Local Spotlight: Stockton Teen Spaces

A space to call their own

We shouldn’t ignore the stress our teens are managing. It is important to recognize they need space to relax, decompress, and to simply to be a kid too. In particular, our high school seniors need to find spaces to manage the stress of Senior Year. Where can teens go in Stockton, California?

Little to no-cost spaces

The Podesto Teen Impact Center has many activities from bowling to basketball to rock climbing to a music studio! They have convenient after school hours and also are open on Saturdays. Check out their website here.

The Teen Impact Center is located at 725 El Dorado St, Stockton, California. They have lots of activities and programs for teens!

Stockton’s community centers and libraries have all increased their services and programming thanks to Measure M! Find programs in your area with the 2019 Activity Guide.

Stribely Community Center is located at 1760 E Sonora St, Stockton, California within Stribely Park. I have fond memories of playing here in my youth, long before this beautiful remodel. There’s a public library, gym, basketball court, and lots of open spaces to hang out. Foosball anyone?!

Don’t forget church! Look into teen activities held at your church. For example, my church Lifesong, has an involved teen group with activities throughout the year. Up next is the Youth Back to School Bash Friday, Sept 13 6PM – 10PM!

Lifesong is located at 3034 Michigan Ave. Stockton, California. It’s so heartwarming to see the teen group involved in different areas of the church.

Oh, to be a teen today

Now, I’m going sound old. Things just aren’t the way they used to be when I was a teen! Actually, we adults have to stop thinking this way. We’re never going to have the 1980’s arcades-at-the-mall again. Sorry, we can’t have the 1990’s back either. Our teens need new spaces. What does that look like? We have to ask them. So, go ask them! I’d like to hear what your teens thought a space for teens would look like. Share in the comments!


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