The Shafter Youth Center (SYC) was established in December 2003, thanks to a $1.3 million grant from the California Youth Authority and a $249,000 match from the City of Shafter along with 1 acre of land to build the SYC. Each day, youth are empowered to live healthier lives through programs that focus on nutrition, recreation, education, and active healthy living.
SYC is located at 455 E. Euclid Ave, Shafter, CA 93263. Services are open to youth ages 6-21, free of charge Monday – Friday, 2:30-5:30pm (School Days); Monday – Friday, 8:00 -5:00pm (Summer). Programs for local youth include: Annual Boys & Girls Summit, Excel Club, Wii Stay Fit, Shafter PAL Boxing Workshops, Summer Nutrition Program (breakfast and lunch), reading, tutoring, math enrichment activities, team sports, and occasional youth dances.
Description of Services:
Participants are provided homework assistance and take part in recreational activities in a safe and supportive environment. Daily snacks are provided and services are provided on a first come first served basis. Participants must be at least 6 years of age and parent or guardian must complete a registration form prior to entry into the program. This program is free of charge.
Days of Operation: Monday – Friday, 1:30pm-5:00pm
Youth take part in fun and exciting educational games & activities in the morning, and arts & crafts and recreational activities in the afternoon. Daily breakfasts, snacks & lunch are provided. Space is limited and services are provided on a first come first served basis. Participants must be at least 6 years of age and parent or guardian must complete a registration form prior to entry into the program. This program is free of charge.
Days of Operation: June 1 through August 7, Monday – Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm
Adult Parenting Classes (English/Spanish)
Parents & caretakers are provided current parenting skills and information needed to be successful parents. Space is limited and services are provided on a first come first serve basis to any adult individual. Participants must be willing to commit to a 12 week program and must register prior to entry into the class. Childcare is not provided. This program is free of charge.
Days of Operation: Thursdays 6:00pm-8:00pm (call for current class schedule)
Vouchers for nutritious food and health information are provided to parents of young children and pregnant women to ensure healthy growth and development and to promote good health and wellness. Please contact the WIC office for information on eligibility and intake procedure at (661) 327-3074. This program is free of charge.
Days of Operation: Mondays and Thursdays, 9:00am-4:00pm (walk-ins are welcome)
Food is distributed to low income community residents to alleviate hunger. The SYC commodity distribution is intended for Shafter residents only. Participants must show proof of residency in Shafter (Drivers License, utility bill, etc.), sign for commodities that are distributed and self-verify income for eligibility. Please contact the Food Bank at (661) 398-4520 for information on commodity distribution sites in other communities. This program is free of charge.
Days of Operation: Fourth Thursday of every month, 11:00am (numbers to hold place in line are distributed at 9:00am)
Rebate program designed to offset the cost of energy for low income households. Services are provided on a first come first served basis to any Kern County resident. Participants must meet eligibility requirements, have a social security number and complete a HEAP application prior to acceptance (faxed applications are not accepted). To qualify for HEAP services, participants must provide a current PG&E electric and gas bill (if gas is separate), current income verification for all household residents for 4 weeks prior to the date in which the HEAP application was signed.
Days of Operation: Monday-Friday, after 11:30am
Teen Parenting/Support Group
Provides current parenting skills and information for teen parents and a support group that is designed to prevent second pregnancies amongst teens. The class is open to all Kern County residents, and children are welcome to attend with teen parents. All participants must be willing to commit to a 10 week program and register before entering the class. This program is free of charge.
Days of Operation: Wednesdays, 3:30pm-5:00pm (call for current class schedule)
Teen pregnancy prevention program designed to prevent unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases and infections. The class is open to all Kern County residents ages 11 and over, and parents or guardians must complete a registration form prior to entry into class. This program is free of charge.
Days of Operation: Monday-Thursday, 3:00pm-5:00pm (classes are held once per month for four days, call for current schedule)
“The solution to adult problems tomorrow depends a large measure upon how our children grow up today.”