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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.

Please note:

The resources and services in this directory are provided by external partners and not by San Diego Center for Children.

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Japanese Friendship Garden

The mission of the Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego is to educate, engage, and inspire present and future generations of diverse backgrounds about Japanese culture and community legacy through exhibits, programs, and the preservation of a Japanese garden.

(619) 232-2721

Jewish Family Services

Since 1918, Jewish Family Services of San Diego has been a trusted community resource for individuals and families in times of need. Our wide range of integrated services empower individuals & families to move toward self-sufficiency, support aging with dignity, and foster community connection & engagement throughout San Diego County and the Coachella Valley. JFS provides essential services to people regardless of religion, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, ability, gender identity/expression, or sexual orientation.

(See website for locations in other counties in San Diego.)

(858) 637-3210

Just in Time for Foster Youth: LEAP Council Program

LEAP builds the capacity for young former foster youth to share their stories, connect, inspire and advocate on behalf of fellow current and former foster youth. In providing networking experiences, public speaking opportunities and strategic sharing training, LEAP provides Ambassadors with the necessary skill sets to be effective and knowledgeable liaisons to Just in Time’s services, develop professional leadership skills, and give back through youth engagement, community outreach and event planning.


LGBT Community Center: Hillcrest Youth Center

The Hillcrest Youth Center (HYC) is the only drop-in and recreational center in San Diego County dedicated to the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and HIV+ (LGBTQ+) youth. HYC is committed to providing a safe and affirming space for LGBTQ+ youth.

(619) 692-2077 Ext. 122

McAlister Institute- New Hope Teen Recovery Center

McAlister Institute Teen Recovery Centers (TRCs) provide substance abuse treatment, recovery, and education for adolescents who are using, misusing, or abusing alcohol and/or other drugs. Each program accommodates teens’ school schedules, offering after-school treatment, individual and group counseling, and structured recovery activities to help teens develop the tools they need to stay alcohol- and drug-free. Programs are conveniently located for easy access and now offer satellite locations at schools throughout the County.

(619) 442-0277

Media Arts Center

The Media Arts Center of San Diego promotes access to film and video as tools for community self-expression and social change and supports the professional development of media artists.

(619) 230-1938

Mental Health America of San Diego County: Visions Clubhouse

Visions Clubhouse is a client-operated rehabilitation and vocational center offering self-help support groups, life skills, social activities, vocational and pre-vocational training, and psycho-social rehabilitation to individuals with mental illness.

(619) 420-8603

Metro Community Ministries San Diego

Metro is the social service and community development arm of the forty-eight United Methodist Churches throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties. Since it was established, Metro has been a vehicle for churches to reach the least, the last, and the lost. Metro also works with community members to effectively live in society and assist them in becoming more knowledgeable regarding their rights and responsibilities as members of their neighborhood.


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): Friends In Hand Clubhouse

NAMI’s Friends In Hand Clubhouse provides free support (not treatment) for recovery for adults recovering from mental illness.


Neighborhood House Association: Friendship Clubhouse

Friendship Clubhouse strives to create a safe, supportive environment that is sensitive to each member’s unique needs. Friendship Clubhouse focuses on socialization, social and independent living skills enhancement, wellness and recovery, recreation and vocational rehabilitation. The goal of Friendship Clubhouse is the empowerment of members to re-establish their normal roles in the community and to successfully re-integrate into community life through active participation in the planning and achievement of their personal recovery goals. Friendship Clubhouse members can choose how often they attend the program and in which activities they participate. Membership in the program is not a prerequisite to attend program activities or benefit from its services.

(619) 263-6269

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Use the tools below to find the community centers & recreation resources that fit your unique set of needs.

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  • Services Specifically For

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The resources and services in this directory are provided by external partners and not by San Diego Center for Children.

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Bank of America

St. Germaine Children's Charity

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We do not endorse any specific organization listed nor are we responsible for ensuring the quality of the services listed. Users should always select services at their own discretion. Additionally, this information is subject to change as funding for programs can shift over time, though we do our very best to keep the resource center as up-to-date as possible.

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