Programs and Activities

The Place is partnering with Cal State LA to provide field experience for students in the Bachelors of Social Work program.  Two social work interns, under the supervision of Natasha Prime, MSW, are working 12 hours a week for the Place.  In addition to providing support during our open hours with our teens, they will be working on projects to help expand the services offered at The Place.

Activities at The Place

  • Art activity in conjunction with local art center SPACE.  Skateboard decoration.
  • Informal art activities (posters for The Place, rules board)
  • Logo design contest in conjunction with South Pasadena High School graphic design class.
  • Discussion group about suicide prevention led by a volunteer at the Suicide Hotline
  • Discussion group about family and coping skills during difficult times
  • Goal setting group for the future
  • Many informal discussions about themes brought to the center by teens (substance abuse, peer pressure, dating, school challenges, body image, etc)
  • Computers are used regularly for homework and entertainment
  • Yoga/Meditation
  • Homework help as needed
  • Math tutoring (in process of regular scheduling)
  • Providing resources to teens (crisis hotline information, alternative education resources, healthcare among others)
  • Movies (rated PG 13 or PG or G)
  • Video games (rated Teen)
  • Foosball, pool, air hockey, mini ping pong table always in use
  • Regular Monday groups on a variety of topics of interest to teens (anger management, peer relations, coping skills, dating violence, responsible sexuality, substance abuse, goal setting, etc)
  • We are establishing Pizza Fridays, hopefully in conjunction with the four local pizzerias
  • Regular snacks
  • Board games
  • Music (live and recorded)
  • We continue to set up a variety of activities as available and offered by volunteers in the community – hair and make up session, financial planning, sewing, photography are all topics we are working on setting up.