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

December Weekly Schedule














1) Drop-in: Sports
2) Mini-Course:
Finger Knitting
3) Mini-Course:
Holiday Cooking
4) Homework

1) Drop-in:
Basketball at KROMREY
2) Mini-Course:
Holiday Cards
3) Mini-Course:
Radio DJing
4) Homework

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

1) Drop-in: Art/Games
2) Mini-Course: 
Boys Group
3) Homework

1) Drop-in: Art/Games
2) Mini-Course:
Justice Talking
3) Mini-Course:
4) Homework


1) Free Choice
2) Homework

1) Free Choice
2) Homework

1) Free Choice
2) Homework

1) Free Choice
2) Homework

1) Free Choice
2) Homework


Mini-courses run weekly for one month from 4:15-5:15pm. Students should commit to attending all dates. Please complete and turn-in the sign-up sheet to the Youth Center or by email by Thursday, 12/20.

  • MONDAYS (*Closed 12/31*, 1/7, 1/14, *Closed 1/21*)
    • Whoopensocker  l  Liel & UW Arts Collaboratory                                          Limit: 20 students
      This is a 3-month (January through mid-April) creative writing, improvisation, and performance program for 5th-6th graders. This program will involve artists/performers who involve students in improvisation games, brainstorming story ideas and core story elements, writing and performing stories individually and in groups, and will culminate in a performance at the Youth Center Spring Showcase on April 18th. Students are strongly encouraged to be involved for the entire program from January-April.
  • TUESDAYS (*Closed 1/1*, 1/8, 1/15, *Closed 1/22*)          *Drop-in Basketball at KMS*           
    • Radio Recording  l  Corey & Norah                                                                 Limit: 10 students
      With the help of Corey, Lussier Community Center’s Radio Station Manager, we are running a new round of Radio Club this semester! This month we will focus on creating and writing a radio script and learning how to record it in a digital audio workstation. Radio Recording will continue into February.
  • WEDNESDAYS (1/2, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23)            
    • Bollywood Dance  l  Akshita                                                                             Limit: 10 students
      Learn about Bollywood Dance by watching video clips and even learning your own choreography!
  • THURSDAYS (1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24)             
    • Minecraft  l  John & Nevaeh J                                                                            Limit: 15 students
      Students will participate in a variety of Minecraft challenges designed by Youth Center students.
  • FRIDAYS (1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25)        
    • Justice Talking: MLK and His Legacy  l  Haley                                                 Limit: 10 students
      Justice Talking is a social justice discussion and activism course. This month, student will tackle the complex history and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and Black organizing in the United States. They will also organize a service project that will run at the end of the month


To be placed on the waitlist (first-come-first-served):

  • New Families: Complete a 2018 Enrollment Packet (available for download below and at the Youth Center)
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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.


  • This fall the Youth Center is debuting an updated program model! More information can be found in the documents below:
  • 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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