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Teens, Let’s Get Involved!

Happy group of teen student jumping in park

We know that you are social creatures and we want to provide a space for you to engage. The Champaign Park District offers multiple programs and opportunities for teens to get out and be a part of the community!


Heartsaver First Aid, CPR/AED Classes by Vital Education & Supply

Ages 9+
This course covers topics ranging from heart attacks and strokes to animal bites and allergic reactions. Also covered is CPR for the adult, child and infant victim, and AED use. A CPR certification card will be given after successful completion of class. In order to receive a refund, cancellation requests must be submitted at least two days prior to the class date.

Dates: February 18,  March 18, April 15, May 20
Day: Saturday
Time: 9a-3p
Fee (R/NR): $78/$117 
Deadline: February 11, March 11, April 8, May 13
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Questions: sean.hurst@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3901

Zoom Spanish Classes for High School Students

9th – 12th graders
This class is a great supplement to high school Spanish classes or may also be taken by students not enrolled in a high school Spanish class. High school students will cover basic grammar points and vocabulary and practice conversational skills. Classes taught live by a Language in Action, Inc. instructor. Zoom login information will be emailed to participants before the first class.

I September 12 - October 17Tuesday6:30-7:15pSeptember 8
II October 24 - November 28Tuesday6:30-7:15pOctober 20
III December 5 - January 9Tuesday6:30-7:15pDecember 1

Location: Zoom
Fee (R/NR): $89/$133.50
Instructor: Language in Action, Inc.
Questions: katherine.hicks@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2573


Ages 13-18

Join the University of Illinois Extension Staff for a series of seven classes on a variety of Food and Nutrition topics. This is a fun after-school cooking class where teens learn essential cooking techniques and healthy eating habits. All participants will be entered into a raffle for a prize of two Sholem Aquatic Center day passes. The instructor for this class speaks both English and Spanish.

Date: March 23 – May 4
Day: Thursday
Time: 4-5:30p
Deadline: March 20
Fee (R/NR): FREE!, but registration is required
Location: Martens Center
Questions: katherine.hicks@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3973


Ages 11-15

Become the babysitter that kids will beg their parents to have! This class will teach you the basics and give you the confidence to successfully take on any babysitting job. You will be trained by certified staff on skills to become a safe, fun, and nurturing sitter. Our program features basic first aid, safety, age-appropriate games, and discipline techniques.

The Champaign Park District is an accredited program site through Safe Sitter®, the only national, nonprofit organization exclusively devoted to baby-sitting. You must attend all sessions in order to complete the course and to be certified by Safe Sitter®.

Date: February 27 – March 27*
Day: Monday
Time: 4-5:30p
Deadline: February 20
No Class: March 13*
Fee (R/NR): $55/$82.50
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Questions: michelle.horvat@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2376

Cultural Arts

Scene Study Acting Class

6th-12th Graders
This acting class will be a deep dive into scene work with partners and small groups. We will be learning acting techniques, script analysis, and getting up on our feet every day to work on multiple scenes with classmates. This is a great active class for anyone wanting to try a variety of acting work, and accessible for anyone who is new or experienced.

There is a $35 non-refundable fee for this program.

Date: March 20 – March 29
Time: 6-8p
Day: M/Tu/W
Location: M/Tu – Springer Cultural Center; W – Hays Recreation Center
Fee (R/NR): $50/$75
Deadline: March 13
Questions: alexis.webb@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2376

Guitar/Bass/Drum Lessons


Ages 8+
These one-on-one guitar or bass lessons will provide instruction on theory, chord structure, melody, and popular song structure. This course is great for those who are just beginning to those just wanting to jam. They are individualized to fit your particular goals. Lessons are 30 minutes in length and meet once per week. Please bring your guitar or bass to class. Students who wish to have a longer private lesson may register for more than one time slot.

  • March 20 – April 24 | M | Deadline: March 13

Time: Call 217-398-2376 for Available Slots Prior to Registering Online. Registration not accepted after the deadline.
Location: Martens Center
Fee (R/NR): $100/$150
Min/Max: 4/20
Questions: michelle.olden@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3909


Drum Lessons

Ages 8+
These one-on-one drum lessons are designed for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students. All styles including rock, jazz, funk, Latin, and blues are taught. Lessons are 30 minutes in length and meet once per week. A drum set is available for the lessons, but a drum pad and sticks are recommended for students to purchase for practice. Students who wish to have a longer private lesson may register for more than one time slot.

  • March 25 – April 29 | Sa | Deadline: March 18

Day/Time: Call 217-398-2376 for available time slots, prior to registration online. Registration not accepted after the deadline. 
Location: Martens Center
Fee (R/NR): $100/$150
Min/Max: 4/20
Questions: michelle.olden@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3909


Get Moving

Adult Softball

Ages 15+
We offer a variety of leagues that will fit your skill level, including Co-Rec, Women’s, and Men’s Leagues.
League NameDayDateTimeMax Team Fee
Men's DoubleheaderWSeptember 6 - October 256-9p16 teams$704
Co-ed SingleheaderThSeptember 7 - October 266-932 teams$391
Men's SingleheaderMSeptember 11 - October 306-9p16 teams$391
Free Agent RegistrationN/AN/AN/AN/A$0
Player Eligibility: Players must be 15 years of age by April 1 to play. Players may only be listed on one roster per league.

Group Fitness Classes

Get moving with our Group Fitness classes! From Pilates and Yoga to Strength Training and Zumba, we have a variety of options to choose from.


Seasonal Jobs

Use the Summer Hiring Center on our website to learn about open positions, check out the Frequently Asked Questions before applying, and get insight from our hiring managers and current employees on why you should apply today! 

Learn more about the over 400 summer positions we have available in 2023 at our Summer Job Fair on Saturday, February 18 from 11a-1:30p at the new Martens Center!

Boneyard Creek Community Day 

All Ages
Looking for a class volunteer project or a new way to bring the family together? Join us in making a difference at one of Champaign-Urbana’s natural treasures. Help restore the beauty of the Boneyard Creek in Champaign, Urbana, and Campustown by participating in this organized clean-up. Be on site to register at 9am. Free lunch will follow!

Visit boneyardcreek.org for more information >>

Date: April 22, 2023
Location: Scott Park
Rain date: TBD


We love to offer first-time experiences to teens, and volunteering is a great stepping stone to a first job. Volunteers can help in many ways: as baseball and soccer coaches, at the Virginia Theatre, and even with our Special Recreation with Special Olympics. 

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