Youth & Teen Services

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Our Vision

"Empowering our city's future citizens & leaders to lead positive, opportunity-filled lives"

Mission Statement

Empower youth by creating an enriching and stress-free environment through recreational programs and services that foster physical, mental, and social development.



Year Round Programs and Opportunities 

Techie Teens (NEW) 

Recruitment for Techie Teen volunteers is open! Please click here for an application. Applications due Friday, August 23rd, 2019 at 17:00.

The primary goal of Cupertino’s Techie Teens volunteer program at the Senior Center is to help teens give back to the community by engaging the 50+ community to assist in developing their technological skills. Our volunteers can expect to gain the following experiences: leadership roles, public speaking opportunities, interpersonal communication, and much more. While anyone between the ages of 14-18 may apply, we would like to remind all applicants that space is limited and acceptance into the program will be based on answers to supplemental questions, availability, and interview performance.  Any teen with a strong desire to work with our 50+ population is encouraged to apply.  Successful applicants will be enthusiastic, dedicated, and devoted to providing our 50+ population with an enriching experience.

Requirements & Expectations

Techie Teen Volunteers that are selected to the program will be expected to meet the following requirements:

  • Must be at least 14 years old by the first day of training
  • Attend all training meetings
  • Be fingerprinted and cleared
  • Volunteer for a minimum of 2.5-3 hours every other week for the full duration of the program (September 17, 2019 - May 9, 2020)
  • Must create and present a 30 minute workshop at the end of the session in May
  • Must provide own transportation to and from program sites
  • Arrive on time for shifts and stay for the whole duration of scheduled shift
Youth Activity Board 

Recruitment for YAB is CLOSED. Check back for updates in 2020.

The Youth Activity Board (YAB) is a leadership group which consists of 13 highly dedicated middle and high school students who plan and lead events for youth and teens in Cupertino.  The Cuperitno YAB work with Recreation staff and the Cupertino Teen Commission to develop these new programs.  The main goal of the YAB is to create engaging and fun activities which local youth can participate in every other month. 

Membership on the board is a privilege and only the most qualified teens will be able to serve on the board. 

Teen Center

All 6th through 12th-grade students are welcome to be teens at the Teen Center,  Cupertino Residents are free. The Teen Center is supervised by trained Recreation Staff who are able to provide a safe and very fun environment for everyone. The Teen Center can be used as a safe to hang out, a place to do homework, or good place meet new friends. The center includes computers, free Wi-Fi, Nintendo Switch, Wii U, Wii, PS4, Netflix, movies, pool table, ping-pong and much more.

Cupertino Teen Commission 
Recruitment is CLOSED for the 2019-2021 term. Recruitment for 2020-2022 will begin in spring 2020.

The Teen Commission is a group of nine students from Cupertino who are selected by the City Council members to serve the Cupertino community as the voices of the youth and teens of Cupertino. More information about meetings and upcoming application periods can be found on the City Commissions page.  Consider attending a meeting, event, or apply for the Teen Commission and be the Teen voice of Cupertino! 

Teen Classes & Programs
Visit Reg4Rec for a full listing of classes. Classes include: SAT/PSAT Prep, Communication Classes, AP Computer Science, Group Guitar, Teen Potter's Wheel, Sports, and much more!

Teen Volunteer Opportunities
The City of Cupertino has numerous volunteer offerings throughout the year.

Seasonal Programs & Events

<hack> Cupertino 2019 

Saturday, April 13th to Sunday, April 14th at Quinlan Community Center

Cupertino's Teen Commission together with the Cupertino Recreation Department is hosting <hack> Cupertino, a 13-hour overnight hackathon designed to solve a problem presented during our Opening Ceremony. Participants must be between 13 and 18 years old (must have a 2018-2019 school ID or show proof on School Loop). Teams are maximum of 4 people. Top 3 winning teams will receive awards and be formally recognized by Cupertino's City Council at a televised meeting.

Lifeguard Academy
Cupertino's premier lifeguard academy will give you all the skills necessary to become a quality lifeguard and make the transition into summer job. Applications are taken up to 1 week before the start of a session. For more information, please call 408-777-3120.

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