Youth Programs

Clarkston Youth Development Program

Our after school middle and high school program was the result of an ongoing need to address many problems faced by the young adults in their homes, schools, and social communities. These issues include addressing: youth violence, cultural diversity, health inequities, and obstacles to educational attainment. High School students, identified by the Community Center, teach their peers on a subject matter every week for 10 weeks. On Tuesdays, we will train the High School students on a subject, for example, bullying.  On Thursdays, the trainers will present their topic to the students and lead the discussions around the topic.  This will be interactive and informational.  The goal is to improve the self-image and understanding for these middle school students by addressing hard and important topics.  It is vitally important to City of Clarkston that the students have an alternative to gangs. By joining the after school program these students will become confident and address the issues which they will face on a daily basis.

This program is being sponsored by the DeKalb County Youth Services and the Clarkston Community Center and is open to students ages 10-18 years of age. If you are looking for where to engage your children under this age category after school, or know someone who may benefit please reach out to Justine Okello at the Clarkston Community Center for registration or any form of inquiry. programs@clarkstoncommunitycenter.org | Call: 404-508-1050 

Summer Camp

The Clarkston STEAM-Plus Summer Camp, STEAM standing for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math welcomed  children between the ages of 6-14. Breakfast and lunch were provided for each day of camp. 

Our summer camp was geared towards improving literacy and academic skills for low-income youth and teens in a fun, creative atmosphere. The camp experience also built stronger English language skills for those who are new to this country and bolsters self-confidence for participants, especially for girls and young women.  Our camp was taught by experienced teachers experienced in working with multicultural youths and always strive to give them the best of their knowledge and creativity.

The campers explored and created eco-art, assemblage art, painting, drama, dance, and gardening as well as tackle core subjects like science, mathematics, social studies and English. There was also 3D printing, computer programming, and architectural design which will strengthen their technological skills in computing.