Community Centers & Recreation

In this section, you will find resources for teens and young adults who want to participate in recreational and community activities throughout San Diego County, such as local recreation centers, clubhouses for specialized needs, activities for a variety of interests, and volunteer opportunities.

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A Reason To Survive (ARTS)

A Reason To Survive (ARTS) is a nationally recognized organization based in National City of San Diego County that believes in the power of the arts and creativity to literally transform lives – especially those of kids. We believe in the therapeutic powers of the arts, but we are not clinical art therapists. We use […]

Arc of San Diego

The Arc of San Diego is one of the largest, most comprehensive providers of services to children and adults with disabilities in San Diego County. All our programs promote social, economic, and personal independence.

Areta Crowell BPSR Center

Areta Crowell Wellness Recovery Center’s services are based on the principles of psychosocial rehabilitation, with emphasis on attending to the whole person and re-establishing one’s life as a result of the consequences of mental illness, rather than simply attending to the symptoms of the illness. The services focus on recovery, rehabilitation, and community integration, and […]

Balboa Park

Balboa Park is an urban, culturally-diverse park containing numerous activities and attractions in San Diego, California.

Barona Cultural Center and Museum

As San Diego County’s only museum on an Indian reservation dedicated to the perpetuation and presentation of the local Native culture, the Barona Museum offers a unique educational journey for visitors of all ages. The museum’s collection represents thousands of years of history—some objects dating as far back as 10,000 years—and it demonstrates the artistry […]

Boys and Girls Club of Greater San Diego

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego changes lives through quality programs and guidance in a safe, affordable and fun environment. We serve kids ages 5 to 18-years old with academic success, character development, and healthy lifestyle programs at 17 community-based sites countywide. Phone numbers for each branch can be found here:

Brother Benno’s Center

Brother Benno’s was started by Harold and Kay Kutler as a Soup Kitchen in downtown Oceanside. They named it after Brother Benno Garrity, a Benedictine monk who was well known for his tireless service to the poor in the Oceanside area. The first meal was served on October 21, 1983; and Brother Benno himself made […]

Chelsea’s Light Foundation: Sunflower Scholarship Fund

The Sunflower Scholarship Fund’s purpose is simple: to find resilient and bright students who tower over others in uniqueness and splendor, who stand out from a crowd, just as a sunflower does. The Fund helps support students in two ways: Academic and “Joie de Vivre” extracurricular scholarships. The Academic scholarships will provide financial support for […]

City of San Diego: Park & Recreation

The City of San Diego Park & Recreation Department offers a variety of recreational activities and programs for both children and adults. Most of these activities and programs take place at our recreation centers and pools but some of them take place in our regional parks. See website for the phone number of the recreation […]

City of San Diego: Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers assist the City’s workforce in enhancing services to the public by performing tasks beyond the capacity and scope of current City employees, including fundraising efforts.

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