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:
June 18th-August 9th M-R hours TBD

After School Program 2017-2018

Open Every School Day 3:45-6pm














1) Sports
2) Girls Inc.
3) Homework

1) Group Games
2) Cooking
3) Homework

1) Sports at Offsite
Gym until 5:30pm*
2) Open Art
3) Homework

1) Sports
2) Radio Club
3) Art
4) Homework

1) CANStruction
2) Women's History, Roblox/Minecraft
3) Homework


1) Girls Hip Hop Dance
2) Free Choice
3) Homework

1) Free Choice
2) Homework

1) Free Choice
2) Homework 

1) Free Choice
2) Homework

1) Free Choice
Computer Time
2) Homework Room


  • Literacy Activities with Middleton Public Library:  The Library's Outreach Librarian, Amy, leads a monthly activity at the Youth Center with a focus on literacy skills! Below are some of the collage silhouettes that students created last week:IMG_20180308_172734356

  • 4th Annual Spring Showcase: Thursday, April 12th 5:30-7pm  Mark your calendar for the Youth Center's annual family and community event! Attend this open house to see displays, videos, and performances showcasing the work of Youth Center students from the past year! Meet partner organizations, Youth Center staff, and students involved in the program.

  • Girls Inc: The Youth Center recently joined Girls Inc. of Greater Madison! Girls Inc. will be meeting on Mondays and is open to any student who self-identifies as a girl. The focus of Girls Inc. is to raise girls who are strong, smart, and bold. Our girls have chosen to focus Girls Inc. this spring on art, girls and women in the media, and sexuality and healthy relationships. Any girl who wants to participate needs to turn in a Girls Inc. permission slip (available in English and Spanish at the Youth Center)

  • CANStruction Team: Our annual CANStruction Team (in partnership with Mead & Hunt) meets on Fridays until the end of April! Students will work with professional engineers to design and build a sculpture entirely out of non-perishable food. Completed structures will be displayed at West Towne Mall at the end of April, and all food will be donated to the M.O.M. Food Pantry.

  • Sports Club will be offsite at the Fighter's Memorial Park Indoor Baseball Practice Facility on WEDNESDAYS from January 3rd-March 20th from 4:15-5:30pm! Students will still meet at the Youth Center for snack and will take a bus to and from the facility. Directions to Firefighter's Park.

  • Parents and caretakers, please make sure that your student is aware of the Youth Center's expectations. A reminder of a few:
    • Students are required to CHECK-OUT with a staff member before they leave the Youth Center.
    • Students are required to participate in an activity from 4:15-5:15pm. There are typically two activity options to choose from in addition to the homework room. Recreational cell phone use is not permitted during activity time.
    • Respectful behavior and appropriate language is expected at all times. In a conflict, students must use respectful language to express themselves and are encouraged to get help from a staff member if necessary. Physical violence is not a solution.


  • Open to incoming 5th-8th grade students. Accepting enrollment all year!
  • All students need to have a completed enrollment packet on file to participate. Download below:
  • Waivers and advanced sign-up will be required for certain field trips and will be sent out in advance


  • 3:45-4:15pm: Free after school snack
  • 4:15-5:15pm: Structured activity options and homework room
  • 5:15-6pm: Free choice and homework room


  • Homework Help is available on school days from 3:45-6pm and includes access to high school tutors and communication with school day teachers if needed. 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.
  • Daily Enrichment Activities including art, sports, gardening, music, drama, science, photography, cooking, Girls Group, and more!
  • Community Service and Leadership opportunities including Leadership Club, Trick-or-Treat so Others Can Eat, and CANStruction.


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.

SolinnaSolinna Chong, Intern

Solinna is currently a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin's social work school in Madison. She did her undergrad at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign where she majored in psychology and social work. Solinna was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She loves to try new things, but her usual hobbies are drawing, dancing, and listening to music. She hopes to get to know all the kids at the youth center, and is excited to start her first year here!


  • 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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