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 table tennis 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

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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, table tennis, foosball and pool tables, an outdoor fire pit, board games, arts and crafts and so much more.

Youth must be 9 or older to be at the center without a supervising adult

After 6pm, youth must be 14 or older to be at the center

The center hosts a variety of events and activities. For the most up to date information on our events, we encourage you to follow us on Facebook or Instagram. The following events are happening on a weekly, drop-in basis. For more info, check out the calendar page or give us a call.

Game Nights Thursdays   Queerspace Thursdays at 6   Karaoke Party Fridays    Chess club flyer Saturdays form 3-5

The Zach Gordon offers housing and navigation services. The Housing Navigators connect with community partners to provide housing services to youth 18-24. They coordinate our Rapid Rehousing program that houses young people in the community and provides rental assistance. They also provide supportive services to youth under the age of 18, such as help obtaining IDs, accessing food support and connecting with Shéiyi X̱aat Hit Emergency Youth Shelter. The Housing Navigators are a great resource to assist youth in their transition into adulthood.

To connect with a Navigator, call us at 586-2635 or text 500-4338.

Our climbing wall is currently closed for maintenance. 

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. 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.

We are unable to do facility rentals at this time due to short staffing. 

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.

The center offers a variety of programs and resources for LGBTQ+ youth including:

-Queerspace, a social group for LGBTQ+ teens, Thursdays at 6pm

-The Alliance, a drop-in afterschool activity for LGBTQ+ middle school students, weekly from 3-4:30 at FDMS and DHMS.

-Trans Youth Support Group, an interactive, psychotherapy support group for individuals ages 12-19, who identify as transgender, gender-expansive, genderqueer and non-binary. It will provide a safe, affirming space to explore, process and grow as we examine different aspects of our gender identity. Registration is required. This group meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month from 5-6.

-Gender Affirming Scholarship Fund, this fund can provide gender affirming items to any youth.

– A Resource for Trans Youth in the Juneau School District

For more information about any of these resources, stop by the center or contact Ty Shae at ty.shae@juneau.org or 907-586-2635.

 General Announcements

8/8/22 – Climbing Wall Closure

Our climbing wall is currently closed for maintenance, we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Check back for more information on reopening.

8/1/22 – Adjusted Hours

Due to short staffing, we have adjusted our hours for the month of August. We will be open Monday-Friday from 1-8pm and Saturday from 3-10pm.

5/23/22 – Safe Sitter at the Zach Gordon

Bartlett Hospital staff will be hosting a 2 sessions of Safe Sitter this summer at the center. This class is designed to prepare students in grades 6-8 to be safe when they’re home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting. The instructor-led class is filled with fun games and role-playing exercises. Session 1 is July 12th and 14th. Session 2 is July 27th and 29th. Both sessions will be at the Zach Gordon from 12-2:30pm. Email completed registration forms to ammuse@bartletthospital.org to sign up. Spots will be limited.

5/16/22 – Closed for Spring Cleaning May 17th

The center will be closed, Tuesday May 17th for spring cleaning. We will reopen as usual on Wednesday the 18th.

5/12/22 – Looking for a garden volunteer!

The Zach Gordon Youth Center is looking for a volunteer to help maintain our garden space! We have 7 garden beds filled with plants that will need to be tended to. This will include watering, weeding, pruning and harvesting. The garden is located in the backyard of the center so curious youth will occasionally engage and help with some of these efforts. Our garden helps supply the center with delicious fresh produce while giving kids an opportunity to learn where their food comes from (and get their hands dirty)! If you’re interested or want to check out the garden space, send us a message or email Theresa at theresa.spina@juneau.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

5/3/22 – Adjusted hours for Thursday, May 5th

The center will be open 1:30-9pm on May 5th, to allow for staff training. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we will reopen as usual on May 6th. 

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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