by Avia Ashland
The Santee Teen Center has an after school recreation program. It’s mission is to provide a safe and healthy environment for teens where they’re shown respect and get a feel for the kindness in the community. The City of Santee offers an after-school bus to students for grades 6-8. It picks them up from their school then transports them to the Santee Teen Center at the Lakes. Although transportation is only offered up to grade 8 anyone seventeen and under can attend and be part of the fun. The Center is open everyday after school from 2:30-6:00pm, adjusting to the local schools schedules, closing on all school holidays and weekends. A membership with registration is required for a small fee and can be turned in at the Santee City Hall or Teen Center at the Lakes. An annual membership is $44 for Santee residents, $59 for non-residents, and $5 per day, though your first day is free. You can come and experience the vibe and decide if it’s something you’d like to participate in and be part of or not.
The Teen Center is a fun place to go because it’s fully equipped with computers, a kitchen, outdoor space, and a pool table. A monthly calendar is posted online so you always know what new exciting events may be taking place there. Some activities often organized are trips to the library, sports, fishing, games, bike riding, pool table, board games, crafts, cooking, video games, computer programming,and much more. They also have on site tutors prepared to help any students with their after school assignments. Additional fun events they offer are city hall dances that any teen center members in grades 6-9 may attend. Teens stay safely supervised by CPR and First Aid certified Santee employees. Parents you can feel safe leaving your children. The Teen Center is a great, safe opportunity for students to go to after school where they can make friends and spend time away from their technological devices and enjoy the environment around them.