Teens-B.L.O.C.K. Youth and Teen Center
The B.L.O.C.K. (Building Leaders Out of Canton's Kids) is a hip 3,000 square foot, state-of-the-art youth and teen center. Since 2001, The B.L.O.C.K. has provided after school and youth development programs for thousands of teens in the community. The center offers a safe, supervised and social setting for teens ages 11-17. To learn more about The B.L.O.C.K.'s programming, or to schedule a tour, please call 734/398-5570 or reach out via email Opens a New Window. .
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Required Forms for Participation
An Emergency Contact Form and Behavior Contract must be filled out to attend any programs at The B.L.O.C.K.
- Emergency Contact Form (PDF) Opens a New Window. | (HTML)
- Behavior Contract (PDF) Opens a New Window. | (HTML)
- If you would like the forms made available to you in an alternative format (email, large print, audible, braille, or other), please contact the Recreation Supervisor at 734/394-5460 or by email Opens a New Window. .
- About Us
- Lead #LikeAGirl
- Be A #ModELMAN
- Outreach Program
- Meet the Staff
- How Can I Help?
- SUMMER CAMP
- Fall AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
- YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL
- TEEn NIGHT OUT
About The B.L.O.C.K.
At The B.L.O.C.K., we are dedicated to providing a safe, exciting and positive environment for all of our participants to utilize and enjoy. The B.L.O.C.K. staff is trained to use good sense and moral character in order to be strong role models for all participants. We combine activities at The B.L.O.C.K. and other Canton Leisure Services facilities to make our facility relevant and engaging to teenagers.
- Provide an affordable, safe, supervised, fun, and nurturing environment through The B.L.O.C.K. Youth & Teen Center with a focus on after- and out-of-school hours.
- The B.L.O.C.K. administration, staff, programs, and operations will strive to honor diversity, equity, and inclusion in all practices.
- Education, programs, resources, and partners will help foster knowledge and skill-building for lifelong social and mental health, as well as physical wellness.
- The B.L.O.C.K. strives to help participants develop a strong sense of commitment to protecting and improving the environment and nature through environmentally conscious use of resources, intentional outdoor recreation and programming opportunities, and educational programs that focus on conservation and environmental sustainability.
- Opportunities will help youth recognize and reinforce the importance of empathy, kindness, responsibility, and respect through a combination of community outreach, service projects, leadership, and mentoring programs.
- The B.L.O.C.K. administration and staff will serve as positive role models for participants, demonstrating good character, and ensuring an environment of safety and trust at all times.
- The B.L.O.C.K. aims to support family and individual academic goals by providing quiet spaces for study, time for homework, and access to tutors as available.
- Participants will be provided with ongoing opportunities to explore new and ongoing talents, hobbies, and interests through The B.L.O.C.K. clubs, classes, and programs that will support and reinforce 21st Century Learning Skills.
- Staff and administration will monitor current trends, and seek user feedback via surveys, questionnaires, meetings, and discussions to ensure the highest program quality and positive participant experiences.
- The B.L.O.C.K. is committed to maintaining strong community partnerships and alliances with local schools, Canton Public Safety, and other like organizations to identify and bridge potential gaps in important programs or services for area families and youth.
Canton teens between the ages of 11-17 are the target demographic. The facility serves a diverse group of teens from different school and school districts.
2021-2022 application window is now CLOSED.
2019/2020 GENEROUS PROGRAM PARTNERS & SPONSORS
BE A #MODELMAN
Be A #ModelMan is a youth leadership and empowerment initiative for young men ages 11 - 15 in the Canton community. Be A #ModelMan is designed to grow six core values in young men that develop respectful, responsible, and reliable young, male leaders. These core program values are integrity, empathy, compassion, inner strength, courage, and respect. Be A #ModelMan aims to meet the following program values through themed workshops.
A group of 15 young men are selected through an application process at The B.L.O.C.K. in early fall. Applications require permission from parents for consideration. Programs will be held at various community facilities to increase knowledge of and exposure to local resources.
2021-2022 application window is now CLOSED
2019/2020 GENEROUS PROGRAM PARTNERS AND SPONSORS:
The B.L.O.C.K. Outreach Program
The program targets at-risk youth as identified by the Canton Public Safety Department. Teens who qualify receive free program admission and free transportation.
Available for teens living in:
- Academy Point
- Canton Crossings
- College Park
- Fordham Green
- Holiday Estates
- Sherwood Village
- Wagon Wheel
To find out if your child or children qualify for this free outreach program, please contact The B.L.O.C.K.
Required Participation Forms
- Emergency Contact Form The BLOCK Emergency Contact Form (PDF)(PDF) Opens a New Window. | (HTML)
- Behavior Contract (PDF) Opens a New Window. | (HTML)
If you would like the form made available to you in an alternative format (email, large print, audible, braille, or other), please contact the Recreation Supervisor at 734/394-5460 or by email Opens a New Window. .
Scholarships are available for families in need and are awarded annually. Applications are available at The B.L.O.C.K. front desk.
By purchasing one of the membership programs, participants have access to The B.L.O.C.K.
- Quiet Study Room
- Pool Table
- Foosball Table
- Video Game Room
- Music Room
- Computer Lab and much more
Free daily programs include tutoring , art class, teen TV, music lessons, cooking classes, library programming, and 3 on 3 basketball.
To learn more about The B.L.O.C.K.'s programming, or to schedule a tour, please call 734/398-5570 or email Opens a New Window. .
Meet The Staff
A team of dedicated staff members provide supervision during program hours and serve as positive adult role models. Staff members focus on providing a safe and secure environment for this diverse group of teens. When it comes to finding an environment that works best for your children, The B.L.O.C.K. staff creates a unique gathering spot that provides plenty of fun and creative programming. To contact us please call 734/398-5570 or email Opens a New Window. .
Laura Mortier: Laura graduate from Eastern Michigan in 2010 with a Bachelors of Science. She majored in Psychology and minored in Communication. While in college, Laura worked at The B.L.O.C.K. Youth and Teen Center as a supervisor and advisor for the Youth Advisory Council. Laura has over 15 years of experience in after-school programming, youth development, and special event planning. In her spare time, she dances at Central City Dance and absolutely loves being a wife to Matt and Mom to Matilda. Some fun facts about Laura - She had a goldfish that live more than 7 years (RIP), her nails are always polished, and she loves ranch dressing!
Teen Services Coordinators
Frania (Frani) Lantigua: Frani graduated from Concordia University, Ann Arbor with a major in Family Life and a minor in Child Life. She completed her internship in 2017 at The BLOCK and has been here ever since! Frani has worked with kids and youth of all ages. She was also a leader of her dance team and is also part owner of A2 Fit-Kid. Frani loves to read, dance, and spend time with her husband and two dogs, Tyson and Kia.
Courtney Smith: Courtney is a student at Eastern Michigan University to earn her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy. She has played guitar for 10 years and has been dancing all her life. Courtney tries to always listen, learn and be inspired by kids everyday.
Chelsea Straub: Chelsea graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor's Degree in Education and in 2020 with a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology from Eastern Michigan University. She taught high school English and health for eight years and has been a programmer for the BLOCK Youth and Teen Center for six years. She currently works exclusively for the BLOCK creating and coordinating our youth leadership curriculum. Chelsea has a passion for youth empowerment working with at-risk kids to build their skills and confidence. In her free time, Chelsea loves to hang out and go camping with her husband, Jason, and their daughter, Emery.
TEEN SERVICES Supervisors
Chelsea Murphy: Chelsea Murphy is a graduate of Michigan State University (Go Green!) where she earned her degree in art history with a specialization in museum studies. After six years working as a museum educator, she is excited to use her experience in informal education to benefit kids in the local community. She especially enjoys thinking of fun and creative ways to help kids learn new things or engage with new topics. Chelsea lives in Canton with her husband and their two cats. In her free time, Chelsea enjoys reading, watching sports, finding new recipes to whip up, and keeping up with the latest movies and shows.
TEEN SERVICES STAFF
Gina Dossantos: Gina is a sophomore at Madonna University and is working towards getting a degree in English and Spanish. She hopes to continue with her Masters in Speech Language Pathology. Gina is extremely passionate about working with youth and kids and has been working with kids for 3 years. In her free time, Gina loves to read, write, and hike! You can usually catch her with paint on her hands or listening to music.
Tiffany Jackson: Tiffany is a graduate of the University of Michigan, GO BLUE!! She studied Psychology and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Counseling. Tiffany loves sports; and actually plays basketball, softball and volleyball. One of her favorite hobbies is coaching and coaches softball and volleyball at a local high school in Detroit. Her favorite colors are purple and blue and her favorite food is Lasagna.
Fatin is a student at Wayne State University doing a bachelors of science in Psychology. After she graduates, she is planning on going to graduate school for either clinical psychology or developmental neuroscience. She is really excited to start working at The B.L.O.C.K. Teen center and getting to know the kids there. Fatin has a big family and a lot of younger cousins who she spends some of her free time with. She loves to watch films and listen to music from all around the world. She enjoys dancing and singing, writing, and traveling!
Yusuf Jafri: Yusuf is a student at the University of Michigan Dearborn majoring in Economics and Political Science. After graduating, Yusuf plans on going to law school and practice law. Yusuf is super excited to work at the B.L.O.C.K. Teen center and getting to know the kids! In high school, he ran track and played basketball. His hobbies include playing basketball, trying new things, playing video games, listening to music, and watching movies.
Scott Kardel: Scott is back for his second go around of working at the BLOCK and is so excited to be back! He is currently studying at Eastern Michigan University where he is pursuing his masters in social work. Scott has spent seven years working with teens and adolescents and is passionate about promoting youth empowerment. Scott hopes to provide mental health services to youth and teens upon completing his masters. When he isn't working or studying, Scott loves to explore, travel, and write.
Sarah Mallon: Sarah is a graduate of the University of Michigan. She majored in Psychology and minored in Social Work. In the next couple of years she hopes to go to graduate school for a Masters of Social Work. Sarah has a passion for disability advocacy and working with kids. In her free time she enjoys painting, reading, exploring the outdoors, swimming, traveling, and spending time with friends and family!
Lauren Manor: Lauren is a graduate student at Wayne State University pursuing a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Child Welfare Certificate. She will also be an intern at Child Protective Services for the upcoming school year, which she is very excited about! After graduation, Lauren would love to continue down the path of Child Protective Services, which is her dream job, or work for another child welfare agency. Lauren loves exploring the outdoors, fishing, spending time with her husband, and playing video games in her free time. She has a passion for working with, helping, and supporting kids, and wants to work with kids long-term. Lauren loves that she is able to work with kids and see their smiling faces every day at The B.L.O.C.K.!
"Thank you very much for providing my daughter a safe place to grow. Since she started attending The B.L.O.C.K., her whole mannerism and engagement with others has significantly improved."
-Anil Manikkara (Parent)
"I used The B.L.O.C.K. for my kids when they attended CCA. This place is awesome! It is a great option for the Canton/Plymouth area. The best part was the staff!"
-Pam Bellino (Parent)
"It brought her (daughter Hannah) out of her shell. She went from below average grades to making the honor roll. She has become a social butterfly. I feel like this program was heaven-sent. I can't say enough good about it."
-Charlene Grant (Parent)
The B.L.O.C.K. is always accepting donations. If you are interested in donating something please contact us to see how you can help.
Examples of donations:
- Monetary donation to The B.L.O.C.K. (to purchase program supplies or sponsor a participant)
- Monetary donation to our Youth Advisory Council Endowment fund which helps fund youth projects in Canton. Donate here!
- Board Games
- Video Games
- Arts and Craft Supplies
- Holiday Decorations
- Passes to local movie theaters, pizza restaurants, etc.
- Gift Cards
2022 SUMMER CAMP
The B.L.O.C.K. Summer Stay-cation camp is open for youth ages 11-17 yrs. Each week we will have excursions, daily activities, and plenty of time to hang out with friends. Weekly membership options are available
Monday-Friday 7:30 am - 5:30pm
June 20-August 26 (The B.L.O.C.K. will be closed August 27-September 5)
Weekly registration cost: $136R/$177 (Week 3 prorated due $109R/$142NR- CLOSED July 4 for the holiday)
Second child discount of $10 per week if they are registered for the same week.
Registration will open to all returners on February 7th and open to the public beginning on March 5th. Even if you are a returner, your spot is not guaranteed. Registration is on a first come first serve basis.
Register here on 3/5
Daily Activities are: Park and Library Trips, Fitness Classes, Cooking Classes, Scavenger Hunts, Movies and more!
September 2021-June 2022 After School Session
*THE B.L.O.C.K. YOUTH AND TEEN CENTER WILL FOLLOW ALL CDC GUIDELINES IN REGARDS TO COVID-19 SAFETY PRECAUTIONS.
After School Membership
Includes pick up from your school at dismissal time and transportation to The B.L.O.C.K. Schools included are: Achieve, Canton Charter, Canton Preparatory, Discovery, East, Liberty, PCEP, Pioneer, and South Canton Scholars.
Time: M-Th 2:30-7:00 pm, F 2:30-6:30 pm
Annual Fee: $513R / $667 NR (Register at any time; fees will be prorated) Payment plan options available.
Canton Express Shuttle
Combine the After School Membership or the Drop-In Membership. The B.L.O.C.K. can drive you home, take you to practice, or pick you up from home, within a 5.5-mile radius of The B.L.O.C.K.
Time: M-Th 4:30-7:00 pm, F 4:30-6:30 pm
Annual Fee: $359R / $467NR (Register at any time; fees will be prorated) Payment plan options available.
In partnership with plymouth-Canton pflag and sponsored by masco
LGBTQ+ and ally students are invited to attend "Transpire Nights" at the BLOCK Youth and Teen Center from 6:30-8:30pm in a safe, affirming and inclusive environment.
Register here: beginning August 30th
$3 Resident Per Session/ $4 Nonresident Per Session
November 17: Gender Identity Expression-Defining and discussing terms and expression. Social: Open Mic Night
December 15: Celebrating Chosen Families- How those around you lend support. Social: Craft and Ornament Making Class
January 19: Support and Advocacy- Being a better ally, ways to support and advocate. Social: Winter Themed Fun
February 23: Read Between the Lines- In Partnership with the Canton Public Library- an LGBTQ+ book-talk with Librarian
CANTON'S YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL (Y.A.C.)
YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL PURPOSE
TEEN NIGHT OUTS
Teen Night Out is a series of fun Friday night event designed just for TEENS ages 11-17.
All events meet or take place at the BLOCK from 6:30-9:30pm.
Registration promptly ends Friday night at 6:45pm. Be sure to register in advance, as spots fill quickly and space is limited.
Fee: $5R/$6NR and includes Pizza and Pop.
Nov 5- Hang Out Night at the BLOCK
Nov 12-Ice Skating at Arctic Edge
Nov 19- Hang Out Night at the BLOCK
Nov 26- NO TNO-BLOCK Closes at 6:30pm
Dec 3- Hines Park Holiday Lights
Dec 10-Escape Room-TBD
Dec 17-Holiday Party at the BLOCK
Inclement Weather Policy: If the Plymouth/Canton School District closes due to inclement weather during the school year (typically due to winter weather conditions), all Leisure Services Department programs/classes held prior to 4 pm will be canceled. For Leisure Services programs/classes that begin after 4 pm a determination to cancel will be made no later than 2 pm that day.