Youth Programs (Pre-Teen & Teen Programs)

Pre-Teens and Teens programs push the boundaries of traditional recreation. These programs strive to reduce idleness among teenagers and pre-teens and prepare them for the future. These programs aim to increase the readiness of young people through high-quality, and community-supported events, programs, and services.

Most importantly, M-NCPPC provides programs and other activities that invest in the future of teenagers and pre-teens, ages 10 to 17. Check us out to learn more about our programs and all the exciting recreational adventures that await you!

Pre-Teen and Teen Programs

Teen Vocal Showcase

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY RESIDENTS AGES 10-18  are cordially invited to audition for the 2024 Teen Vocal Showcase! Selected soloist will have the opportunity to perform and compete at the Historic Publick Playhouse for a grand prize of $1000.

Total Access Youth ID Cards – It Starts Here

Youth ID cards are available FREE to residents ages 6 to 17. Youth ID cards provide access to:

  • Community center drop-in activities and amenities at centers throughout the county (classes not included)
  • The Pre-Teens & Teens Weekend Program on Fridays and/or Saturdays from 7 to 10 p.m. at recreation facilities throughout the county (times may vary by site)
  • Use of community center fitness/weight rooms for teens ages 13 to 17 (if you’re 13 to 15, you’ll need supervision by an adult with a valid fitness pass)
  • Trips, performances, and sports
  • Community service learning projects
  • Leadership and employment opportunities

Get a FREE M-NCPPC Youth ID card, come into any M-NCPPC community center in Prince George’s County with a parent or guardian (who is over the age of 18) and bring proof of your age (ages 6-17) and proof of residency in Prince George’s County or Montgomery County.

For more information, call 301-699-2255; MD Relay 711

Pre-Teen and Teen Nights

Every Friday and Saturday, community centers hold activities for teens and pre-teens, ages 10-17, to promote positive youth development through a variety of specially designed activities by Teens and for Teens. Teen night activities include basketball, trivia, game nights, dancing, and more. Contact or visit your local community center to keep up with their teen night activities. Most teen nights are from 7 pm to 10 pm. Follow us on social media for additional and up-to-the-minute information on events and activities.

Safe Summer

Safe Summer is M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation’s late-night summer recreation teen program that offers extended community center hours for teens and young adults who are Prince George’s County residents. This program runs from June to August between the hours of 7-11:30 pm at multiple locations and community centers throughout the County listed below.

Safe Summer offers recreation, safe spaces, and positive youth development for participants. For more information about Safe Summer and daily activity schedules, visit

El programa Verano Seguro o “Safe Summer” es un programa nocturno de recreación deverano de M-NCPPC, Departamento de Parques y Recreación que ofrece recreación,espacios seguros, desarrollo juvenil positivo y un horario extendido del centro comunitariopara jóvenes (de 10 a 17 años) que son residentes del Condado de Prince George’s.

El programa se lleva a cabo de junio a agosto entre las 7 y las 11:30 pm en varios sitios y centroscomunitarios en todo el condado (listados a continuación). Para obtener más informaciónsobre el programa “Safe Summer,” visite

Summer 2023 Schedule

Bladensburg Community Center
4500 57th Avenue, Bladensburg 20710
Mon-Sat, 9:00–11:30 PM (Ages 13–17)

Glassmanor Community Center
1101 Marcy Avenue, Oxon Hill 20745
Mon-Sat, 9:00–11:30 PM (Ages 13–17)

Glenarden Community Center
8615 McLain Avenue, Glenarden 20706
Mon-Sat, 9:00–11:30 PM (Ages 13–17)

Hillcrest Heights Community Center
2300 Oxon Run Drive, Temple Hills 20748
Mon, Wed, Fri, & Sat, 9:00–11:30 PM (Ages 13–17)
Tue & Thu, 9:00–11:30 PM (Ages 18–24 for Basketball League)

Good Luck Community Center
8601 Good Luck Road, Lanham 20706
Fri – Sat, 9:00–11:30 PM (Ages 13–17)

John E. Howard Community Center
4400 Shell Street, Capitol Heights 20743
Fri – Sat, 9:00–11:30 PM (Ages 13–17)

Palmer Park Community Center
7720 Barlowe Road, Landover 20785
Mon – Thu, 9:00–11:30 PM (Ages 13–17)

Suitland Community Center
5600 Regency Lane, Forestville 20747
Mon-Sat, 9:00–11:30 PM (Ages 13–17)

Kentland Community Center
2413 Pinebrook Road, Landover 20785
Fri – Sat, 9:00–1:30 PM (Ages 13–17)

Oakcrest Community Center
1300 Capitol Heights Boulevard, Capitol Heights 20743
Mon-Sat, 9:00–11:30 PM (Ages 13–17)

Rollingcrest-Chillum Community Center
6120 Sargent Rd, Chillum 20782
Wednesdays, 8:00–11:30 PM (High School Girls Basketball League)

Temple Hills Community Center
5300 Temple Hill Road, Temple Hills 20748
Mon-Sat, 9:00–11:30 PM (Ages 13–17)

North Brentwood Community Center
4012 Webster Street, North Brentwood 20722
Mon-Sat, 9:00–11:30 PM (Ages 13–17)
Tue & Thu, 9:00–11:30 PM (Ages 18-24 for Basketball League)

Potomac Landing Community Center
12500 Fort Washington Road, Fort Washington 20744
Mon-Sat, 9:00–11:30 PM (Ages 13–17)
Tue & Thu, 9:00–11:30 PM (Ages 18–24)

Seat Pleasant Activity Center
5720 Addison Road, Seat Pleasant 20743
Mon-Sat, 9:00–11:30 PM (Ages 13–17)

Upper Marlboro Community Center
5400 Marlboro Race Track Road, Upper Marlboro 20772
Fri – Sat, 9:00–11:30 PM (Ages 13–17)

William Wirt Middle School
6200 Tuckerman Street, Riverdale 20737
Mon – Fri, 9:00–11:30 PM (Ages 13–17)

Mis Quince Program

Mis Quince program is a 12-week, integrated, and comprehensive teen program that celebrates the transition into adulthood through the tradition of “Quinceañera.”  The program runs annually from September to December.

Girls, ages 14 to 15, participate in workshops related to etiquette, dance, health and fitness, self-defense, college preparation, personal development, and service projects.

Volunteer Opportunity

Males, 13 and older, interested in participating as dance partners receive volunteer hours while learning formal dances, attending educational trips and workshops, and taking part in the final performance.

Additional Information

Please call 240-623-6165; MD Relay 711 or email

Youth Arts Corps

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The Youth Arts Corps is in its 2nd year of running. The vision for the program is to have professional artists and educators work with and lead two groups (ages 6 to 8) of youth artists. Since its inception, the program has created 14 murals throughout the county park system. The murals are site-specific and feature historic images and points of interest surrounding the installation site. The murals range in size from 4’x 8’ to 4’ x 56’. 

In addition to murals, this year’s team created two collages that feature 2020 as the theme. Each college represented the trials and tribulations that youth and the community at large experienced in 2020. From missing graduation and prom, Black Lives Matter, etc. Additionally, the team designed and executed two bottle cap murals with whimsical themes. 

  • Applications for the position in the Youth Arts Corps are accepted throughout the year. Each applicant must include a portfolio of work along with references and a resume.

Youth Advisory Council

The M-NCPPC Youth Advisory Council (YAC) in Prince George’s County is established through the Department of Parks and Recreation. The YAC gives youth in Prince George’s County meaningful leadership experiences designed to make programs more youth-driven and promote youth engagement and higher attendance at facilities and special events.

The YAC is comprised of about 20 high school-age youth living in the County. YAC offers priceless opportunities for teens to have an active and formal leadership role and voice in the County, as well as in the Department of Parks and Recreation’s administration, plans, programs, activities, policies, and decision-making process.

With the benefit of YAC’s feedback, effective advocacy, advice, and recommendations, the Department and County are better able to meet the specific needs of the youth in Prince George’s County, which is the paramount objective of the YAC. YAC members initiate, develop and implement community service projects and special events throughout the school year, including fun, sociable, and safe teen events.

Membership Benefits

As a member of YAC, one can expect to receive many rewards and benefits, including:

  • Receiving unlimited leadership-building and training opportunities
  • Enlarging your network by serving with a countywide and diverse group of youth, as well as community members and County leaders
  • Traveling and participating in youth leadership conferences, seminars, youth retreats, and educational and cultural field trips inside and outside the County
  • Adding this prestigious accomplishment to your resume distinguishes you from other teens
  • Earning student service learning credits or community service hours
  • Gaining expertise in developing county-wide youth projects not available elsewhere


To apply, send your name, resume, school information, and list of extracurricular activities to Meetings will be held in person at various community centers and will be held online via Microsoft Teams/Zoom.

Additional Information

Email Stephen Makle or Hejatu Bah (or call: 301-446-3416; MD Relay 711 with any additional questions.