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Teen centers offer fun after-school options

Teen centers offer fun after-school options

Lakewood’s two teen centers offer safe, fun and positive ways for teens to spend their free time after school, including a holiday trivia bowl event on Dec. 15.

At both the Lakewood Youth Center and the Teen Resource Center at Bloomfield Park, teens can socialize with friends, do homework, and play video games while in the company of outgoing and responsible recreation staff.

The Lakewood Youth Center, located at Del Valle Park, is open Monday through Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. and on Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. 

The Teen Resource Center, located at Bloomfield Park, is open from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 12 to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. On Saturday, December 15, their "Holiday Trivia Bowl" will be held from 5 to 8 p.m.

Events are free. For more information, call the Lakewood Youth Center at 562-429-7472 or the Teen Resource Center at 562-865-1717.

Each center offers different Friday or Saturday night social events for teens, such as movie nights, flag football tournaments, gaming tournaments and excursions. See all the events at

Teen centers offer educational opportunities, too. The Teen Resource Center has weekday programs including Job Assistance, Homework Assistance and Teen Tech Talk. Call Bloomfield Park at 562-865-1717 for each program's days and hours.

Teens interested in volunteering can get an application and project information at either teen center. Teens must be at least 12 years of age, willing to follow through on a volunteer commitment and interested in helping the community. Teen volunteers work through the city's Recreation and Community Services department.