The City of Palo Alto recognizes the importance of creating a positive, safe environment where teens can develop life skills and grow as individuals. The Community Services Department offers several programs and leadership groups geared specifically for the Palo Alto teen community with the goal of developing leaders and fostering growth. Each teen program offered by the City focuses on developing the spirit, mind and body; stimulating creativity, offering challenges, and building developmental assets.
Mitchell Park Teen Center
Our state of the art Mitchell Park Teen Center, The Drop, hosts our Learning Enrichment After-school Program (LEAP) for middle school students and drop-in programming for high school students. LEAP provides middle school students the space, resources, support, and opportunities to be empowered and thrive within their schools, homes, and communities. This program offers middle school students with homework help, various fun enrichment activities, and our teen center space usage. High school students who wish to use our teen center space can do so on a drop-in basis.
In addition, we offer leadership opportunities to high school students who wish to bring their passion and commitment to serving the teen community into action through our leadership groups; Teen Advisor Board, Palo Alto Youth Council, clickPA, and Think Fund. The Palo Alto Teen Advisory Board focus on further enhancing the community by serving as links between teens and all others, and by developing ideas, implementing teen programs and encouraging teen involvement. Palo Alto Youth Council keeps cognizant of issues relevant to the teen community and works to develop creative and engaging ways to raise awareness and resolve. clickPA provides teens with exciting events, opportunities and other activities tailored to the local teen age-group. Think Fund brings mentorship, support, and funding to teen led ideas and initiatives allowing teens to feel empowered to make change in their community.