Swaim Youth Center

355 Iowa Ave

The Swaim Youth Center offers youth an intentional place to build relationships with positive adults and their peers. During Hang Out youth can choose to watch a video, play video games, create art or music, and connect with their peers. UAY staff are trained in Positive Youth Development, which allows them to build meaningful relationships with the young people who attend the Youth Center.  

 

The Youth Center is open to all Junior High and High School Students.

 

Youth Center Hang Out Hours:
 

  • Wednesdays 3:00-7:00pm

  • Thursdays 2:00-7:00pm

  • Fridays 3:00-7:00pm

  • Saturday 12:00-5:00pm

Questions? Contact Kylie

Music

  • Music Lessons

  • Recording Studio

Art

  • After School (in school)

  • Workshops

  • Drop in

Groups

  • GIRLS Group

  • LGBTQ+ Group

  • Youth Action Team

MUSIC
 

Free recording studio for Junior High and High School aged youth. 

For studio bookings and lessons contact Kylie.

Free and open to all area Junior High and High School aged students. Students have access to free guitar, drums, bass, vocal and keyboard lessons, as well as a free professional digital recording studio. UAY also offers live performances!

 

ART

 

Provides an opportunity for small group workshops, individual instruction, and open studio time. Offers a variety of media including silk screen printing, ceramics, fiber arts, drawing, painting, book binding, sculpture, jewelry making, and independent projects. Learn a new technique or develop your artwork even further. Meet new people that are interested in the same things as you.

o   Youth Center Art Workshops: Fridays 4:30-6:00pm

Questions?  Contact Lauren.

GROUPS

 
  • LGBTQIAA Youth Support Group: UAY Youth Center, Monday 6:30-8:30

    • Groups will provide a safe and supportive environment to empower youth with knowledge that specifically pertains to them 

    • Educational component covering such topics as coming out, gender identity, bullying, healthy relationships, sexual health education, improving school climate, and coping with anxiety and stress.

    • Opportunities for youth to participate in community engagement.

  • FEM Group: UAY Youth Center, Tuesdays 6:30-8:30          

    • A weekly group for young people in Junior High and High school that combines art, discussion, movies, pop culture, service learning and skill building activities as a way to nurture social justice and activism. 

    • Activities include education and discussion around social issues of importance to young people, arts programming, and community service efforts.

  • Youth Action Team (YAT)

    • An opportunity for young people to spend time volunteering in their community, making change and having fun!

Questions?  Contact Jamie.

Art when you want it,

Help when you need it

United Action for Youth

We are here to support you.  Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about how we can work together.

Phone: 319-338-7518

Fax: 319-337-7999

PO Box 892 Iowa City, IA 52244

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