The following are excellent resources for pre-teens and teens that we highly recommend.
Alcohol & Drug Use
Alateen, a part of the Al-Anon Family Groups, is a fellowship of young people (mostly teenagers) whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking whether they are in your life drinking or not. By attending Alateen, teenagers meet other teenagers with similar situations. Alateen is not a religious program and there are no fees or dues to belong to it.
Media / Product Reviews
Common Sense Media
Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. Provides objective parent-friendly reviews of media products.
Mental Health Resources
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Co-Occurring Disorders (rugrehab.com)
The brain is a complicated and delicate organ. It’s not surprising that alcohol and other drugs can cause symptoms of mental illness.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
The Mental Illness: It’s not always what you think project was initiated by Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services/ Division of Behavioral Health Services (DHHS/DBHS).
Teen Centers & Activities
District Attorney Youth Academy
Students actively learn about the criminal justice system, hear from our criminal justice partners, and engage in open communication between law enforcement and themselves concerning issues that affect youth today. Open to current Sacramento County high school students. Eligible students can apply for either the South, North, East or Elk Grove/Galt area academy.
The Grove Teen Center (CSD)
Part of the CSD Parks & Recs, The Teen Center offers recreation opportunities for students in grades 7 to 12. The afterschool program operates from 3-6 pm, Mon-Thu; 2-6 pm on Fri (closed holidays, observed holidays and staff in-service days) offers daily activities.
Sacramento City: Teen Services
The Teen Services section uses a Youth Development model in providing recreation and enrichment programs for youth ages 12 – 18 years old. Programs include the PASSage after school program, three youth vocational training programs, a middle school sports league, the 28&B Skate Park, and special events.
Sacramento LGBTQ Center: Youth Programs
The Center’s Youth Program supports vulnerable and homeless LGBTQ youth to improve their health, economic status, self-esteem, and self-sufficiency for making positive life choices with the following programs. All ongoing youth programs are free, except for a few events or activities that may have nominal charges to cover materials.
Sheriff’s Activities League
The Sacramento Sheriff’s Activities League (SAL) is a juvenile gang and crime prevention program that relies on athletic and academic activities to develop a bond between law enforcement officers and the youth in our community.
Teen Center USA Elk Grove
The center is open from 2-5 pm Monday thru Friday (12-6 during summer months) for students to come after school. Adult staff is on hand to help them reinforce values they received at school. TCUSA also provides opportunities for students to do community service work at the center as well as other community organizations.
Teen Leadership Committee (CSD)
The Teen Leadership Committee (TLC) is a leadership group that gives middle school students the opportunity to develop leadership skills, how to work in a team setting, brainstorm imaginative ideas and solutions, and maintain a positive attitude while leading or assisting in a project.
Volunteer Opportunities for Teens
Front Street Animal Shelter
Teens age 12-15 can volunteer with an adult partner. Shelter also has an intermittent Saturday Teen Program. If there is space available, teens age 12-15 may attend this program without a parent accompanying.
Serves the entire Sacramento region (Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, El Dorado and Nevada Counties) with more than 8,000+ registered volunteers and 450+ non-profits.
Sacramento City Youth Volunteer Opportunities
The City of Sacramento and its non-profit partners have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for youth and adults. These include short-term as well as on-going activities.
Sacramento Zoo Teen Volunteers
The Sacramento Zoo offers two volunteer programs for teens: zoo teens during the school year (ages 13-19) and camp counselors during the summer (15-19).
Sharing God’s Bounty
We welcome volunteers ages 14 and older, on a drop-in basis. We need dozens of volunteers each Tuesday night, as well as a few volunteers throughout the week to gather supplies and cook meals. To start volunteering, simply come to the St. Philomene School’s multi-purpose room at 5:30 PM on any Tuesday evening. No sign-up or prior notice is required.
Volunteers of America
Childcare at Mather Community Campus. This includes caring for and host activities for children infant-14 years old at the families transitional housing program, as well as hosting games and activities with the kids. Times available are Monday-Friday anytime between 9am-5pm. Volunteers age 12-17 are welcome with their parent or adult guardian.