Teen Connection

Teens pose together on playground equipment

The Teen Connection offers multiple opportunities for teens to participate in a variety of community service projects throughout the year. Volunteering for these projects helps teens gain new skills necessary for the job market such as leadership, communication skills, dependability, time management, and decision making. Teens who volunteer perform better at school and build stronger resumes for college and scholarship applications. 

For upcoming volunteer opportunities, please contact Parks and Recreation at 575-528-4235.

Teen Connection Summer Program

The City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department will be accepting registration for the 2018 Summer Teen Connection Program. The program will be open to teens going into grades 6 through 12 for the upcoming 2018 to 209 school year. 

Program Features

The program will focus on the perfect balance of learning and fun and we will offer our youth the opportunity to:

  • Socialize
  • Be constructive
  • Recreate
  • Make lasting relationships within our community

The program will run from June 4 to August 3 from noon to 7 p.m. at the Frank O'Brien Papen Center. 

The program is free and includes lunch and dinner daily. Field trips may have associated fees.


Program registration will be accepted Monday, April 30 through Friday, May 25 at the following locations during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.):

  • A. Fielder Memorial Safe Haven (906 N Tornillo Street)
  • Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center (304 Bell Street)
  • Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center (401 E Hadley Avenue)
  • Meerscheidt Recreation Center (1600 E Hadley Avenue)
  • Parks and Recreation Administrative Office (1501 E Hadley Avenue)

There are limited spots available so register early. No telephone registrations will be accepted.