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Posted on: October 6, 2020

Parks & Recreation Youth Services Offers Tutoring and More

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The Parks and Recreation Department's Youth Services provides programs and opportunities for youth, families, and other community members including mentorship, educational programs, civic engagement, beautification projects, tutoring and learning services, as well as meal distribution for youth ages 1 to 18. 

Tutoring and learning services through the Out-of-School Time Programs (OST), continue for students in the community. Currently, 90-minute sessions for youth, grades kindergarten through fifth, are offered mornings and afternoons, Monday to Friday at various city facilities. Teens, grades six to 12 are half-day sessions at Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley Ave. Space for tutoring and other services is still available; please call or go to and click online registration. Below are the locations and contact information of the ongoing tutoring and learning services:


A. Fielder Memorial Safe Haven, 906 N. Tornillo St.
Grades kindergarten to fifth, Phone: 575/528-4263.

East Mesa Recreation Center, 5589 Porter Road.
Grades kindergarten to fifth, Phone: 575/541-2610.

Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell Ave.
Grades kindergarten to fifth, Phone: 575/541-2610.

Henry R. Benavidez Community Center, 1045 McClure Road.
Grades kindergarten to fifth, Phone: 575/541-2610.

Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley Ave.
Grades six to 12, Phone: 575/528-4235

The Diversion and Development Program is an alternative program for youth who may need assistance being diverted from the Juvenile Justice System. Located at 890 N. Tornillo St., the Learning Center provides a foundation of hope, resiliency, and consequences through facilitated life skills, parent-youth, guest speaker, gender-specific classes, and community service opportunities. While in the program, girls will become empowered, confidence will be built, and building skills for a healthy relationship will be established. Boys in the program will receive guidance that promotes a healthy passage through pre-teen and adolescents’ years, talk about consequences as per actions, the importance of taking responsibility, what it means to be “Men of Honor.” Youth and families through staff facilitation will receive positive mentorship, strong guidance, and an evidence-based curriculum. They will gain first-hand experience of how everyone can celebrate their own diversity, make better choices, and create better outcomes. Please call, 575/541-2349 for information.

Want to volunteer to clean an area in or near a neighborhood, a location identified within the city, or a part of the city that needs attention? Contact Keep Las Cruces Beautiful (KLCB) to request trash bags, gloves, safety vests, and pick-up tools free of charge for individuals or groups doing a voluntary clean-up. Supplies can be picked up in person from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell Ave. Look for the KLCB canopy, or call 575/312-0531 to request supplies, receive a location in need of assistance, or to report an area for litter removal or graffiti abatement.

For more information about Youth Services, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 575/541-2550 or email

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