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. Teen Leadership
The Art Center Teen Leadership is a group of high school students that assists in producing programming that connects teenagers to art and artists at the Palo Alto Art Center. The group plans teen-only events, makes and exhibits art, learns about careers, gains leadership skills, and earns service hours. ACT Leadership is a year-long commitment that meets once a month on a weekday afterschool.
The Palo Alto Police Department invites our local youth to learn about the objectives and roles of the police in our community and to gain knowledge in the law enforcement field through our Law Enforcement Explorer program.
Teen Library Advisory Board (TLAB) is a group of dedicated teens who share new ideas about teen library activities, materials, while identifying teen issues with solutions, and making the library a better place for all teens.
Fund your projects and ideas and make them come to life with the City of Palo Alto's Think Fund! Get money for your idea, as well as mentorship and support in order to make your vision a reality. No idea is too big or too small. If you're in high school and have an idea for a short-term or long-term project, meet with the Teen Program Specialist to discuss how you can transform your blueprint into a footprint!
clickPA was funded in 2013 by four high school students who felt that teens are unaware about the wealth of activities available around Palo Alto. clickPA is the one-stop website for exciting events, opportunities and other activities tailored to the local teen age-group. The website content, publicity and technology is entirely run by the clickPA core staff.
LEAP is an after-school program located in the Mitchell Park Community Center that provides services, activities, and classes to middle school students, grades 6-8 throughout the community. The goal of LEAP is to ensure youth are provided the space, resources, support, and opportunities to be empowered and thrive within their schools, homes, and communities. We provide homework help, various fun enrichment activities like sports, cooking, art, special events, and more! MakeX Website | Contact | Facebook
MakeX is a FREE community makerspace in the Cubberley Community Center that offers access to cutting-edge digital tools, power tools, and building materials. Completely staffed by local high school students, MakeX aims to facilitate creative design through casual, peer mentorship. Visitors can tackle any project with the help of the expert design, ideating, and fabricating resources available at MakeX.