Programs & Services

After-School Program
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

Summer Program
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: Early June through late July/early August, Monday – Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm

Gang Prevention Services
The Shafter Youth Center features a Gang Prevention Program that provides Forward Thinking classes to high school students to assist them in making positive changes to their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It also provides Aggression Replacement Training (ART) classes for youth to improve social skills, moral reasoning, anger management, and reduced aggressiveness. Parenting classes are also offered. These programs are free of charge.

Commodity Distribution
Food is distributed to low income community residents to alleviate hunger. The SYC commodity distribution is intended for Shafter residents only. Participants self certify residency, 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.

HEAP
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: By appointment.

Information & Education
Teen pregnancy prevention program designed to create awareness 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 three days, call for current schedule)

Evening Program
Offers various activities such as Zumba, aerobics, basketball play, GED Program. Please call for schedule.