Middleton Youth Center

A FREE after school and summer program for 5th -8th grade youth
Kromrey Middle School: 7009 Donna Drive, Middleton (Pick-up at Door #3)

COVID 19 Update: The Youth Center is closed while schools are closed. 
Connect with us on Zoom! Every weekday from 4-6pm until June 5th - see the weekly program schedule below. Zoom link and password are in the Youth Center Google Classroom, accessible to all currently-enrolled Youth Center students.

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Donate online here!

Summer Program: June 15th-August 6th 
* 1-3pm Monday-Thursday: Rotating Parks in-person program
* Pre-recorded activity videos
* Special Zoom events

After School 2020: TBA
Enrollment will begin in late-July

Contact Us!
Email: ghinahara@mcpasd.k12.wi.us
Cell: (608) 225-2451
Office: (608) 821-8363

Connect with the Youth Center on Zoom on "school days" from 4-6pm! Activities run from 4-5pm. Homework help is available from 4-6pm. Below is the weekly activity schedule:

  • Mondays: Social Justice
  • Tuesdays: Girls Inc.
  • Wednesdays: Spoken Word and Girl Scouts
  • Thursdays: Boys Group
  • Fridays: Online Games!

Youth Center staff are distributing weekly boxes of food/supplies to families in need each Monday while school is closed.

  • Please email ghinahara@mcpasd.k12.wi.us or call (608) 225-2451 by Sunday evening if your family would like to be added to our list for food and supply box deliveries for the next day.
  • If you would like to support Youth Center families in need, please donate to the Youth Center here. Please write a comment when you donate to specify that your donation is to supports our families during the school closure.

We have created a google doc of resources for online learning, activities, and general resources for families. We will be continually updating it as we learn of new resources, so keep checking in!

Spring and Summer Schedule Updates:

  • Now until June 5th: Virtual Youth Center from 4-6pm will continue through the last day of school
  • June 8th-12th: As usual, the Youth Center will be closed the week after school gets out
  • June 15th-August 6th: Since the Youth Center does not have access to Kromrey or to buses this summer, we will be running an alternative summer program that will include a one day per week in-person program for each student at a nearby park + pre-recorded activity videos that can be watched at home anytime + special Zoom events to keep the kids connected!
    • Youth Center staff will run outdoor, socially-distanced (6 feet apart) programs + snack at a different park each day of the week Monday-Thursday (Orchid Heights, Lakeview, Woodside Heights, and Parkside Heights)
    • Each student should sign up for ONE PARK/DAY that they will attend weekly. Due to COVID-19, we cannot mix groups of students. Enrolled families should check their email for the sign-up form or email Gabrielle at ghinahara@mcpasd.k12.wi.us


Summer 2020 Enrollment - closed

To be added to the wait list, please return a complete Summer 2020 Packet.

Turn in Forms by email (ghinahara@mcpasd.k12.wi.us) or by Mail to:
Middleton Youth Center
7426 Hubbard Avenue
Middleton, WI 53562


  • Mentoring Program: Focused on students who attend the Youth Center 3 days/week or more
    • Each staff member is matched with 10-15 students that they check-in with weekly
    • Mentor meetings will focus on goal-setting, behavior planning, academic accountability, parent engagement, trauma-informed care, and new program development
  • Homework Help: Available on school days from 4-6pm
    • Includes access to high school tutors and communication with school day teachers if needed. 
    • Separate rooms are designated for quiet studying, group study, and tutoring support. 
    • Homework room is an optional choice for YC students. If you would like to require your student to attend the Homework Room or the check-in on homework completion before participating in other YC activities, please contact us.
  • Drop-in Enrichment Activities: At least one drop-in activity is offered per day from 4-5pm
    • Drop-in activities are available to all enrolled Youth Center students
    • Examples: art, sports, etc.
  • Mini-Courses: Month-long activities that run 1x/week from 4-5pm. 
    • Mini-courses allow for longer-term projects and skill building. 
    • Examples: Beginner field hockey, photography, swimming lessons, spoken word poetry, international cooking, etc.
  • Free Choice: From 5-6pm on school days
    • Examples of free choice activity options: art, sports, playing at Fireman’s Park, board games, xbox, wii, computer lab, listening to music, hanging out with friends, homework help, etc.


Gabrielle 2018Gabrielle Hinahara, Director

Gabrielle has directed the Middleton Youth Center since it’s reopening in 2014. She loves working with middle school students and finds this work very fulfilling. In particular, Gabrielle enjoys building relationships with the Youth Center’s students and families, supporting the staff and interns, and finding new ways to grow and improve the program. Gabrielle grew up in Middleton and went to college at UW-Madison. She studied environmental studies and Spanish and began working with young people through outdoor education and sustainable agriculture. Outside of her time at the Youth Center, she loves riding her bike, dancing, gardening, travelling, and spending time with the 12 housemates, friends, and kids that live in her co-op house.

John Hunter, Assistant DirectorJohn

John was born in Madison and has lived here most of his life. He graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI in 2012. Before working for the Middleton Youth Center starting in 2015, John worked for one year at the Bridge Lake Point Waunona (BLW) Community Center on the south side of Madison as a PASS AmerCorps Member. John’s interests include playing and watching sports, fishing, reading, and playing video games.

Danielle 2018Danielle Moore, Youth Worker

Danielle is super excited to be working at the Middleton Youth Center! In 2016-2017, Danielle served as one of the Youth Center’s PASS AmeriCorps members, tutoring students in Literacy at Kromrey, helping supervise the homework room, and leading activities like photography and hip hop dance. Since then, Danielle has worked part-time as the Youth Center’s Youth Worker and this summer is once again serving as a PASS AmeriCorps member. Danielle is a student at UW-Madison and is working on getting a degree in Elementary Education with a Math/Science Minor. During her free time, Danielle enjoys running, hanging out with friends, and sometimes being lazy and watching Netflix. She has also recently developed a passion for exploring different cultures!

Connor Hobart, PASS AmeriCorps MemberConnor

Connor is from Palmyra, WI (a small town about 60 miles southeast of Middleton). After graduating high school in 2014, he attended UW-Stout and studied Applied Social Science. Connor is new to the Madison area, currently living in Monona with his girlfriend and their cat. He’s extremely excited to be serving full-time at MYC! In his free time Connor enjoys listening to music, being active outdoors, gardening, reading, cooking, and spending time with loved ones. Connor leads Boys Group at the Youth Center, in addition to several other mini-courses.

MaddyMaddy Carroll, UW School of Social Work Intern

Maddy has had a variety of experiences working with youth in afterschool programs and in mentoring settings. Maddy grew up in Wauwatosa, WI with her parents and younger brother. She has two campus jobs at UW. She works for Residence Life as an RA in the dorms, and she is a facilitator for Adventure Learning Programs, an organization that puts on teambuilding workshops using ground activities and high and low ropes course challenges to foster community. In her free time, Maddy enjoys any outdoor activities, particularly walking, running, camping, hiking, and swimming. She also enjoys spending time with friends, eating ice cream, watching Netflix, and listening to music. Maddy leads Social Justice Club at the Youth Center.

Besa Asani, UW School of Social Work InternBesa

My name is Besa Asani and I am a current senior social work student studying at UW-Madison. I have hopes on intending graduate school in the next year to one day become a school social worker. I am from Madison, and one of my favorite things to do is attend the farmers market on Saturday mornings. My hobbies include; listening to music, traveling, and gardening! My friends would describe me as; friendly, a good listener, open-minded and easy-going. Besa leads Girls Inc. at the Youth Center. 

Akshita1Akshita Pattnaik, High School Intern

Akshita was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and moved to Middleton when she was 5. She is now in 11th grade at Middleton High School! She is super excited to be working at the Youth Center for a second year. She always loves to meet new people and learn new things! In her free time, Akshita is often playing tennis, laughing with her friends, or playing one of the many instruments she plays. When she’s not doing any of those things, you can find her listening to music or watching her favorite shows on Netflix. Akshita’s parents were both born in India so she loves to celebrate and show off her culture! Akshita helps to lead Girl Scouts at the Youth Center.

Rachel Belter, UW School of Social Work Intern (Masters)Rachel

Rachel is joining us as an intern through May of 2020. Rachel has a long history of service in Dane County. She spent two years as a PASS AmeriCorp member working with middle school girls. She spent two years working on Allied Drive at the MSCR Safe Haven in after school and summer programming. She currently works for Rise, Inc. as a home visitor doing  play based programming with preschool age children and their caregivers. She also works in the Respite Center at Rise, Inc which provides care for families lacking large support systems. Rachel loves doing art with anyone, feel free to ask her to draw with you. Rachel has four dogs and one human child. Rachel is an extrovert and enjoys talking. 


The Middleton Youth Center is a free program funded by the City of Middleton, Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District, and Dane County. However, in order to be able to offer high-quality programming and field trips, we depend on donations from community members. 

If you would like to support the work of the Middleton Youth Center, please donate online or send your donation to:

Middleton Youth Center
7426 Hubbard Avenue
Middleton, WI 53562


  • Tutors for the Homework Help Room: (4-6pm) Tutors work with students one-on-one or in small groups, and help keep the homework room a quiet, productive space. We ask that all tutors are able to help with 5th-8th grade level homework in all core subject areas and commit to one day per week for at least one semester.
  • Weekly Activity Leaders: (4-5pm) Activity leaders commit to planning or supporting a 1-hour long activity once per week for at least one month. For example, leading a weekly art class.

To be considered for a volunteer position, please submit the Volunteer Packet to ghinahara@ci.middleton.wi.us

Youth Center Students Goal Setting PRE Survey, click here.
POST Survey, click here.

Student Mentor Evaluation, click here.

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