1st Mondays of the month
Creative art projects brought to you by the Columbia Art Center. Registration fee is $25/$10 materials fee. Fees are per class.

Inspiring success and positive changes! For all male youths, this free program focuses on providing the life-changing skills and educational tools necessary to live successful and productive lives. Activities include discussions on special topics, guest speakers, educational and recreational outings. Parent involvement is required. All male youths registered in The Drop-In Recreation Program are required to be active participants in the mentoring program.

Boys 2 Men meets every second and fourth Monday.

  • High school students: 3:30-4:30pm
  • Middle school students: 4:30-5:30pm

Monday-Friday, 2:30-6 p.m. during the school year, 2-7 p.m. 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. Check YTC Monthly Activities calendar for the special activity planned for each day. The program is open to registered YTC participants ages 9-18 years old. Registration fee is $80 per participant, $50 for each additional participant.

Teen Center registration form

Become a member. Enjoy monthly empowerment meetings designed to increase self-worth and awareness. Participate in college tours, go to concerts and visit museums. It’s all about you. The club meets every 4th Thursday of the month 5-6:30 p.m.

Teen Advisory Committee–Ages 13-19
Middle School Advisory Committee–Ages 11-13

Make a difference, get involved and be an integral part of the solution — all while having fun and making friends. These two committees get young people involved in their community by planning, organizing and implementing positive programs and activities for their peers. In the process, they gain self-confidence and leadership experience.

Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month — November 1, December 6, January 3, February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2 and June 6 — from 6:30-7:30pm at The Barn, 5853 Robert Oliver Place in the Oakland Mills Village Center.

For more information, email CATeens@ColumbiaAssociation.org or call 410-992-3726.

Donate new toiletry items in full sizes to help in-need families in Howard County and the agencies that help them.

Columbia Association’s CommUNITY Toiletry Drive runs from Wednesday, December 5 through Thursday, January 17. Donation locations include the 10 village community association offices, Columbia Art Center, and CA’s Youth and Teen Center (located in Oakland Mills Village Center).

We are seeking full-sized:

  • Laundry detergent
  • Soap
  • Body wash/shower gel
  • Tissues
  • Feminine products
  • Lotion
  • Dish detergent
  • Hand soap
  • Toothpaste/toothbrushes
  • Diapers and wipes

Distribution will take place on Monday, January 21 — as part of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service — at the Youth and Teen Center, 5853 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. Volunteers are needed. For more information, call 410-992-3726.

For youth who demonstrate compassion, desire to inspire, can identify needs and pioneer ways to giveback to their community, through service with kindness. Meetings are scheduled based on the availability of the committee members and are held at The Barn, 5853 Robert Oliver Place in the Oakland Mills Village Center.

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Help teach older adults how to use their iPads, tablets, smartphones, cameras and other technology with this great volunteer opportunity. Want to join the Youth and Teen Center on visits to the East Columbia 50+ Center? Call 410-992-3726 for more information.