Community Centers

Boise Parks and Recreation operates 7 Community/ Kid City centers in neighborhoods throughout the city. All of the centers provide free or low-cost programs for children, including homework assistance, art projects, games and a healthy snack. Boise Parks and Recreation partnered with Boise School District to create Garfield, Grace Jordan, Jefferson, Morley Nelson, Whitney, Hawthorne and Taft locations.  At Hawthorne Elementary, the morning program is run in partnership with the City of Boise and Treasure Valley Family YMCA

Check out the Fiscal Year 2016 Youth Services Annual Report

Want to lend a hand? We invite you to check out our current volunteer listing, and apply if interested.


Attention Teens!

What is TeenSide? 

TeenSide is a teenage organization that engages youth in their community through volunteer, service learning, and recreational projects. Teens meet, develop, and construct their own projects, identifying needs found in Boise and the surrounding area. Adult mentors lead students in projects and meetings. Students keep track of all volunteer hours spent planning and implementing projects. Volunteer hours and experiences are used for job applications and resumes, college applications, school volunteer requirements, or military service aspirations. Students learn valuable job skills and life skills, while hanging out with friends and building a connection with their community.


How does TeenSide work?

TeenSide meets the first Wednesday of every month.  Meetings take place at Whitney Community Center.
        
TeenSide is a free program open to all Junior High and High School students.

Past projects include: Repairing 55 total bikes for low-income elementary students; disposing of litter and garbage at and around the Veterans Memorial Parkway pond and park during a GeoCache scavenger hunt; helping organize food at the Idaho Food Bank; Senior Citizen Assistance projects; volunteering at the Boise Rescue Mission; presenting at the Idaho Recreation and Parks Association annual conference, and many others.


Where can I find information?

For further information, contact Barbara English at (208) 854-6625, or benglish@cityofboise.org.