Palm Coast – A partnership between Flagler Schools and the City of Palm Coast will allow for an after-school teen program at the Palm Coast Community Center. Beginning August 30, the program will be available to Indian Trails Middle School students from 2:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. each school day.

Flagler Schools will provide bus transportation from Indian Trails Middle School to the Palm Coast Community Center. The City’s Parks and Recreation Department will supervise the students through a variety of activities. 

This new program will create a supportive and productive environment for teens while fulfilling a need for middle school aftercare. A counselor-in-training program will be offered during the aftercare program as a means to train students to become future camp counselor with the Parks and Recreation Department.

The program is free and will begin with between 50 to 75 students, with the hopes of doubling the amount of student participants in the near future. Additional enrichment programs will be offered for a small fee, such as robotics and rowing.

“We’re excited for this teen program to get started and we know that it will be a great experience for the students as well as their parents,” Lauren Johnston, Chief of Staff for the City of Palm Coast, said. “We are ready to have fun and we are very thankful for this partnership with Flagler Schools.”     

Currently the only teen aftercare program in the county is the Flagler County Youth Center, and it has reached capacity. The past-president previously approached the City of Palm Coast requesting that the City begin an after school teen program for students on the north side of town – mainly focused on Indian Trails Middle School and Matanzas High School students.

For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at the Palm Coast Community Center by calling 386-986-2323 or register at parksandrec.fun/teens