TEEN PROGRAM

Have fun in a safe and supportive environment

GMVCC offers a variety of programming for teens in grades 6-12. We provide opportunities in educational enrichment, creative expression, service and leadership, and social activities for building friendships and community. Our staff guides teens through activities and helps them grow and value themselves personally.

For more information about the Teen Program, please email Angela, or call 425-432-1272.

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Youth Council

Maple Valley Youth Council is a peer program for 6th-12th grade teens designed to build partnerships for positive healthy development that engage youth as active leaders in their communities. Youth Council fosters leadership, resiliency, and protective factors in young people through action-oriented meetings using fun activities and a high-energy format. 

Adults may also volunteer in such capacities as chaperones, mentors, instructors, and event judges to help with Youth Council activities and events.

For application information, email Angela or call the Community Center at 425-432-1272.

 

Datewise Violence Prevention

DateWise is the anchor for our overall violence prevention campaign. This peer-led teen dating violence prevention and healthy relationship skill-building program is offered in local school districts and throughout the wider community. Using the concepts incorporated in the DateWise curriculum, staff and volunteers bring violence prevention education into venues as diverse as the Youth Council, summer leadership experiences, community festivals, and our Senior Program. We strive to address different categories of violence—domestic abuse, child abuse, elder abuse, etc.—in order to break the cyclical nature of this societal problem. If you have more questions, or would like to schedule a 60-90 minute Datewise Presentation at your school or organization, please email Angela

VOLUNTEER TO BE A DATEWISE PEER EDUCATOR

DateWise student peer educators from the Tahoma School District are trained to lead interactive presentations regarding dating violence, provide statistics, lead discussions and group activities, all in a large group setting. Teachers and other adults are also invited to participate as they provide another perspective on the topics being taught. DateWise peer educators develop leadership skills through various lessons and team building activities. A one-school-year commitment to trainings and presentations is required. Students will complete extensive training sessions at The Den Youth Center. Contact Angela for more information and permission slips.

Crisis Information & Referral Links & Resources

If you are in a crisis, please call the 24 hour crisis line at 866-4-CRISIS.

For more links and resources, please visit the following websites.

Teen Link   |    Crisis Clinic

 

Summer Program

If you have children that are going into 6th-12th grade and they like to participate in community service projects and go on fun trips, then youth summer camps at the Den is for them! This positive and proactive summer enrichment program, which is led by trained GMVCC program staff, is centered on community service and building leadership skills that focus on respect, making a difference, integrity, authenticity, courage, service, humility, and wisdom. Summer program runs for 7 weeks during the summer and consists of one fun trip and one community service project per week.

We will be having other activities going on all summer long at the Den so please make sure to check your monthly newsletters to see what is going on!

 

Study Zone

The Greater Maple Valley Community Center is pleased to offer Study Zone homework help at The Den Youth Center for teens grade 6-12 after school on Mondays and Thursdays from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm. Schedule subject to change, so please always check the calendar before coming. Computers and printers will be available for use. There is no cost for Study Zone.

Download Permission Form (PDF 133 KB) and please bring the completed form to your first day! Bus Routes may be available, contact your school to find out. 

 
 

LGBTQ and Counseling Services

Counseling Services

The Greater Maple Valley Community Center has entered into a partnership with Kent Youth and Family Services to provide counseling with a focus on co-occurring disorders.

The partnership will target youth 13-21 years old with both mental health and substance abuse challenges. Counseling will include co-occurring, group, and family counseling and will be based at the Den Youth Center adjacent to the Community Center.  Assessments and evaluations will also be available at this location.

LGBTQ Support

The Den Youth Center provides a safe, supportive, interactive, and engaging environment for all teens that encourages trust, empathy, mutual respect, and learning for the purpose of fostering awareness, self-advocacy, a sense of community, voice, and leadership.

LGTBQ INFORMATION AND REFERRAL

If you are in a crisis, please call the 24-hour crisis line at 206-461-3222.

For more links and resources, please visit the following websites.

OPEN | M-F 8:30am-5:00pm

22010 SE 248th Street

Maple Valley, WA 98038

PHONE | (425) 432-1272

Fax | (425) 432-3211