and half of their time on the construction job site working with a licensed general contractor/ Hartnell Instructor building transitional houses on campus. Students are co- enrolled in JMCS and Hartnell College, allowing students a clear path into post- secondary education with college credits. Focusing on employability, all students receive OSHA-10 certification as well as CPR and First Aid. Job readiness, job placement, enrichment, Behavioral Health.

Coordinator Andrew Seminerio (831) 970-9149

Transitional Housing NEW effective 7-2014

5 homes, built by RC Construction Academy, each with 3 shared bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Independent living for 30 participants at max capacity. Men aged 18- 24, RC participants or graduates, unsafe in their own neighborhood, homeless or needing a safe transition. Intensive case management: must work, go to school full time or both. Fees will be paid on a sliding scale. Job Readiness, Job Placement assistance, Behavioral Health. No drugs, alcohol, violence, visitors.

Ages: 18-24

Program Director Trish Alcocer (831) 444-3506


Youth Corps

Rancho Cielo Youth Corps is an on-the-job training program serving young people to be prepared for regular full time employment. Crews learn through their involvement in a variety of construction projects that teach everything from work ethic to construction skills. Rancho Cielo Youth Corps gives youth, many of whom are gang affiliates, the opportunity to learn job skills while being compensated for their work. Job readiness, Job Placement Assistance, Behavioral Health. Limited spots for youth WITH diplomas; if participant does not have a diploma, must enroll in John Muir Charter School to pursue diploma. Up to 20 hours per week of work paid at minimum wage; must commit to two days of programmatic activities (unpaid) to be eligible for paid opportunities.

Ages: 18-24

Program Coordinator Andrew Seminerio (831) 970-9149

Second Chance Youth & Family Program

The Second Chance program offers violence reduction and prevention strategies including: counseling services, drug education for youth, school-based violence reduction, tattoo removal assistance, parent and community education workshops, and the Jazz-Up program.

Ages: All

Brian Contreras, Executive Director

PO Box 1999, Salinas, 93902

Bread Box Recreation Center

745 North Sanborn, Salinas, 93905

tel. (831) 758-2501

Bay Area

Boys and Girls Club of Monterey

Soledad Boys & Girls Club of Monterey County Andrew Vie, Executive Director The Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County have been a vital part of this community for over 45 years. Through its 2 facilities, it has accepted the challenge of helping the children of the area’s financially challenged families realize their potential to become responsible, healthy, productive and successful citizens. Programs include academic success, good character & citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. Their core program areas include: education & career development, character & leadership development, health & life skills, arts & cultural enrichment, and sports, fitness & recreation.

Ages: 6-18

Boys & Girls Club of Monterey County Andrew Vie, Executive Director

Salinas Unit

85 Maryal Drive

Salinas, CA 93906

Tel. (831) 757-4412

Carmel Youth Center

During the school year, the CYC provides a safe, friendly, inexpensive, and fun afterschool program for youth in the 5th grade through high school. THey provide enrichment activities that promote a positive, supportive culture and an academically friendly environment.

Grades: 5-12

Carmel Youth Center P.O Box 2399 4th & Torres

Carmel, Ca. 93921

(831) 624-3285

Development Director

Kymberlie Osler

City of Marina - Recreation & Cultural Services Teen Center

The Marina Teen Center offers recreational opportunities for teens who reside in Marina and surrounding areas to learn the fundamentals of courtesy, kindness, responsibility, teamwork, social skills, and self respect. The Teen Center welcomes middle and high school students.

Ages: 11-17

Marina Teen Center

304 Hillcrest Ave, Marina, 93933

(831) 884-9542

City of Marina - Recreation & Cultural Services Youth Program

The Marina Youth Center offers programs for youth ages 5 – 12. There is homework time daily from 2:30-4pm. They offer a physical awareness program and healthy snack days, with computers, game systems, pool tables, foos ball and physical activities.

Ages: 5-12

Marina Teen Center

304 Hillcrest Ave, Marina,


Recreation Leader

Laura Johansen

(831) 884-9542

(831) 760-0108 cell

Dance kids of Monterey County

Ages: 5-20

Sunset Center, Cottage #17

San Carlos St at 10th ave


Tel. (831) 622-9008 

Fax. (831) 218-1292

First 5

First 5 is an independent public agency that is governed by a 7 member board of commissioners. Their purpose is to work with other community organizations to ensure children are healthy and are ready for school and offer their families with other parenting resources. Funding within three strategic areas; parenting development, child care quality, and mental and physical health.

Ages: 0-5 + Families

Francine Rodd, Executive Director (831) 444-8549 Ext.20

1125 Baldwin St. Salinas, 93906

Tel. (831) 444-8549

Fax. (831) 444- 8637

Girls Inc. of the Central Coast

Girls Inc. delivers a constellation of programs focused on leadership and self- empowerment for girls ages 9 to 18. Youth Leaders facilitate these programs at 20 school sites around Monterey County. Girls Inc. helps inspire girls to become Strong, Smart, and Bold each year. Charitable gifts help improve girls' self-esteem and grades, prepare them for higher education, teach them to avoid obstacles, such as substance abuse and teen pregnancy, and help them develop leadership and self- empowerment skills.

STE 209, 318 Cayuga St, Salinas, 93901

(831) 772-0882

Program Director

Elizabeth Contreras




Salinas - within Salinas city limits

Bay Area - Marina, Seaside, Monterey, Del Rey Oaks, Carmel, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Carmel, Sand City

North County - Moss Landing, Las Lomas, Castroville, Prunedale

South County - Spreckles, Chualar, Gonzales, Soledad, Greenfield, King City, San Lucas, San Ardo, Jolon, Lockwood, Bradley