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While the Youth Center building is closed, we are still available!
Mientras el edificio del Youth Center está cerrado, ¡todavía estamos disponibles!
Due to concerns around COVID-19, the Youth Center is closed until further notice (last updated June 5).
Our mission is to empower children, youth, and families to be active, responsible members of society while strengthening their connection to the communities in which they live.
Children, Youth, and Families, also known as the Longmont Youth Center, provides a variety of no-cost bilingual (English/Spanish) services to help the City of Longmont’s children, youth, and families reach their greatest potential. The Youth Center offers youth development and family engagement programs, professional counseling, early childhood education, and community problem solving services.
Youth in grades 6th-12th can drop into The Zone program at the Youth Center after school, on days off, or throughout the summer. Youth can grab a snack, hang out with friends, play games and sports, get homework help, prep for college, or record in our music studio! Learn more about The Zone.
In partnership with the St. Vrain Valley School District, the Youth Center offers no-cost homework help Monday-Thursdays from 4pm-5pm (school days). Youth can get help from current and retired teachers as well as professional tutors. Youth can earn special prizes and privileges for working on homework, reading, or writing in a quiet, relaxed environment. Learn more about Scholars Club.
Youth Original Recording Studio
Explore your musical side in our professional recording studio at the Youth Center. Anything goes – speak it, play it, sing it, rap it; if you like it, we’ll record it! Learn more about the Youth Original Recording Studio.
Interested in getting involved with youth issues impacting your community? Join the Longmont Youth Council to help advise City Council on issues that matter to you. Past projects include Halloween for the Hungry, Tobacco Prevention, Diversity Day, and Anti-Vandalism, mental health awareness, anti-vaping efforts, and more! Learn more about Youth Council.
ASPIRE Post-Secondary Planning
If you are a first-generation college student or are interested in learning more about life after high school, the Youth Center's ASPIRE Post Secondary Planning sessions can help. Connect with us to learn how to apply to college, identify financial aid opportunities, chat about your career interests, and discover which post-secondary path might be right for you. Learn more about ASPIRE.
Parents Involved in Education (PIE) is a multi-agency collaborative effort, of which the Youth Center is a part, aimed at engaging monolingual Spanish-speaking parents in their child’s education. Learn more about PIE.
Short-term counseling services are available at the Youth Center to help youth and families address issues, improve communication, mediate conflicts, and set goals for the future. The Youth Center offers individual, group, and family counseling; we provide mental health assessments to determine a youth’s individual needs; and we take referrals from schools and community agencies to connect youth and their families with the resources they need to thrive. Learn more about our counseling services.
Bright EYES (Early Years Education Stewards) is a community-based early childhood coalition, which includes the Youth Center, focused on ensuring that all children are ready for kindergarten and that each student is reading on grade-level by the end of third grade. Bright EYES brings together a variety of initiatives to help kids make a smooth transition into school, including the Mayor’s Book Club and Reading League. Learn more about Bright EYES.
Mayor's Book Club
The Mayor’s Book Club is a Youth Center program designed to foster a love of reading among the City’s 3- and 4-year-olds. This bilingual (English/Spanish) program helps increase literacy in the home so that all of our children are prepared to enter kindergarten at similar reading levels. Kids receive a free book in the mail each month until they turn 5. The Mayor and a Spanish-speaking community leader read each month’s book aloud on Longmont’s local access channel, so be sure to tune in to read along with them! Learn more about the Mayor's Book Club.
Reading League is a volunteer program of the Youth Center focused on increasing literacy among K-3 students so that these children remain at or above similar reading levels as their peers. Volunteers are provided with materials and typically read to a child once a week for 45 minutes before or after school. Learn more about Reading League.
The Youth Center's Gang Response and Intervention Program, better known as GRIP, provides gang intervention and education courses, one-on-one youth intervention, and school assembly presentations. Contact us if you think your child or teen is involved in a gang; GRIP helps youth get out of gangs and back into a more positive lifestyle. Learn more about GRIP.
REWiND is a youth diversion program that redirects youth of the municipal court system. A collaborative effort of the Youth Center, SVVSD, Probation, and City Courts system, REWiND gives youth between the ages of 10-17 who have been charged with a misdemeanor two options: they can take their case to municipal court or they can participate in REWiND. Completing REWiND dismisses the youth’s case from municipal court and seals their permanent record. It also gives youth the opportunity to learn from their actions and demonstrate readiness to make better choices for themselves and their futures. Learn more about REWiND.