Teen Resource Activity Center (TRAC)

Our Philosophy
TRAC provides supervision and invaluable mentoring to Poughkeepsie youth. Young people come after school to participate in recreation, healthy living workshops,  and enrichment activities.  Youth can even learn to produce their own music and podcasts in our Community Music Studio Learning Room.  Youth also receive academic assistance, exam preparation, and have the opportunity relax and socialize with friends in a safe and supportive environment. The Center serves as a support system for local teens.

TRAC is in-person Tuesday through Friday from 4:00pm-8:30pm for middle school students and high school students. While TRAC is closed on Mondays, youth are welcome to drop by between 4:00 and 6:00 on Mondays to bring their registration forms.    To learn more about our in-person programming contact, Debra Long  at dlong@familyservicesny.org.  All participants must complete an application in advance. (See the TRAC Application form on the side bar).
TRAC activities include:
  • Physical activity— Each day, participants engage in either basketball, volleyball, STEP Dance, and other sports
  • Work readiness training— During the Summer Youth Employment Program, youth learn work readiness skills and secure job placements over the course of 8 weeks. Additional workshops happen throughout the school year.
  • Healthy living and violence prevention workshops— TRAC collaborates with local organizations and businesses to provide workshops on nutrition and wellness, financial literacy, teen pregnancy prevention, as well as workshops that support youth as they encounter gun and gang violence.
  • A Nutritious Meal is served each day – restaurant grade meals are provided to youth in partnership with local businesses.
  • Creative Arts — Includes self-expression through media, music and visual arts.  Youth can create their own podcast or produce their own beats in our music studio.  Youth have regular access to arts and crafts activities as well as special activities, such as creating their own books with a local author.
  • Academic Assistance — TRAC provides academic assistance through mentoring, study skills, and homework help.  Tutoring is provided by college interns and community volunteers.   TRAC is equipped with computers and tablets to assist youth with their school assignments, test preparation and college searches.  TRAC engages teens in activities that help youth develop the tools and skills that are needed to be successful in school, the community, and their futures.
  • Cultural Exploration —Includes ethnic celebrations and cultural origin activities.
  • Service Learning — Community service projects are designed and implemented by youth.  Activities have included cooking and serving the community with Dutchess Outreach.
  • Family Nights / Parent Activities – This school year TRAC looks forward to hosting activities such as parent and teen basketball games and parent workshops such asinternet safety, parent/child conflict resolution, and middle school/high school transitioning.

Eligibility & Cost
This program is FREE for ages 11-18

Hours & Location
Tuesday through Friday

TRAC Center
Suite L13
4:00pm-8:30pm

29 North Hamilton Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Contact Us

845.452.1110 ext. 3124

Brochure (English/Español)

TRAC Application Form (English)

Summer Youth Employment Application (English)

This program is funded in part by the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region

This program is partially funded through Vassar College Good Neighbors program

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson

This program is partially funded by the Anne and Abe Donor Advised Fund of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley

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