Middleton Youth Center

A FREE after school and summer program for 5th -8th grade youth
Kromrey Middle School: 7009 Donna Drive, Middleton

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Gabrielle Hinahara
Youth Center Director

John Hunter
Youth Center Assistant Director

Office: (608) 821-8363
Cell: (608) 225-2451
Fax: (608) 827-1057
Email: middletonyouthcenter@ci.middleton.wi.us

Open every school day from 3:36-6pm

Summer 2020: M-R June 15th-August 6th
Bus Route: TBA
Free Lunch: TBA
Youth Center Program: 1:30-5:30pm
Bus Route: TBA

Please note that the Youth Center is now at Kromrey! 

Pick-up is at door #3 (on the NE side of the building-near the gyms).

October Weekly Schedule








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Comic Drawing (MC)

Social Justice (MC)

Drop-in Sports


Book/Movie Club (MC)

Girls Inc. (MC)

Drop-in Sports


Boys Group (MC)

Girl Scouts (MC)

Drop-in Sports

Homework Room

Movie Making (MC)


Drop-in Sports

Homework Room

Game Shows(MC)

Drop-in Sports

Homework Room


Free Choice


Free Choice


Free Choice

Homework Room

Free Choice

Homework Room

Free Choice

Homework Room

October 2019 Mini-Courses

MONDAYS: 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28

Comic/Cartoon/Anime/Manga Drawing (Connor): Use a variety of art materials to create your favorite characters, scenes, etc! A portion of each day may also include watching a cartoon or anime episode for inspiration.

Social Justice (Maddy): Join us this month to talk about race, racism, white privilege, and policing. Share your personal experiences or learn from your peers.

TUESDAYS: 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29

Book and Movie Club (Danielle): Each week we will read a section of a book and watch and discuss part of the corresponding movie. The students who sign-up for the club will get to choose the book/movie combo.

Girls* Inc. Self Care (Besa) *Welcoming to all students who self-identify as girls or as nonbinary: Our self-care theme refers to activities and practices that engage and encourage stress-reducing skills and maintain our well-being! Bath-bombs, yoga, nail care and more!

WEDNESDAYS: 10/2, 10/9, 10/15, 10/23, 10/30

Boys* Group (Connor)   *Welcoming to all students who self-identify as boys or as nonbinary: We will explore how hyper-masculinity impacts us at home, school, in sports, and in the community. Includes team-building games and clips from shows like Boruto and Spongebob.

Girl* Scouts (Akshita) *Welcoming to all students who self-identify as girls or as nonbinary: In partnership with the Girl Scouts, the Youth Center offers our own weekly troop for our students. This month will focus on team-building activities while deciding on future projects.

THURSDAYS: 10/3, 10/10, 10/16, 10/24, 10/31

Movie Making (John): Work with your peers to pick a genre, write a script, make props, direct, act in, and film your own movie! This club will likely run for 2-3 months, or until the film is complete.

Trick-or-Treat So Others Can Eat (TOTSOCE) (Connor): Help collect food donations for the Middleton Outreach Ministry Food Pantry! We will design and print flyers and go door-to-door in the neighborhood handing them out and collecting food donations.

FRIDAYS: *No School 10/4* 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1

Game Shows (John): Have fun with your friends playing games like Jeopardy and Family Feud.


After School 2019-2020 Enrollment: Currently wait list only

  • Enrollment Packets can be submitted by email or dropped off at the Youth Center (2429 Clark Street) or at the Recreation Department in Middleton City Hall.
  • All students who have NOT completed a 2019 Summer Enrollment Packet must complete the full 2019-2020 Enrollment Packet. 
  • All students who HAVE completed a 2019 Summer Enrollment Packet must complete only the 2019-2020 ROI - English or 2019-2020 ROI - Spanish, which have been updated since the last school year.
  • Wait List: Since the after school program is currently full, students will be added to the wait list in the order that enrollment forms are received. The Youth Center will contact you to let you know when a spot becomes available for your student.


  • Mentoring Program: Focused on students who attend the Youth Center 3 days/week or more
    • Each staff member is matched with 10-15 students that they check-in with weekly
    • Mentor meetings will focus on goal-setting, behavior planning, academic accountability, parent engagement, trauma-informed care, and new program development
  • Homework Help: Available on school days from 3:45-6pm
    • Includes access to high school tutors and communication with school day teachers if needed. 
    • Separate rooms are designated for quiet studying, group study, and tutoring support. 
    • Homework room is an optional choice for YC students. If you would like to require your student to attend the Homework Room or the check-in on homework completion before participating in other YC activities, please contact us.
  • Drop-in Enrichment Activities: At least one drop-in activity is offered per day from 4:15-5:15pm
    • Drop-in activities are available to all enrolled Youth Center students
    • Examples: art, sports, etc.
  • Mini-Courses: Month-long activities that run 1x/week from 4:15-5:15pm. 
    • Mini-courses allow for longer-term projects and skill building. 
    • Examples: Beginner field hockey, photography, swimming lessons, spoken word poetry, international cooking, etc.
  • Free Choice: From 5:15-6pm on school days
    • Examples of free choice activity options: art, sports, playing at Fireman's Park, board games, xbox, wii, computer lab, listening to music, hanging out with friends, homework help, etc.


Gabrielle 2018Gabrielle Hinahara, Director

Gabrielle has directed the Middleton Youth Center since it’s reopening in 2014. She loves working with middle school students and finds this work very fulfilling. In particular, Gabrielle enjoys building relationships with the Youth Center’s students and families, supporting the staff and interns, and finding new ways to grow and improve the program. Gabrielle grew up in Middleton and went to college at UW-Madison. She studied environmental studies and Spanish and began working with young people through outdoor education and sustainable agriculture. Outside of her time at the Youth Center, she loves riding her bike, dancing, gardening, travelling, and spending time with the 12 housemates, friends, and kids that live in her co-op house.

John Hunter, Assistant DirectorJohn

John was born in Madison and has lived here most of his life. He graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI in 2012. Before working for the Middleton Youth Center starting in 2015, John worked for one year at the Bridge Lake Point Waunona (BLW) Community Center on the south side of Madison as a PASS AmerCorps Member. John’s interests include playing and watching sports, fishing, reading, and playing video games.

Danielle 2018Danielle Moore, Youth Worker

Danielle is super excited to be working at the Middleton Youth Center! In 2016-2017, Danielle served as one of the Youth Center’s PASS AmeriCorps members, tutoring students in Literacy at Kromrey, helping supervise the homework room, and leading activities like photography and hip hop dance. Since then, Danielle has worked part-time as the Youth Center’s Youth Worker and this summer is once again serving as a PASS AmeriCorps member. Danielle is a student at UW-Madison and is working on getting a degree in Elementary Education with a Math/Science Minor. During her free time, Danielle enjoys running, hanging out with friends, and sometimes being lazy and watching Netflix. She has also recently developed a passion for exploring different cultures!

Connor Hobart, PASS AmeriCorps MemberConnor

Connor is from Palmyra, WI (a small town about 60 miles southeast of Middleton). After graduating high school in 2014, he attended UW-Stout and studied Applied Social Science. Connor is new to the Madison area, currently living in Monona with his girlfriend and their cat. He’s extremely excited to be serving full-time at MYC! In his free time Connor enjoys listening to music, being active outdoors, gardening, reading, cooking, and spending time with loved ones. Connor leads Boys Group at the Youth Center, in addition to several other mini-courses.

MaddyMaddy Carroll, UW School of Social Work Intern

Maddy has had a variety of experiences working with youth in afterschool programs and in mentoring settings. Maddy grew up in Wauwatosa, WI with her parents and younger brother. She has two campus jobs at UW. She works for Residence Life as an RA in the dorms, and she is a facilitator for Adventure Learning Programs, an organization that puts on teambuilding workshops using ground activities and high and low ropes course challenges to foster community. In her free time, Maddy enjoys any outdoor activities, particularly walking, running, camping, hiking, and swimming. She also enjoys spending time with friends, eating ice cream, watching Netflix, and listening to music. Maddy leads Social Justice Club at the Youth Center.

Besa Asani, UW School of Social Work InternBesa

My name is Besa Asani and I am a current senior social work student studying at UW-Madison. I have hopes on intending graduate school in the next year to one day become a school social worker. I am from Madison, and one of my favorite things to do is attend the farmers market on Saturday mornings. My hobbies include; listening to music, traveling, and gardening! My friends would describe me as; friendly, a good listener, open-minded and easy-going. Besa leads Girls Inc. at the Youth Center. 

Akshita1Akshita Pattnaik, High School Intern

Akshita was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and moved to Middleton when she was 5. She is now in 11th grade at Middleton High School! She is super excited to be working at the Youth Center for a second year. She always loves to meet new people and learn new things! In her free time, Akshita is often playing tennis, laughing with her friends, or playing one of the many instruments she plays. When she’s not doing any of those things, you can find her listening to music or watching her favorite shows on Netflix. Akshita’s parents were both born in India so she loves to celebrate and show off her culture! Akshita helps to lead Girl Scouts at the Youth Center.


The Middleton Youth Center is a free program funded by the City of Middleton, Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District, and Dane County. However, in order to be able to offer high-quality programming and field trips, we depend on donations from community members. 

If you would like to support the work of the Middleton Youth Center, please donate online or send your donation to:

Middleton Youth Center
7426 Hubbard Avenue
Middleton, WI 53562


  • Tutors for the Homework Help Room: (4:15-6pm) Tutors work with students one-on-one or in small groups, and help keep the homework room a quiet, productive space. We ask that all tutors are able to help with 5th-8th grade level homework in all core subject areas and commit to one day per week for at least one semester.
  • Weekly Activity Leaders: (4:15-5:15pm) Activity leaders commit to planning or supporting a 1-hour long activity once per week for at least one month. For example, leading a weekly art class.

To be considered for a volunteer position, please submit the Volunteer Packet to ghinahara@ci.middleton.wi.us

Youth Center Students Goal Setting PRE Survey, click here.
POST Survey, click here.

Student Mentor Evaluation, click here.

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