Teen Connection 2023-2024

Founded as an extension of our Weed and Seed Out-of-School-Time Program, the Teen Connection Program offers FREE afterschool and summer programming for middle school and high school-aged youth grades 6-12.

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Teen Connection Mission

To provide a safe space for participants to socialize, engage in educational activities led by community partners, enhanced learning through tutoring, arts and creative projects, fitness, and fun recreational activities.

Educational Opportunities and Community Engagement

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Teen Hikes and Outdoor Adventure
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Teens outdoor rock climbing


You can register at the following locations during regular business hours:

Online registration will be available at www,lascruces.gov/Play (click on the "Online Registration" link). Registration will also be available at the following locations during regular business hours:

  • Parks & Recreation Department administrative office, 1501 E. Hadley Ave., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.
  • Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell Ave., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday (575) 339-5286.

                                             For information call the Teen Connection Program at (575) 339-5286
The program is free, and limited spaces are available and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. The program start date is Wednesday, July 19, 2023, and will serve students from sixth to 12th grade. 

The program is offered at Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell Ave. Afterschool program hours of operation will be 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and will follow the Las Cruces Public Schools calendar. During school breaks hour of program are 9:00am to 6:00pm.
Programming will consist of academic assistance, a nutritional component, various recreational and creative activities, guest speakers, and age-appropriate enrichment opportunities, in a safe and helpful environment. Special events for teens will be scheduled throughout the school year to provide all youth participants an opportunity to attend.