John A. Valenzuela Youth Center

map1550 South 6th Avenue
South Tucson, AZ 85713
(520) 792-9251
Fax: (520) 629-0587  
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Youth Center Staff

Gloria Hamelitz-Lopez, Director
Jessica Alderete, Activities Coordinator
Chuck Peralta, Jesus Mejia and Alejandro Gallego, Recreation Leaders
Maria Suarez, Youth Workforce Development

Office Hours

Monday – Friday, Noon-5:00 p.m. 

Program Hours

Monday: 2:45-8:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 2:45-8:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 1:45-8:30 p.m.
Thursday: 2:45-8:30 p.m.
Friday: 2:45-5:00 p.m. 

Community Center Services

  • Classes
  • Community services
  • Social services
  • Teen programs
  • Youth program

About the Program

The John A. Valenzuela Youth Center is administered by Pio Decimo Center in cooperation with the City of South Tucson, and Pima County Community Resources. Our mission is to embrace the philosophy and spirit of South Tucson Police Officer, John A Valenzuela, of guiding and empowering the youth of our community through recreational and educational programs.

Classes/Programs

Youth Programs

We offer a variety of educational and recreational enrichment programs designed to keep youth off the streets, drug free and promote positive behavior.

After-School Program

Ages 5-12
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 2:45-5:00 p.m.; Wednesday, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Tween and Teen Program

Ages 12-18
Monday – Thursday, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Daily activities for both programs include art and crafts, nutritious cooking, board games, pool, organized sports leagues (indoor and outdoor), various field trips, weight room, fitness programs, computer lab, and general recreation.

JVYC also offers special events and classes including scrapbook, sports tournaments, cultural education, service-learning projects, self-defense, and dance.

Girlz Nite!

Special programming for young girls ages 10-18 in the South Tucson area focusing on education, career development, and empowerment courses.

Youth-to-Youth

This youth-lead organization focuses on keeping teens drug free through educational workshops and recreational activities.

Youth Case Management

Services are offered through Pima County’s Youth Services, serving youth 14-21 years of age. Services include job/vocational training, GED placements, dropout prevention, job placement, career planning, and supportive services. 

All programs offered are free of charge.

Wellness Programs

Wellness programs are offered throughout the year such as financial planning, fitness, emergency clothing, and health education.

Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee meets once a month to address community needs.

ESOL Classes

Monday - Thursday, 9:00-11:00 a.m. In collaboration with Pima Community College for adult learners. Classes are available to any adult wanting to speak and write in English. Limited childcare is available.

All programs offered are free of charge.
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