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Youth Services

The Youth Services Section is committed to working in partnership with youth, families and communities to provide programs that keep children safe, healthy and help them succeed in school and life.

Investing time in youth is investing in the community’s future…


AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

Designed to provide an affordable, quality After School program for children during the regular school year. The program helps children develop their academic, physical, and social skills in a safe and caring environment.

JUVENILE CITATION PROGRAM

The Juvenile Citation Program is an alternative program for youth offenders who commit a petty misdemeanor, or status offense. Diverts youth offenders from the formal Juvenile Justice System.

SAFE HAVEN / WEED & SEED

Provides young people and community residents with a secure neighborhood facility that offers enriching educational and recreational activities that are safe and have adequate supervision.

SUMMER RECREATION

A seasonal program for youth held at three locations, East Mesa Recreation Center, Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, and Meerscheidt Recreation Center. Activities may include arts, crafts, games, sports, field trips, and more!

YOUTH EMPLOYMENT

Information on employment opportunities for working age teenagers. Includes job descriptions for Lifeguards, Student Recreation Aides and Youth Services Monitor. All positions are within the Parks & Recreation department.

RESOURCES

Contact information on third-party agencies (not affiliated with The City of Las Cruces) which offer resources, support and social services for youths and teens.

Find out about scholarships available to families with certain economic restrictions who are eligible to receive financial assistance through the department’s Youth Scholarship Fund.

Youth Scholarship Fund