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Columbia Association Youth and Teen Center

Want to banish the phrase “There’s nothing to do” from your child’s vocabulary? Here’s a solution you’ll both love — hanging at the Youth and Teen Center (YTC) at The Barn!

We provide preteens and teens (ages 9 to 18) with a fun, supportive place to call their own. Young people will enjoy making new friends, recreational activities, and our mentorship programs. Parents will appreciate our safe, positive environment for kids to connect with one another and the community.

The Youth and Teen Center at The Barn is a multi-purpose, two-story facility where teens can access a computer lab, watch movies, play Wii or XBOX on a large flat screen TV, or enjoy billiard tables, air hockey, ping pong and various board games in the recreation room. Our upstairs area features a mini-gym for basketball, volleyball and other games and activities, as well as a snack bar run by the entrepreneurial program.

Our programs and activities are available throughout the year after school, during the summer time, and occasionally on weekends.


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The Drop-In Program

Monday-Friday, 2:30-6pm during the school year, 2-7pm during the summer

Registration is required for The Drop-In. Serving all of Howard County and Columbia, the program operates year round, after school, during the summer and some weekends. Recreational and educational programs are designed to promote self-esteem and develop relevant life skills. The program is open to registered YTC participants ages 9-18 years old. The registration fee is $80 per participant, $50 for each additional participant.

Check YTC Monthly Activities calendar for the special activity planned for each day:

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Teens and middle schoolers invited to help plan fun events and programs for Howard County youth

If you think there is nothing for youth and teens to do in Columbia, then here is your opportunity to get involved and be a part of the solution.

Columbia Association is seeking members for its Teen Advisory Committee and Middle School Advisory Committee, which help plan, organize and implement positive programs and activities. All middle and high school students who live in Howard County are welcome.

Students can develop leadership skills, meet like-minded peers from across the county and earn community service hours. Meetings are scheduled for the first and third Thursday of each month from 5:30-6:30pm — and are held at The Barn, 5853 Robert Oliver Place in the Oakland Mills Village Center.

Those interested in applying are asked to call 410-992-3726, email CATeens@ColumbiaAssociation.org or visit the Youth and Teen Center.