PROGRAMS AND SERVICES FOR YOUTH
The following information is about city programs and services for children and young adults.
It also includes links to local and regional services for children, young adults and their families.
ALHAMBRA PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
AFTER-SCHOOL PLAYGROUND & GYMNASIUM SITES
After-school youth recreation programs, managed by the Community Services Department, are conducted at the nine school sites and include activities such as team and individual sports, arts and crafts, table game tournaments, four square, kickball, and new games. [More information]
CHILDREN'S/TEENS/ADULTS ACTIVITIES (CIVIC CENTER LIBRARY
The Civic Center Library offers many activities each month to coincide with holidays and general learning.
CHILDREN'S STORY TIMES (CIVIC CENTER LIBRARY)
"Story Time" programs take place in the Children’s Room of the Civic Center Library with specific times set aside for families, preschoolers and toddlers. [More information]
There’s always family-oriented activities taking place in and around Alhambra – no matter what the time of year.
Click here for a list of upcoming events that may be of interest to families.
DAYCARE AND PRESCHOOLS IN ALHAMBRA
For a list, click here.
HOMEWORK HELP PROGRAM
This program, offered through the Alhambra Civic Center Library, is provided by high school students who donate their time to help elementary students ages 5-12 years old with homework assignments. No registration is required. Assistance is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Children ages 12 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult in the library at all times. Call 626-570-3215 or [more information].
LEAGUE AND RECREATIONAL SPORTS PROGRAMS
The City of Alhambra Community Services Department coordinates a variety of league and recreational sports. There are leagues for Youth Baseball, ages 6-15; Little League Tennis program, ages 8-11; Flag Football League; Co-Ed Volleyball Team; Cheerleading program; Basketball. Recreational sports include Badminton, Basketball (open-play), Bowling, Cheerleading, Dance, Drill Team, Physical Fitness, Golf, Gymnastics, Individual Sports (Horseshoes, Lawn Bowling, Martial Arts, Tennis & Table Tennis, Volleyball (open-play), and Walking. For more information, call 626-570-3242, or check the Alhambra Community Services Leisure Services Guide. [More information.]
POLICE STATION TOURS
The Alhambra Police Department provides Police Station tours to schools, youth organizations and other community groups. For more information, contact the Crime Prevention Office at 626-570-5177.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SERVICES
For more information, click here.
SAFE HAVEN PROGRAM
The State of California "Safe Haven" Law (or "Safe Surrender" Law) allows a person to legally and anonymously surrender a newborn child (72 hours of age or younger) to a designated official without fear of criminal prosecution. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has designated all L.A. County Fire Department stations as "Safe Haven" surrender sites, including all four Alhambra Fire Department stations. Persons who surrender a child will be given a medical questionnaire to assist medical personnel in the treatment of the infant in case a medical condition is discovered or develops at a later time. After the infant is assessed for medical needs at a local hospital, the infant will be transferred to the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). For more information about the "Safe Haven" Program, call toll-free 877-BABY-SAFE or 877-222-9723, or [more information].
SAFE KIDS AND COMPANY
This program provides comprehensive child-safety information for children ages 5 to 13, who are taught to recognize and avoid dangerous situations, and to respond appropriately to signs of danger. Several different children's safety curriculums can be taught in individual modules or as a complete and comprehensive children's safety course. The curriculum modules include Kids and Company - child abduction and molestation prevention; Safe Moves; First Aid/CPR; D.A.R.E. - Drug Abuse Resistance Education; Baby Sitting Safety; Conflict Resolution, and Gun Safety. For information, call 626-570-5177.
This program offers a unique teaching tool using props to train young children about traffic safety in a realistic setting. Props include child-sized buildings, traffic signals, and vehicles. Children traveling through Safe Moves City learn safe behaviors and how to avoid dangerous traffic hazards. The program is made possible through a generous donation by the Alhambra Exchange Club. For information, call the Crime Prevention Office at 626-570-5177.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH
FIRE EXPLORER PROGRAM - This program, associated with the Boy Scouts of America, is for young men and women who are 15 years of age or older. It provides opportunities for young people to develop leadership skills and work alongside career firefighters, paramedics, and fire prevention officers, assisting them with public education activities. Explorers typically volunteer their time on Saturdays, training and assisting with special assignments, such as open houses and community events. The program offers successful participants an opportunity for scholarships and/or sponsorship into local fire academies. For additional information, call
626-570-3270 ext. 7056.
POLICE EXPLORER PROGRAM - This program provides a means for youth, between the ages of 14 and 20, to determine through actual experience and training if they would like to pursue a career in law enforcement. Teens learn through lecture and practical experience about the day-to-day operations of the Alhambra Police Department, as well as the skills and education necessary to be a law enforcement officer. After completing the Police Explorer "Academy," Explorers may continue their relationship with the Alhambra Police Department by performing non-hazardous duties around the police station, and participating in ride-alongs with a police officer on a regular tour of duty. For more information, call
YOUTH COMMISSION - This ten-member advisory board is comprised of youth ages 14-20, all of whom reside in Alhambra or attend school in the city. The Commission is charged with conducting investigations and making recommendations directly to the City Council in an advisory capacity on matters pertaining to the activities or needs of Alhambra youth. It is also responsible for submitting an annual report of its work to the City Council. The Youth Commission meets the second Tuesday of the month at Joslyn Center, 6 p.m. For more information, contact Cynthia Jarvis at 626-570-5044.
(Click here to view a winning film production project commissioned by the City of Alhambra (California) and coordinated by the Alhambra Youth Commission (2009). The subject matter reflects Alhambra's Downtown Restaurant Row.)
YOUTH COUNSELING SERVICES
THE PARENT PROJECT - Provides parents of strong-willed and difficult children the skills necessary for dealing with difficult behavioral issues. The Project meets weekly and is completely free, but space is limited. Parents interested in participating in The Parent Project are encouraged to reserve a seat by calling “Gateway to Success” at 626-943-3410.
YOUTH DIVERSION PROGRAM - Outreach program provides “first-time” juvenile offenders an alternative to prosecution for “non-violent and non-narcotic related” offenses other than the juvenile criminal justice system. Program offers a one time only” opportunity for a first-time juvenile offender to avoid prosecution for a non-violent/non-narcotic related misdemeanor offense by participating and completing a structured plan involving mandatory counseling, maintaining acceptable school attendance and grades, and mandatory active parental participation. If you have any questions concerning either the Youth Diversion Program, please call “Gateway to Success” at 626-943-3410, or click here.
YOUTH SERVICES COUNSELORS - Two counselors are provided by the City of Alhambra to provide short-term counseling (10-12 weeks) to victims of abuse, at-risk or runaway youths (and their families) who have not been petitioned into the juvenile justice system. For more information, call 626-570-5177.
|AREA-WIDE SERVICES AND PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH
ACTION - "All Communities Together to Improve our Neighborhood"
A program of the Asian Pacific Family Center, 9353 E. Valley Blvd., Rosemead, CA 91770.
626- 287-2988 Fax: 626-285-5141.
This is a substance abuse prevention program funded by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Alcohol and Drug Program Administration. Program services and activities are implemented in five local cities, including Alhambra. There are six on-going school-based and community-based projects: (1) High School Student Outreach, Referral and Education Project (PIR); (2) San Gabriel Valley Alcohol and Other Drugs Prevention Youth Council (YC); (3) Youth Alternative Activities and After-School Life Enrichment Project (YAA); (4) "Sober and Safe" Merchant, Community and College Student Education Project (SS); (5) San Gabriel Valley Community Anti-Drug Network (CAN); (6) Methamphetamine Prevention Collaborative (MPC) Project.
ASIAN AMERICAN FAMILY ENHANCEMENT NETWORK (AAFEN)
Provided by the Asian Pacific Family Center, 9353 E. Valley Blvd., Rosemead, CA 91770. 626-287-2988. Most services are provided free of charge. The overall program goal is to provide a spectrum of educational and supportive services to Asian parents and their children to increase the safety and healthy development of the children in such families. Funded by the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services. Services of bilingual staff include:
Telephone screening and needs assessment.
Case management - assistance in understanding paperwork from school,
welfare office, and identifying needed community service programs.
Linkage services - to communicate and utilize services from counseling and treatment programs, health care providers, child care agencies, housing programs.
Parent education class and support group meetings.
Structured family activities to enhance parent-child communication and relationship.
Employment and vocational training support.
BIG BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF GREATER LOS ANGELES/INLAND EMPIRE
1-800-207-7567 / WEBSITE. Provides mentorship opportunities for at-risk youth in our community.
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF THE WEST SAN GABRIEL VALLEY
328 S. Ramona Ave., Monterey Park, CA 91754; Ph: 626-573-2831; Fax: 626-573-0437, WEBSITE. Provides
age-appropriate programs on a range of specialized topics. These include POWER HOUR, which provides help with homework; SMART MOVES, so teenagers can make healthy decisions towards the prevention of Teen Pregnancy, avoidance of Drug and
Alcohol usage, SMART Girls, which helps young girls to make good decisions; and TORCH CLUB, where young teens can learn about service to the Club and the community. The Club also offers programs called Peacemakers, Meditation, and Study Island.
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES - CHILDREN & FAMILY SERVICES DIVISION
CBC EDUCATION, INC.
1154 S. Garfield Ave., Alhambra, CA 91801; Ph: 626-458-8817; Fax: 626-458-6073. Serves families with children who have autism and/or other developmental disabilities.
CENTER FOR THE PACIFIC ASIAN FAMILY
Helps address domestic violence and sexual assault in the Asian and Pacific Islander communities.If you are in need of immediate assistance, click here or call the Center's Hotline at 1-800-339-3940.
CHILD SUPPORT SERVICES OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY
5770 S. Eastern Ave. Commerce, CA 90040; 323-889-2700 or 866-901-3212; WEBSITE
Ph: 626- 281-1550; WEBSITE. Provides information and services for individuals to make healthy, responsible decisions about sex, sexuality, and parenthood.
SCHOOL COMMUNITY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT (SCALE)
Provided by the Asian Pacific Family Center, 9353 E. Valley Blvd., Rosemead, CA 91770. Referrals can be made by submitting it in the Prevention Specialist’s school mailbox or calling 626-287-2988. This is a school-based program Gang prevention funded by the LA County Probation Department serving the 6th-8th grade Asian/Pacific Islander student population in the San Gabriel Valley. The overall goal of the program is to recognize youths showing “early warning signs” of gang-related and/or criminal activities through early identification and intervention, and help them fine healthier alternatives. Services of bilingual staff include: (1) Screening and needs assessment; (2) Linkage services such as: help to communicate and utilize services from counseling and treatment programs, community service programs, parent education class and support group meetings (3) Mentoring and guidance from an adult role model due to: Behavior, Attendance, Academic problems, Family, and/or Teacher conflict; (4) Providing support to parents in guiding students to a safer and more effective learning environment.
SGV ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS PREVENTION & POLICY YOUTH COUNCIL
A program of the West San Gabriel Valley Community Anti-Drug Network (Pacific Clinics – Asian Pacific Family Center), this group of teens seeks to build a healthy community by preventing drug abuse through education and advocacy. For more information, see their Facebook page.
SANTA ANITA FAMILY SERVICE
121 S. Santa Anita St., San Gabriel, CA 91776. 626-308-1414; FAX: 626-308-1818. WEBSITE. Affordable, professional counseling services address mental health problems through individual, family and group counseling, education and intervention services. Services Provided: Clinical services (individual, child, family counseling); school-based services; parent education groups; drug diversion groups; outpatient drug treatment groups/counseling; adult anger management groups; adolescent anger management groups; domestic violence groups; empowerment groups; adults molested as children groups; multi-family groups; adolescent groups; case management services; in-home supportive services; Asian hotline; information and referral; drug testing; and more.
UNITED WAY OF GREATER SAN GABRIEL VALLEY
5121 Van Nuys Blvd, Suite 206, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403. 818-574-3912. WEBSITE - Works with partner organizations to provide for basic needs, job training, educational achievement, and increasing financial stability for low-income and poverty-stricken individuals and families.
WEST SAN GABRIEL VALLEY YMCA
401 E. Corto St., Alhambra 91801 (626) 576-0226; fax: firstname.lastname@example.org; WEBSITE - The YMCA offers a wide range of programs intended to build healthy kids, healthy families and healthy communities. Services include day camps, aquatics, sports, aerobics and fitness programs.
YMCA WINGS - DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES
If you or someone you know needs help, call WINGS 24-hour help line at 626-967-0658. WEBSITE.
YOUTH JOB TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
CHICANA SERVICE ACTION CENTER
Job Opportunities Hotline: 800-843-9675 - Provides secretarial business courses (and on-the-job training positions); nontraditional employment program for women in the building trades; youth comprehensive center/education and employment; a 24-hour bilingual domestic hotline; and other programs that foster empowerment and self-sufficiency.
Job training and placement. Bilingual.
CHINATOWN SERVICE CENTER
Job skills training and job placement. Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, and English spoken. M-F 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. For additional information, call 213- 972-8840. WEBSITE.
EAST L.A. SKILLS CENTER:
FREE vocational skills classes and placement. English classes. GED classes. Bilingual. M-Th 7a.m.-8 p.m.; F 7:30 a.m. -4 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m.-12:15 p.m. WEBSITE
WOMEN AT WORK:
Serves as a career and job resource center serving a broad spectrum of women in the greater Los Angeles area, helping each individual to recognize and attain her full employment and earnings potential by providing job and career resources in a supportive environment. 3871 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107. Ph: 626-796-6870;
Fax: 626-793-7396. WEBSITE
|ADDITIONAL WEB RESOURCES
|Asian Pacific Family Center - Counseling service for children and families
Care.com - Provides helpful resources for finding caregivers
Internet Public Library for Teens - Information re. life, school friends and work
KidsPriorityOne.org - Connects children & families with community resources
TeenlineOnline.org - A website operated by teens for teens
4kids.org - Link to the latest "TecKNOWLEGEy" on the web
TheKidzPage.com - Children's activities, games, puzzles, clip art and more
Crayola Kids Home Page - Games, arts & crafts, card creator, and more
Cyber Sleuth Kids Home Page - Search guide for K-12 grade students
Discovery School Home Page - Includes B.J. Pinchbeck's Homework Helper
FDA Kids Home Page - Learn about health & diseases, food choices, animals, and more
KidsClick! - Web Search Tool for Kids by Librarians
Library of Congress - America's Story - Stories about America's past
Nasa Kids Home Page - Learn about space, science, rockets, astronauts, solar system, etc.
PBS Kids - Games, stories, music, coloring and more