Recreation Youth and Teen Programs
The City of Pleasanton Library and the Recreation Department invites people with and without disabilities to enjoy our sites, facilities and programs. For more information about inclusion services, please visit our Inclusion Services page.
Summer Day Camps
Summer Day Camps, held at the Amador Recreation Center, includes Seekers for youth ages 6-8 years old and Explorers for 9-12 years old youth. These camps are held weekly during June-August from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Participants will engage in activities centered around play including crafts, sports and games, swimming trips to the Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center and one off-site excursion (SkyZone, Pump It Up, Boomers, or Aqua Adventures).
As participants grow older, so does their summer day camp experience. For participants in middle school (12-14 years old), either entering or exiting, the summer camp program includes two off-site excursions and participation in a service project. Teens will also visit the Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center twice a week. For the moments while they are on site teens can be found doing crafts, sports and games.
Examples of excursions teen camp has gone to in the past are Boomers, SkyZone, movie theaters, bowling and the Dublin Wave.
Examples of service projects have been spreading mulching or park clean-ups throughout our parks or East Bay Regional Parks to help our local outdoor green spaces, buddy program with younger campers, making boat boxes for younger kids, volunteering at Kids Against Hunger or Fertile Groundworks in Livermore.
Holiday Break CampsThe Day Camp program has been extended to include camps during the the Thanksgiving Break and Spring Break (observing the Pleasanton Unified School District Instructional Calendar), held at the Amador Recreation Center.
Kids Night Out
Throughout the year we host Kids Night Out where participants can have evenings to themselves, away from parents OR for parents to have an evening to themselves away from kids. The program includes games, crafts and other fun activities as well as a pizza dinner, dessert and drinks.
Middle School Night Out
Once in the fall and once in the spring, middle school students will enjoy an evening to themselves which includes dinner, drinks and desserts. Throughout this evening attendees will be engaged in an interactive performance by Pleasanton’s very own teen improv troupe- Creatures of Impulse. Attendees will think of elaborate and comical ways for characters of the improv troupe to “kick the bucket” one by one, as well as guess which character is the culprit.
Middle School Pool Party
Typically the last Friday in July, middle school students are invited to the Middle School Pool Party at the Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center. It’s one last dive to hang out with their friends before school starts. There they will have access to both the pools on the west side of the facility which includes the slide and diving boards. Additionally at the event, attendees will have the opportunity to play games to win prizes. Registration, includes the above and a pizza dinner, drinks and desserts. This event is for those entering 6th through 9th grade (those exiting their 8th grade year.)
Pleasanton Stewardship Corps
The City of Pleasanton Pleasanton Stewardship Corps (PSC) encourages learning through experiences in outdoor environmental education. The project-based learning activities are focused on empowering teens by exploring conservation and stewardship topics, skill building and outdoor activities. Service projects may be, but are not limited to, spreading mulch, pulling invasive plant species, or doing a park cleanup.
This program is 3 days over the course of 3 months, one Saturday each month. This program occurs once in the fall and once in the spring.
Leader in Training (LIT)
The City of Pleasanton Leader in Training (LIT) program helps teens prepare for future employment through training in essential job skills and engaging in meaningful volunteer work. Commitments vary based on volunteer assignment, though most participants can expect at least 2 weeks of volunteering.
- The program is open to students entering the 9th-10th grade in the fall of the following school year.
- Registration to be a LIT opens in January.
- Deadline to register to be an LIT is in March or until spaces are full.
- All LITs must attend an in-person orientation in April
- All LITs must attend a summer training
- All LITs must volunteer for AT LEAST 2 weeks
- Length of days may vary between different volunteer areas
Hands-on ExperienceStudents who participate in the LIT program will:
- Have the opportunity to volunteer during the summer
- Job shadow and gain meaningful experience within the City of Pleasanton
- Volunteer opportunities are available in the following program areas:
- Art Camp
- Drama Camp
- Gingerbread Preschool Summer Camp
- Ridge Runners
- Summer Day Camp
Ptown Life News Team
The Ptown Life News Team is a remote volunteer opportunity for high school students. Volunteers accrue service hours by creating content for an online distributed newsletter. This newsletter highlights community news and events while also providing volunteers an outlet to be creative through original articles and being expressive of themselves as they share topics that they feel are important to them and the Pleasanton community. The newsletter is published weekly during the school year excluding week long breaks, the week leading up to finals each semester and the finals week themselves. High school students who are interested in participating in the Ptown Life News Team may contact Julian Mireles.
Tri-Valley Teen Job Fair
The Tri-Valley Teen Job Fair is a collaborative effort between the cities of Pleasanton, Danville, Dublin, San Ramon and the San Ramon/ Dublin Women’s Club. At this FREE event high school students will meet and greet employers who are hiring and have a chance to sit in on workshops to build resumes, learn interview techniques and participate in a mock interview.
Youth in Government Day
The City of Pleasanton and Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD) partner to offer this event to high school students. The all-day event gives local students the opportunity to shadow city or school district staff members, as well as hear from city leaders about their work.
Next year’s event will take place on Tuesday, February 27, 2024. Check back here in early January 2024 for more information and to sign up to attend.
Tri-Valley Hacks is a hackathon hosted by Pleasanton students that challenges highschoolers to create an innovative project idea and pitch it to compete for cash prizes. Throughout this 24 hour event, attendees will learn about a variety of CS topics, compete in games and have fun with friends, all in a completely free event! This event also includes dinner, breakfast, snacks and drinks.
Next years event will take place on Saturday, June 29 – Sunday, June 30. Check back here in spring of 2024 for more information and to sign up to attend.
Youth & Teens Office
4333 Black Avenue
Pleasanton, CA 94566
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