Middleton Youth Center

A FREE after school and summer program for 5th -8th grade youth
Clark Street Community School, 2429 Clark Street, Middleton

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Gabrielle Hinahara
Youth Center Director

John Hunter
Youth Center Assistant Director

Office: (608) 821-8363
Cell: (608) 225-2451
Fax: (608) 827-1057
Email: middletonyouthcenter@ci.middleton.wi.us

Open every school day from 3:45-6pm

Summer 2018: M-R June 18th-August 9th
Bus Route: 10:30am-11:15am
Free Lunch: 11:15am-1:15pm
Youth Center Program: 1:30-5:30pm
Bus Route: 5:30-6:10pm

April Weekly Schedule














1) Drop-in: Sports
2) Mini-Course:
3) Homework

1) Drop-in:
2) Mini-Course:
Swim Lessons
3) Mini-Course:
Radio Club
4) Homework

1) Drop-in: Sports
2) Mini-Course:
Girl Scouts
3) Drop-in: Art
4) Homework

1) Drop-in: Sports
2) Mini-Course:
Computer Art
3) Mini-Course:
Movie Making
4) Homework

1) Drop-in: Sports
2) Mini-Course:
Hip Hop Dance
3) Homework
4) CANStruction
(4/5, 4/12)


1) Free Choice
2) Homework

1) Free Choice
2) Homework
3) Walking back
from Swim lessons

1) Free Choice
2) Homework 

1) Free Choice
2) Homework

1) Free Choice
2) Homework

CANStruction 2019 Team!

The Middleton Youth Center and Mead & Hunt are organizing a team of Kromrey students to participate in CANStruction Madison 2019: a competition and fundraiser for the M.O.M. Food Pantry! Students will help to design and construct a sculpture built out of non-perishable foods. All food will then be donated to the food pantry. Kromrey students, even if they don't attend the Youth Center, are invited to join our team! If you child is not currently enrolled at the Youth Center, please complete this permission slip to participate. Permission slips can be emailed to the Youth Center or turned in to the Youth Center in person.

Our team will meet on the following dates:

- Fridays: 3/1, 3/8, 4/5, 4/12  Snack from 3:45-4:15pm  CANStruction Meeting from 4:15-5:15pm at the Youth Center (at Clark Street Community School)

- Wednesday 4/24: Build Day at West Towne Mall (times TBA)

Sign-up Due Thursday 4/25

  • MONDAYS                                                                                                                  (4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20)
    • Exploring Yoga and Meditation  l  Norah
      • Come take care of your body and mind. We will explore different kinds of yoga and mindfulness meditation and learn how to make essential oil lotion!
  • TUESDAYS                                                                                                                   (4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21)
    • International Cooking  l  Danielle
      • Each week we will learn how to cook a recipe from a different country or culture!
  • WEDNESDAYS                                                                                                            (5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22)
    • Girl Scouts: The Science of Happiness  l  Akshita & Annie
      • Do you enjoy making slime, vision boards, hand scrubs, or shower melts? Welcome to Science of Happiness. You’ll have tons of fun creating community service projects and things for yourself.
    • Swimming Lessons Session #2  l  Norah + Certified Water Safety Instructors (WSIs)
      • FREE Swimming Lessons! Students will walk to the Middleton High School Indoor Pool and receive a 45-minute lesson from certified WSIs! Students will be divided by ability-level (assessed on the first day). Students who want to improve their swimming skills and increase their confidence in the water are especially encouraged to participate. The Youth Center can provide swimsuits and goggles if needed – please contact us to arrange this.
  • THURSDAYS                                                                                                                (5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23)
    • Girls Personal Fitness l  Haley                                                               
      • This is a girls only space where we will work toward our personal fitness goals together, focusing on healthy body attitudes, exercises we can do on our own at home, and developing strong bodies and minds.
    • Continuing Mini-Course: Movie Making  l  John & YC Student Leaders                                                     
  • FRIDAYS                                                                                                                      (5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24)
    • Social Justice in Sci Fi and Fantasy l  Haley        
      • Justice Talking is a social justice discussion and activism course. This month, students will tackle the long history of social justice in science fiction and fantasy. This may include discussion about tropes and storylines in Harry Potter, Marvel, Star Trek, and other media.
Spring Showcase 2019


Summer Enrollment (Begins 4/1)

  • All summer participants must complete a 2019 Enrollment Packet (even if you currently attend the Youth Center).
  • 2019 Summer Enrollment Packets will be distributed online and available at the Youth Center starting April 1st
    • Returning students and siblings: Guarantee your spot for summer by submitting a completed 2019 Enrollment Packet by April 15th
    • New students: All additional enrollment openings will be filled first-come-first-served after April 15th . To sign-up, submit a completed 2019 Enrollment Packet.
  • After all summer enrollment openings are filled, additional students will be placed on a waitlist and will be contacted if spaces become available
  • All families will be contacted within two weeks after their 2019 Enrollment Packet is received to confirm whether their student was accepted or placed on the waitlist.

After School 2018-2019 Enrollment (Currently Full)

  • A completed enrollment packet is required for all students. The 2018 enrollment packet covers the 2018-2019 school year. Waivers and advanced sign-up will be required for certain field trips and will be sent out in advance.To be placed on the waitlist (first-come-first-served):
    • Returning Families: Contact the Youth Center to see if your child's Enrollment Packet is up-to-date and request to be placed on the waitlist.
    • New Families: Complete a 2018 Enrollment Packet (available for download below and at the Youth Center)
  • 2018-2019 Bus Form (Optional-must be resubmitted each year) To ride a bus after school from Kromrey to the Youth Center. The summer bus route does not require any form to ride.
  • As spaces become available, families will be contacted in the order that their enrollment packet is received

Drop-in Basketball at Kromrey Field House from 3:40-5pm
Every Tuesday until Spring Break!

Youth Center students can participate in drop-in basketball at the Kromrey Field House every Tuesday from 3:40-5pm from now until Spring Break. Students should go straight to the Kromrey Field House, where they can sign-in with Youth Center staff and get an after school snack before playing basketball. This activity is limited to the first 20 Youth Center students who sign-in. If drop-in basketball is full, students can still go to the Youth Center after school. At 5pm, students must either be picked-up at Kromrey or they will walk with Youth Center staff to the Youth Center, which closes at 6pm.


  • 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 3:45-6pm
    • 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 4:15-5:15pm
    • 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 4:15-5:15pm. 
    • 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 5:15-6pm 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 February of 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. John’s interests include playing and watching sports, fishing, reading, and playing video games. 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.

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. 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!

Haley Nippert, PASS AmeriCorps MemberHaley

Haley was born and raised in the suburb of Naperville, Illinois, where she spent the first 20 or so years of her life. After graduating from Neuqua Valley High School in early 2013, she initially attended the University of New Haven before transferring to UW Madison. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies, with the intent of attending graduate school in the future. During her time at UW-Madison, Haley was the Culture Editor of Moda Magazine, one of UW’s many PubCom publications. And while she can’t say she’s a big Badger devotee, she remains an avid fan of both their men and women’s hockey teams. Her favorite activities include reading, playing Trivial Pursuit, and marathoning The West Wing on Netflix. She hopes to build on the relationships she’s formed with students during the summer term, whether it’s through assisting in homework room, helping them create art in Radio Club, or simply being a listening ear.

Liel 2018

Liel Hagen, Intern

Leil is currently finishing her senior year as an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she is majoring in Social Work and Scandinavian Studies. Liel was born and raised in Norway, moved to Chicago at the age of twelve, and came to Madison for college. In her free time, you can find Liel hanging out with her friends, exploring new restaurants, or at concerts. She is looking forward to getting to know each and every one of the kids at the Youth Center, and is super excited to start her first year here!

Norah 2018

Norah Stark, Intern

Norah is very eager to start this new experience working at the Middleton Youth Center. She has a passion for working with youth and is currently attending Madison college for her associate degree in Human Services and technical in addiction studies. Before starting school, Norah worked as a behavioral technician at Wisconsin early autism project where she was inspired to start schooling. During her free time Norah enjoys spending time with her siblings, cats and dogs, as well as Akshita.jpgyoga, reading and playing Mario kart.

Akshita Pattnaik, High School Intern

Akshita was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and moved to Middleton when she was 5. She has been going to school in Middleton for eleven years-she is now in 10th grade at Middleton High School! She is super excited to be working at the Youth Center for the 2018-2019 year after volunteering here Spring 2018-Summer 2018. 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!


  • Tutors for the Homework Help Room: (4:15-6pm) 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: (4:15-5:15pm) Activity leaders commit to planning or supporting a 1-hour long activity once per week for at least one semester. For example, leading a weekly art class.

To be considered for a volunteer position, please submit the following forms to MiddletonYouthCenter@ci.middleton.wi.us

Middleton Recreation Volunteer Form
Youth Center Volunteer Information


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 send your donation to:

Middleton Youth Center
7426 Hubbard Avenue
Middleton, WI 53562

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