505-662-31001450 Iris St. Los Alamos, NM 87544

Española Teen Center

The Española Teen Center is a safe and caring environment that promotes positive core values.
We provide programming that promotes self-discipline, builds self-esteem and teaches life skills essential to future success.

Latest Newsletter

Latest Calendar

Teen Center Executive Summary

2016 Teen Center Fact Sheet
2017 Teen Center Impact Report

Española Teen Center Major Supporters

Anonymous Donor


City of Española

Clothes Helping Kids, Inc.

Con Alma Health Foundation

Cross Connection, Inc.

Del Norte Credit Union

Desert Sun Auto Group Española

Lineberry Foundation

Los Alamos National Laboratory Community Programs

Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation

Lou Santoro State Farm Insurance

New Mexico Community Foundation, Pojoaque Valley Fund

Nancy Park

Presbyterian Española Hospital

Presbytery of Santa Fe, Mission in the North

Rio Arriba County

Santa Fe County

State Farm Insurance

United Way of Northern New Mexico

Additional support has been provided by Susan Herter, Kelly Myers, PMI (Performance Maintenance Incorporated), Hoy Recovery Program, Northen New Mexico College Athletics, Senator Richard Martinez, Rio Grande SUN, Rio Arriba County Health Council, Faculty and Staff at Northern New Mexico College, Alicia Fine Jewelers, Attorney Sheri Raphaelson, Española Public Schools, First Judicial District Attorney's Office, Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Office, A Plus Plumbing & Heating, Inc., Zia Credit Union, New Creation in Christ Ministries and Valley View United Methodist Church.


We value youth and seek to fulfill a commitment to provide support, educational opportunities and recreation resources to the teens of Española and surrounding communities. The Y has a 60+ year history in northern New Mexico and expertise in meeting critical community needs, such as outreach to youth.

The Y exists to build the whole individual, including his or her character. Our mission is to build individual, family and community strength by focusing on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We endeavor to do this by providing positive, self-esteem building programs and recreational opportunities. We stress the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility in all programming and interactions.

The Y has several collaborating partners such as the City of Española, Rio Arriba County, and Santa Fe County to offer engaging, relevant, educational and skill building programs. Programs include tutoring, robotics, cooking and nutrition, gardening, sports, strength conditioning, GED classes with Access New Mexico.

The Mission of the Española YMCA Teen Center is to strengthen the efficacy of community youth.

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Center Goals

  1. to host a sustainable, vibrant prevention and intervention outreach center;
  2. to support mastery of educational benchmarks through tutoring and educational programs;
  3. to mentor and assist the teen population toward higher education;
  4. to mentor and encourage compassion, caring, respect and responsibility in the teen population; and
  5. to foster healthy lifestyle choices.

Membership/ Usage

Teen Center membership is FREE, and available for teens ages 12 to 19.
Registration with parent and teen signatures is required.

Youth Board

Youth are encouraged to join the Y’s Youth Advisory Board that will provide guidance in program offerings.

Center Programs

The Center has:

  • Computer lab with 15 PCs that feature a quiet/study area and tutors for students who need assistance
  • Social and recreation area with pool tables, table tennis, foosball, lounge/TV area; exercise equipment; air hockey;
  • Classroom/instruction area for workshops and classes including cooking, crochet and wood working.
  • Outdoor recreation court, with the opportunity to play basketball, volleyball and tennis.

Center Address

808 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park Road
Española, NM 87532 - Map
Ph: 505.747.6569
Email: b_sandoval@live.com or studenttechcenter@windstream.net

Year-Round Hours of Operation

12:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M.
Occasional extended hours, weekends or evenings, may be scheduled per special events requested by youth, or for specific programs.

Programming is aimed at developing a sense of purpose and hopefulness in participants in regard to their own skill and their ability to positively impact change. Programs include cultural arts and educational offerings by local experts, and leadership skills programming.