The SPOT is a social and recreational center intended primarily for use by children ages 11 to 18 years.
In some cases, children as young as six years old will use The SPOT, but usually only if special programs are in place to accommodate them. The SPOT supports opportunities for youth to develop their physical, social, emotional, and cognitive abilities and to experience achievement, leadership, enjoyment friendship, and recognition.
The SPOT offers academic and arts programs, such as math and science, crafts, and theater. It also offers opportunities for unstructured activities, such as game playing, socializing, club meetings, and outdoor community connections.
The SPOT offers some limited vocational and independent training skills, including resume writing, into/basic computer training skills, mock interviewing, and independent living skills. These skills training are designed for youth in high school or entering ninth grade.
The SPOT will serve as a community site for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Meals for all children will be monitored by the USDA as outlined in the SFSP manual. The SPOT will serve fresh, well-balanced meals that are appetizing to children, in a safe environment, throughout the summer with future planning to serve all year-around.
While unstructured activities are an essential part of a youth center, The SPOT is a staffed facility and control and supervision are critical elements. These elements impact facility design as do considerations for youth-friendly and youth-appealing design. Safety is also of paramount importance.
THE SPOT activity spaces include the following:
- Control desk/check-in
- Commons/game room
- Snack bar
- Activity rooms/classrooms
- Multipurpose room
- Computer room
- Teen room and movie room
- Outdoor activity areas