Middleton Youth Center

A FREE after school and summer program for 5th -8th grade youth
Clark Street Community School, 2429 Clark Street, Middleton

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

October Mini-Course sign-ups are due Wednesday, 9/26!













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

1) Drop-in: Free Art
2) Mini-Course:
Capture the Flag
and Variations
3) Homework

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

1) Drop-in: Free Art
2) Mini-Course: Soccer
3) Homework

(No School)


1) Free Choice
2) Homework

1) Free Choice
2) Homework

1) Free Choice
2) Homework

1) Free Choice
2) Homework


  • Enrollment Update: Enrollment for the Youth Center's 2018-2019 after school program is currently FULL. To be placed on the waitlist:
    • 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

  •  OCTOBER MINI-COURSES: Mini-courses run once per week for one month. Signing up for a mini-course means that students commit to attending all dates. To sign-up, complete and email the October Mini-Course sign-up form or at the Youth Center. Sign up for as many or few as you like. Sign-up is due: Wednesday, 9/26
    • MONDAYS (10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22)                                                                4:15-5:15pm
      • SOS: A Middle School Survival Kit  l  Norah                                       Limit: 10 students
        • Students will learn skills related to self-care and confidence! Topics and activities will include: breathing exercises, coping with anxiety and daily stress, taking a class from a certified yoga instructor, exploring different learning styles, and physical activity as a solution to stress.
      • Fall Recipes  l  Danielle                                                                         Limit: 10 students
        • Students will cook common fall recipes including: apple turnovers, applesauce, trail mix, chicken pot pie, and pumpkin bread. Students will also learn measuring and safe knife skills.
    • TUESDAYS (10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23)                                                                4:15-5:15pm
      • Girls and Women in Media (Girls Inc.)   l  Liel                                      Limit: 10 students      
        • Over the course of 4 weeks, we will discuss the role of women in fairy tales, ads, music videos, and the future. How are they portrayed and how does it reflect in real life? We will also do various fun activities together including creating our own Girls Inc. magazine.
      • Recording and Scriptwriting for Radio   l  Haley                                Limit: 10 students      
        • With the help of Corey, Lussier Community Center’s Radio Station Manager, this month’s Radio Club will create and write a radio script and learn how to record it in a digital audio workstation. The November and December radio mini-courses will help to complete the show.
    • WEDNESDAYS (10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24)                                                      4:15-5:15pm
      • Makers Club  l  Akshita                                                                         Limit: 10 students      
        • This mini-course is provided in partnership with DANEnet, a non-profit dedicated to making information technology accessible. Students will participate in a variety of hands-on science and technology activities. Makers Club will also run for four weeks in November.
    • THURSDAYS (10/4, 10/11, 10/18, *No School 10/25*)                                      4:15-5:15pm
      • Ultimate Frisbee  l  John                                                                         Limit: 16 students      
        • In this mini-course, students will learn the basic rules of Ultimate Frisbee and practice the proper ways to throw and catch. Each session will include drills and fun games while we work towards a full scrimmage the final week. No Ultimate Frisbee skills necessary to sign-up! 
      • FRIDAYS (10/5, 10/12, 10/19, *No School 10/26*)                                     4:15-5:15pm
        • Justice Talking: Disability and Mental Health  l  Haley                Limit: 10 students      
          • Justice Talking is a social justice discussion and activism course. This month, students will tackle topics such as accessibility, health care, and mental health stigma throughout the United States. What more is there to be done, and what can we do in our own communities?

  • September Mini-Courses: Please check below to see which mini-courses your child is enrolled in this month.
  • MONDAYS (9/10, 9/17, 9/24)                                                                        4:15-5:15pm
    • BAKING  l  Norah and Liel                                                               Limit: 10 students
    • Students Enrolled: Nevaeh N, Savannah L, Sam K, Emmy M, Flynn M, Claire Y, Nevaeh T, Jaidan R, Alice Y, Mia N
  • TUESDAYS (9/11, 9/18, 9/25)                                                                        4:15-5:15pm
    • CAPTURE THE FLAG & VARIATIONS   l  Haley and Liel                Limit: 20 students             
    • Students Enrolled: Danielle B, Hannah W, Jessica S, Jasmine S, Jahnn F, Harper F, Kayden Y, Thomas S, Ariana S, Nevaeh T, Magnus G, Ethan K, Ely H, Alex S, Ryan P, Cameron S, Ben B, Greg G, Connor D, Rex P, Kenan S
  • WEDNESDAYS (9/12, 9/19, 9/26)                                                                 4:15-5:15pm
    • PHOTOGRAPHY  l  Akshita                                                              Limit: 8 students   
    • Students Enrolled: Emily C, Jaidan R, Elizabeth M, Hannah W, Stephen H, Kisah F, Ariana S, Magnus G
  • THURSDAYS (9/13, 9/20, 9/27)                                                                   4:15-5:15pm
    • SOCCER  l  John                                                                             Limit: 16 students           
    • Students Enrolled: Jessica S, Jasmine S, Harper F, Alex S, Ryan P, Mauricio R, Hayley H, Cameron S, Kayden Y, Amarion O
  • FRIDAYS (9/14, 9/21, 9/28)                                                                         4:15-5:15pm
    • JUSTICE TALKING  l  Haley                                                           Limit: 10 students             
    • Students Enrolled: Nevaeh N, Savannah L, Hannah W, Jasmine S, Ariana S, Jose R, Ethan K, Jamila A, Joanna R, Alex M, Hayley H


  • 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 Hinaha22308533_10107418989582287_8479291338288276923_nra, 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 11 housemates and friends 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 a year at the Bridge Lake Point Waunona Community Center on the south side of Madison as an AmeriCorps PASS Member.

DanielleDanielle 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 member, tutoring students in Literacy at Kromrey, helping supervise the homework room, and leading activities like photography and hip hop dance. Danielle is a student at UW-Madison and is planning to get a degree in Elementary Education with a Math 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. I can’t wait to get to know all of you and having a great year at the Youth Center!

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.


  • 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

Youth Center Students Goal Setting PRE Survey, click here.
POST Survey, click here.

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