The Lincoln Youth Center located at 391 H St. officially opened its doors in October of 2008. It is open to middle school-age children (and some younger siblings under their direct supervision) Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The center features pool tables, air hockey, basketball, a reading/study lounge, flat screen TV, WII, a computer lab and much more! We also offer a homework-incentive program with volunteer tutors.
The Lincoln Youth Center was originally a collaborative partnership between City Parks and Recreation, the Lincoln Police Activities League, Re-Direct, and the Lighthouse Family Resource Center. Old Fire Station #2 received an “extreme makeover” on 09-02-08 by the Maloof Sports and Entertainment organization and the Sacramento Monarchs, along with Wells Fargo and Dome Printing. Through a very generous community matching funds challenge we were able to raise over $30,000 to get the program up and running.
The purpose behind the center is simple: It’s crucial that Lincoln kids have a secure place with safe and productive activities to do after school, instead of just hanging out in the streets and possibly getting into trouble.
Big thanks to Chief of Police Paul Shelgren for his tenacious pursuit of bringing a youth center to Lincoln. As the “founding father” of Lincoln PAL, Chief Shelgren worked to make a center like this a reality for over ten years. His patience, enthusiasm and dedication to Lincoln youth finally paid off and helped to make the Youth Center a reality.
The Youth Center is run primarily by one paid staff member and volunteers. Youth Services Officer Steve Krueger helps to staff the center after school Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Please help spread the word and encourage our middle-school age children to come and check out the Youth Center! All youth must have official registration forms filled out and signed by their parents/guardians before they’ll be allowed to participate. Questions or comments can be referred to Officer Krueger at 916-343-3632.