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UPDATED 3/10/2021: The City & Borough of Juneau Emergency Operations Center has lowered the overall community risk to Level 1. The Zach Gordon Youth Center is open it’s usual hours. Cloth face coverings are required and can be provided if needed. A quick health screening will be administered at arrival. Warm meals will be available and youth may take home extra meals if they would like. Zach Gordon staff look forward to seeing you! For questions, please call ZGYC at 586-2635 or email Zach.Staff@juneau.org.

Zach Gordon Youth Center

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The Zach Gordon Youth Center is a free, drop-in facility for youth. All are welcome to come by for food, fun and friends. The center has a wide variety of amenities from ping pong and pool tables, to a rock climbing wall and basketball courts available to youth of all ages. 

Drop-In Activities

Drop in and use our facilities!

Indoor/outdoor basketball courts, outdoor toddler play area, weights and gym equipment, pool and ping pong tables, outdoor fire pit and grill, board games, foosball, arts and crafts projects, the climbing wall and more!

Good Eats

Meals served every day!

Our staff prepare simple and healthy hot meals for any kid that comes through our doors. Meals are free and can always be taken to go if you are only stopping by for a quick visit.

Connection

Connection to community.

Our staff are here to build a safe space and positive relationships with youth in the Juneau community. We are available to connect kids to various resources that will help them live their best life.

About the Center

When youth arrive at the Zach Gordon, they can expect to be greeted by our friendly staff! Staff are usually cooking food, playing games or leading activities with kids. The center has some awesome features including: Indoor and outdoor basketball courts, a weight room and exercise equipment, ping pong, foosball and pool tables, an outdoor fire pit, board games, arts and crafts and so much more.

The Center features a public climbing wall, courtesy of the Juneau Rotary Club. The climbing wall is free for youth 19 and younger during open facility hours, and is also available for private rentals at a rate of $35/ hour +tax. If available, our staff can provide all training and climbing knowledge necessary, so don’t worry if you have never climbed before!

All participants must have a waiver signed by their parent or guardian before climbing.

Climbing Wall Waiver

During the summer, the climbing wall will have no official hours; however if you or your family wants to climb, feel free to stop in and our staff will gladly help you. For more information, call 586-2635.

The Zach Gordon has a full time Outreach Coordinator. This staff person connects with community partners to provide housing services to youth 24 and younger as well as other supportive services. They work closely with Rapid Rehousing which collaborates with partner agencies to house youth in a collaborative way that focuses on community and relationship building. The Outreach Coordinator is a great resource to assist youth in their transition into adulthood.

The center hosts a variety of events and activities such as Anime Saturdays, a Superbowl Party and Drive-In Bingo! For the most up to date information on our events, we encourage you to follow us on Facebook or Instagram.

The center also hosts a couple of ongoing affinity groups!

Spicy Water (LGBTQ+ group for teens, named by teens!) – this group meets on the last Monday of each month from 6-8pm. Each month we will host a different activity. In the past we have done a paint night with a local artist, a Halloween movie screening, pizza making and more!

BIPOC Teen Talk – a safe social group for Black, Indigenous and People (teens) of Color. This group meets at the end of the month (follow us on Facebook for more info!) and has done various activities such as bowling, a bon fire, Native American Heritage month bingo and more. This group hosted by BIPOC adults from the Zach Gordon, AWARE and Yaakoosge Daakahidi High School.

The Zach Gordon is available to rent for gatherings, birthday parties or other events.

  • Full Facility Rental with Climbing Wall: $125.00/hour+ tax
  • Full Facility Rental without Climbing Wall: $100.00/hour+ tax
  • Climbing Wall Only *Only available while facility is open $25.00/+ tax

To make reservations call 586-2635 during regular business hours and at least one week in advance. Facility rentals are available before 3pm on Saturdays and any time on Sundays.

  • Facility Rental Form

Our Mission:

Connecting Youth and Engaging Community

Our Values:

Wellness, Connection and Growth

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Upcoming Events

Current Hours:

Monday – Thursday 11 AM – 9 PM

Friday 11 AM – 10 PM

Saturday 3 PM – 10 PM

6 PM to close is for teens ages 14-19.

Closed on CBJ Holidays.

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