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Parks & Community Services

kids playing basketballAt-Risk Youth

Breadbox Recreation Center

(831) 758-7908

The Breadbox is a Non-traditional recreation center with an emphasis on our community youth. It offers a variety of drop-in recreation programs and services for youth with opportunities to participate in activities that foster friendships, and encourage
a healthy lifestyle through the participation in positive recreational experiences.

The Breadbox also offers several Middle School Dances, Band Nights, and 3-on-3 Basketball Tournaments throughout the year. For more information, contact Recreation Coordinator, Armando Barragan at (831) 775-4234.

The Second Chance Youth Program and Alisal Center for the Fine Arts are also housed at the Breadbox and offer a variety of services and programs in addition to the City sponsored programs. Second Chance offers gang intervention programs and the Alisal Center for Fine Arts offers various classes including vocal instruction, dance classes, art classes and other multimedia classes. For information on these programs, please call Second Chance at (831) 758-4820 or Alisal Center for the Fine Arts at (831) 758-5715.

Hebbron Family Center

(831) 758-7354

The Hebbron Family Center offers a Youth Homework Center, Computer Lab Summer Programs, Karate Classes, Girl Scout Troop 541, and Citizenship Classes. Hebbron Heights Family Center also offers a Teen Lounge, which allows teenage students to hang out and just kick back with their friends in an environment designed for youth. We offer pool, free use of Internet access on our lap top computers, the latest Xbox games being projected on a “larger than life” screen and a variety of other in-house activities. In addition to the regular after school hours, the Teen Lounge is open Monday - Friday before school from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. and on Saturday evenings from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
For more information on Hebbron’s teen program, please contact Mark Bruszer, Recreation Coordinator at (831) 775-4231.

Weed & Seed Initiative

The Hebbron Family Center also houses the Weed & Seed Initiative, a Federal Grant Program through the Department of Justice. The two primary goals of the Weed & Seed Initiative are (1) Eliminate violent crime, drug trafficking, and other drug related crime from targeted high crime neighborhoods; and (2) Provide a safe environment, free of crime and drug use for law-abiding citizens to live, work, and raise families.

The Weed & Seed strategy involves a two-pronged approach to crime control and prevention. First, law enforcement agencies and prosecutors cooperate in “Weeding” out criminals from the designated areas; and second, “Seeding” efforts through various service partners bring prevention, intervention, treatment, and neighborhood revitalization services to the area.

A Weed & Seed Executive Steering Committee comprised of local law enforcement agencies, various community organizations and (3) residents of the target area, ensure the goal and objective of the initiative are being met. The Executive Steering Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month at the Hebbron Family Center. These meetings are open to the public and the Executive Steering Committee encourages input and feedback from the community.

For more information on the Weed & Seed Initiative, please contact Armando Barragan, Weed & Seed Coordinator at (831) 775-4234.


Organizations Providing Programs for At-Risk Youth
Second Chance Youth Program  external link (831) 758-4820
Salinas PAL  external link (831) 682-3647
Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County  external link (831) 757-4412
Silver Star Youth Program  external link (831) 796-1658
Sun Street Centers  external link (831) 753-5135
Salinas Adult School  external link (831) 796-6900

Teen Scene at the Community Center


Offered at any one of the following locations:
Breadbox Recreation Center
Monday - Friday
3:00 p.m. - 8:00 pm.
(831) 758-7908
Hebbron Family Center Monday - Friday
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 am.
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 pm.
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 pm
(831) 758-4232