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Teens (Ages 11-17)

The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities provides a wide variety of program and activities for youth ages 11-17. All programs provide fun, safe and age appropriate activities that create opportunities for success and provide positive alternatives to undesirable activities. Contact your neighborhood recreation center for more information on teen programs. 

All participants must be City of Alexandria residents. Youth are required to show proof of residency when they register for programs and Recreation Center passes. All participants 13 years or older are required to have a Recreation Center Photo ID to gain entrance to the City’s Recreation Centers. Initial ID card is provided free of charge. Registration is required for Power-Up and specialty programs.






 Power-Up ProgramsPoweer Up Main 

Specifically designed for young teens, after school and summer activities include educational and cultural enrichment opportunities, weekly clubs, a homework center, sports, games, tournaments, field trips and special events. There's something for everyone!

  •  2014 Summer Power-Up Registration Information: For youth entering 6th-10th grade in Fall 2014. Registration begins March 19. Program operates Monday-Friday, June 23 - August 15, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Participants will be charged a $100 activity fee for the full summer. Financial assistance is available for eligible families. To register, bring a completed registration packet and payment to either school year Power-Up program, the Lee Center, or register online. Before Care is available from 7-9 a.m. at Summer Power-Up for an additional $40 per week. Register for Before Care in person or online. For more information, please call 703.746.5575.   
  •  2013-2014 School Year Power-Up Programs: Grades 6-8.  Registration for the 2013-2014 School Year Power-Up Program is currently open until filled.  Program operates September 16, 2013 - June 18, 2014.  Participants will be charged a $300 activity fee for the full school year.  Financial assistance is available for eligible families.  To register, bring a completed registration packet and payment to the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria, VA 22314, or register online.  For more information, please call 703.746.5575.
        • George Washington Middle School, 1005 Mount Vernon Avenue 
        • Francis C. Hammond Middle School, 4646 Seminary Road


Online registration is available for all Power-Up programs!  Click here to register online.  To finalize your enrollment, you must complete a registration packet and return it to your Power-Up program or the Lee Center on or before your child's start date.  If you register online, a packet will be emailed to you with your registration receipt.  Your child will not be allowed to attend the program until we receive a registration packet.





Late Night Recreation Program  

Extended teen programs and activities are offered on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6-11 p.m. at the following Recreation Centers: 

  • Charles Houston, 901 Wythe St., 703.746.5552 
  • William Ramsay, 5650 Sanger Ave., 703.746.5558 

Please contact the center for additional information. 





Specialty Programs

The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities offers a wide variety of programs geared toward youth ages 11-17.  Please see the Department's Program Guide for specific information on session dates, times and locations. Click here to register for programs online. 

  • Babysitting Training 

Ages 11-15. Earn a digital certificate in Babysitting Training. Learn to respond to emergencies with first aid, rescue breathing and more; make good decisions under pressure; communicate effectively with parents; recognize safety and hygiene issues; manage young children; feed, diaper and care for infants; start your own babysitting business.

  • Civil Air Patrol 

Ages 11 & up. Learn, lead and serve as a cadet in the Civil Air Patrol. Do you want to fly? Do you want to honor and serve America? Then rise to the challenge of cadet membership in the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol. You'll find cadet life exciting if you enjoy flying, obstacle course, model rocketry, hiking and camping, search & rescue and exploring aviation careers. For more info, contact Capt. Joseph Frech at 202.606.0119.

  • Career Paths  

Ages 13-18. This Career Exploration Program is geared toward those students who are not college bound. Teens will learn about the world of work to identify and explore potentially satisfying occupations, and develop strategies to realize their goals.

  • Royal Blue Diamonds All Girls Group 

Ages 12-15. A mentor program that focuses on topics for preteen and teen girls, such as educational matters, social development, physical development, physical health, bullying, safe place and community service.

  • Teen Leadership 

Ages 11-17. For teens by teens, this program is designed for youth to learn and practice leadership, citizenship and life skills to empower them to become competent and productive members of society. Under the supervision of recreation staff and volunteers, all meetings are conducted by the Teen Advisory Board, a group of teens that are selected by their peers to design and organize meetings and monthly events. Teens will take part in weekly and monthly events including field trips, guest speakers, workshops, volunteer opportunities, games and team building exercises.

  • Teen Trips and Events 

Various teen trips and events are scheduled quarterly through the RPCA Department including School's Out Parties, Kings Dominion Field Trips, Ocean City, MD Field Trips, etc. Please see our Program Guide for more information. 





1108 Jefferson St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703.838.6344

Office Hours
8 am - 5 pm

James B. Spengler