Mission Statement: The City of Tolleson Parks & Recreation Teen Center is committed to the development of programming that promotes a positive recreational environment for young people within the city. The Teen Center looks to provide an environment where all participants regardless of sex, race, religion, and economic status feel safe and understood.
Philosophy: The Teen Center provides a safe and supervised facility for young people to engage in educational programs and leisure activities which encourage the growth of positive self-esteem. Youth who attend are able to freely express their opinions without fear of judgement, and are encouraged to participate in the development of programming. The participants’ ages range from 12 to 18 years.
The Teen Center allows young people to drop in and participate in a variety of supervised activities. Participants are able to come and go to this program freely, and are unsupervised once they leave the program. The Teen Center will offer a wide range of activities including: sports, billiards, video games, movie nights, chat time, and guest presentations on current issues. We will offer internet access, homework assistance, peer mentoring, and educational workshops that will encourage making healthy life choices. The Teen Center will connect youth with the local community, encouraging volunteerism to make a difference. The Teen Center prides itself on being a smoke, drug and alcohol-free venue for young people to interact in a safe and non-judgmental environment.
Young people taking advantage of the drop-in program will enjoy:
increased physical fitness levels
increased employment opportunities by learning résumé writing and interview skills
getting involved in the community, thereby fostering and promoting civic engagement
spending time with other youth in a non-judgmental environment where they feel safe
developing leadership skills
developing budgeting and fundraising skills through special event planning
having their achievements recognized and celebrated
having access to service agencies and referral services to which they may otherwise not have access
Hours: Monday to Friday, 2pm-7pm
Groups/Clubs offered by the City of Tolleson
The Teen Council meets every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month at 4 p.m. at the Tolleson Parks and Recreation Center. Dates and times may vary.
Tolleson Parks and Recreation Department 9251 W. Washington St. Tolleson, AZ 85353 623-474-4992.
Teen Fire and Police Explorers
The Tolleson Teen Explorers meet at the Tolleson Police Department.
Tolleson Police Department 8350 W. Van Buren St. Tolleson 85353 623-936-7186.
Tolleson JAG Works
JAG’s mission is to help young people stay in school and to acquire the academic, personal, leadership and vocational skills they will need to be successful upon graduation. *This program is offered through JAG, this is not a City ran program.