Register Now for Fall Youth Volleyball

Individual registration for our girls volleyball league (ages 6–12) closes Friday, August 24.

In this league, coaches use a set rotation to ensure that all players receive equal playing time. Every effort will be made to honor coach and player requests, but requests are not guaranteed. Registration is $70 per player and includes a league jersey. Teams will be provided a designated space for a one-hour practice each week.

We are in need of volunteer coaches! Please indicate on the registration form if you’re interested. All coaches must pass a formal background check, which can be found at


Registration Closes: August 24
Cost: $70 per Player
Coaches Meeting: August 30
Practices Begin: Week of September 10
Season Dates: September 17 – November 5
League Tournament: November 5 – 10

Individual players can register online or in person at Southlake Town Hall (1400 Main Street, Suite 210).

Cancellation Policy: Programs that do not meet minimum registration requirements two business days prior to their scheduled start time will be canceled.

If you have any questions, contact Southlake Parks and Recreation at (817) 748-8019.

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Sister Cities youth athletes represent Fort Worth and the US

Nearly 80 student-athletes and coaches returned from a week of competition at the Tricolore Youth Sports Games in Reggio Emilia, Italy, where they won three gold and one bronze medal in baseball and volleyball.

The athletes and coaches will be recognized at the Fort Worth City Council meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 14.

The sports ambassadors competed and lived in an Olympic-style village with student-athletes from 30 other countries. The games offered a chance for the athletes to convey a positive impression of American youth to delegates from around the world.

“The programs sponsored by Sister Cities have a broad appeal offering of international experiences you can’t get as casual tourists,” said Sister Cities Sports Games chair Michael Jacobsson. “The student-athletes will remember this trip for the rest of their lives.”

The Tricolore Games are held every four years in Reggio Emilia, Italy, which is one of Fort Worth’s sister cities. Fort Worth was the only U.S. city invited to participate.

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PD hoops it up with Fort Worth youth

Fort Worth police officers, alongside a faithful crew of dedicated volunteers, continue to find ways to create experiences that promote positive educational outcomes, cultural diversity and personal growth for local youth.

For the third consecutive year, the Code Blue After Dark-Basketball League has allowed officers to reach out to communities through basketball. On Saturday evenings from June through August, neighbors gather at O.D. Wyatt High School’s gym to watch members of the community showcase their talents on the hardwood. Code Blue After Dark and the officers who facilitate the program provide a family-friendly and safe environment that serves as an alternative for kids who might otherwise be hanging out on the streets.

Officers encourage community involvement through positive interactions with the members of the police department. And the officers assigned to Code Blue After Dark can hang in there when they hit the court!

Although basketball is the primary tool used to reach people, Sgt. Chris Britt said this program serves as more than a summer evening basketball league. It is a major step in the process of enhancing the sense of procedural justice in communities of color, and it helps the police department develop opportunities like connecting felons to job opportunities or educating them about programs critical to destroying the pipeline to poverty, like warrant forgiveness.

The program also partners with the Fort Worth Police Athletic League (FWPAL) to add a youth mentoring element, basketball skills clinics and camps for kids.

Earlier this year, the FWPAL and the Code Blue After Dark Basketball League hosted 30 young people at a Dallas Mavericks game at American Airlines Center. The experience was as impactful to the adults as it was for the kids — it highlighted the need for mentoring and community involvement and motivated more adults to play active roles in the future of Fort Worth’s children.

Fort Worth officers plan to offer future college visits, job fairs, trips to museums and sporting events. These activities will be available to young people who otherwise might not be able to afford them.

In August, the Code Blue After Dark Basketball League will sponsor the 2018 Mayor’s Back to School Basketball Showcase. This event features the extraordinary talents of youth from across the city and FWISD schools. And there’s an added value: ensuring students have all the school supplies they need to start the upcoming school year.

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Beat the Heat with Southlake’s July Youth Camps

North Texas will be feeling the heat this July, but Southlake Parks and Recreation is keeping things cool with summer camps for kids of all ages.

Whether you have a little artist who wants to paint a masterpiece or a future programmer who wants to build a one-of-a-kind video game, we’ve got you covered. Check out all of the awesome camps we’re offering this July!

Athletics & Recreation

Beginner Basketball Camp
Date: July 9 – 12  Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
In this all-skills camp, players ages 5–7 will master dribbling, passing and other basketball basics through various drills and scrimmages. Cost: $98. Click here to register.

TGA Premier Jr. Golf Camp
Date: July 16 – 20  Time: 9 – 11 a.m.
This all-skills camp helps golfers ages 6–16 build confidence while improving their game. All equipment is provided. Cost: $225. Click here to register.

Volleyball Camp
Date: July 16 – 20  Time: 9 – 11 a.m.
In this all-skills camp, players ages 8–16 will hone their volleyball skills in fun games, drills and scrimmages. Cost: $99. Click here to register.

Basketball Tech Camp
Date: July 23 – 26  Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
All levels and abilities are welcome in this more advanced and competitive basketball camp for ages 6–12. Cost: $98. Click here to register.

Tennis Camps
The Southlake Tennis Center offers a variety of camps throughout the summer.
Click here to learn more and register.

Arts & Education

Glamour Girls
Date: July 9 – 13  Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Instructors will teach kids ages 5–12 how to make their very own beauty products, from shimmery lip balm to fizzy bath bombs. Cost: $150. Click here to register.

Lego Brixology Engineers
Date: July 9 – 13  Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Future engineers ages 6–10 will build Lego projects inspired by a variety of engineering fields: mechanical, aerospace, bioengineering and more! Cost: $165. Click here to register.

Digital Game Development
Date: July 16 – 20  Time: 1 – 4 p.m.
Campers ages 7–10 will create their own video game complete with animated characters, custom backgrounds and cool sound effects. Cost: $185. Click here to register.

Chess Wizards Summer Camp
Date: July 16 – 20  Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Chess Wizards is a premier chess education camp that teaches players ages 5–14 strategy as well as sportsmanship. Cost: $200. Click here to register.

Wild About Weather
Date: July 23 – 26  Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Fox 4’s Chief Meteorologist Dan Henry will lead campers ages 7–11 as they perform experiments and deliver their own weather reports. Cost: $175. Click here to register.

Designing Dolls
Date: July 23 – 27  Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
In this camp, kids ages 5–12 will learn how to make a one-of-a-kind doll. Campers will design the hair, paint the face and even sew the clothing! Cost: $150. Click here to register.

Fusion Gaming
Date: July 23 – 27  Time: 1 – 4 p.m.
In this in-depth coding class, kids ages 8–14 will design and code a complex 3-level game with unique characters, sound effects and more. Cost: $175. Click here to register.

Fusion Gaming Junior
Date: July 23 – 27  Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
In this introductory course, campers ages 5–7 will strengthen their computer skills by coding their very own game using basic game design. Cost: $175. Click here to register.

Lego Animation
Date: July 30 – August 3  Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
This camp teaches kids ages 8–14 how to build sets, record voiceovers and edit stills for their own stop-motion animation movie. Cost: $175. Click here to register.

Adventures in Art Camp
Date: July 30 – August 2  Time: 2 – 4:45 p.m.
Artists ages 6–13 will create masterpieces in multiple mediums while learning fine art principles. All supplies are provided. Cost: $150. Click here to register.

You can register for all of these camps online or in person at Southlake Town Hall (1400 Main Street, Suite 210). Popular camps fill quickly, so be sure to register early! Camps that do not meet minimum registration requirements two business days prior to their scheduled start date will be canceled.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Southlake Community Services at 817-748-8019.

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Get Creative and Learn Something New in Southlake’s Summer Youth Programs

Our summer programs give kids of all ages the opportunity to unleash their creativity, make new friends and have a blast while school’s out.

Kreative Kids

Imagine the fun your little artist will have creating his or her own masterpieces! Crafts include Father’s Day gifts, birdhouse bird feeders, Fourth of July placemats, Mason jar vases and more.

Dates: June 11 – July 1
Time: Mondays, 2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
Registration: $75
Ages: 4–8
Click here to register

Lil’ Chefs

Lil’ Chefs is a hands-on, creative class where chefs-in-training will learn to mix, measure, decorate and taste. Recipes include beach cupcakes, firecracker cookies, pirate party snacks, octopus hot dogs, pizza quesadillas, summer fun shakes and much more!

Dates: June 11 – July 1
Time: Mondays, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Registration: $75
Ages: 4–8
Click here to register

Youth Safety Tools

This class teaches kids how to be observant of their surroundings and make wise, safe decisions. Kids ages 7-12 will learn how to stay safe while walking to school, interacting with strangers, dealing with bullies and so much more. We’ll even cover best practices in technology, from using the internet and social media to identifying programs that are bad for your devices.

Date: Saturday, June 16
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Registration: $59
Ages: 7–12
Click here to register

You can register for all of these programs online or in person at Southlake Town Hall (1400 Main Street, Suite 210). For more information, please contact Southlake Parks and Recreation at 817-748-8019.

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Southlake’s Youth Leadership honored for their S.K.I.L.’s

Yesterday evening on May 17, City leaders, Carroll Independent School District trustees, local business leaders and parents gathered to recognize this past year’s youth leadership graduates at the 3rd Annual S.K.I.L. (Southlake Kids Interested in Leadership) Awards Reception.

The reception has been a way to honor these student leaders’ success during the academic year and recognize all of those that have contributed to the program, and this year was no different. Southlake Mayor Laura Hill expressed her gratitude to all of the students for their commitment to the program and the value of good leadership.

The reception provided an opportunity for parents to meet with all the contributors to the program and what role they provided. “Without the contributions of the school district, the City, the Chamber of Commerce and all of our business partners, this program would not be possible,” said Daniel Cortez, the City of Southlake staff liaison to the program.

The evening reception concluded with the Southlake Chamber of Commerce giving special recognition to S.K.I.L. student Logan Reid who demonstrated a positive attitude and tremendous growth in her leadership skills over the last year and was awarded a scholarship towards her college education.

The youth leadership program, created in partnership between the City of Southlake, the Carroll Independent School District and the Southlake Chamber of Commerce, will continue into its 4th year beginning in the Fall of 2018 when the next generation of S.K.I.L. students enter their junior year at Carroll Senior High School.

You can learn more about the S.K.I.L. program and how you can contribute here.

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Youth Advisory Committee NRH Dog Show

Event date: May 6, 2018
Event Time: 01:00 PM – 11:59 PM
7804 Davis Boulevard
North Richland Hills, TX 76182
Do you think you have the cutest puppy or that your dog can do the best trick? The North Richland Hills Youth Advisory Committee will be hosting a dog show on Sunday May 6th at 2:00 PM. Events include: Best Costume, Best Small Dog (25 lbs. and under), Best Big Dog (over 25 lbs.), Best Groomed, Best Trick, Cutest Puppy
-Peoples Choice, and Best in Show (includes winner of each category). All proceeds from the show will benefit the NRH Animal Adoption and Rescue Center.

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City of Southlake Now Accepting Nominations for the 2018 Youth of the Year Award

Annually, the City of Southlake sponsors the Youth of the Year Award presented at the Southlake Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet.

This award recognizes outstanding teens who have made a difference in our community. The City traditionally receives exceptional nominations for young residents of Southlake demonstrating their commitment to our community. If you know a teen (ages 12-18) who deserves recognition for their outstanding role in the community, please nominate them by Friday, May 11 for this prestigious honor. Nomination forms can be found here.

Last year’s Youth of the Year Award recipient was an extraordinary young lady named Carlee Miller. Ms. Miller completed over 1,600 hours of volunteer service throughout her high school career. She dedicated significant time to the Best Buddies program, partnering with a student and supporting her buddy at Miracle League. She also volunteered to teach dance at two dance studios and served as a mentor at the Emerald Belles Summer Youth Camps. She also interned for the Carroll Education Foundation for two summers and participated in the PALS program. She managed to accomplish all this while also being a National Merit Commended Scholar and graduating summa cum laude. Carlee is an example of what our community promotes: academic excellence, community service and kindness.

We are looking forward to hearing how other youth residents of Southlake have made an impact on the community this year! If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact the City at 817-748-8019 or

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Help local youth develop into Rising Stars

Enrollment is open for the annual Rising Stars Youth Leadership Academy. The deadline to enroll is May 25 for the summer program, which runs June 12-Aug. 14.

Rising Stars provides youth ages 13-18 with exposure to area businesses, agencies and civic groups to provide them with a positive perspective on what their future can hold.

The program is meant to increase educational competence, physical and social development, and increase life skills. The program also exposes participants to a variety of professional fields, to help further their interests and provide them with guidance on how to succeed at those jobs.

Tuition is $15 per student. Apply online.

To learn more, visit the Rising Stars webpage or contact Daphne Brookins at 817-392-5784.

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Children’s Book Illustrator Leads Youth Art Class at the Library

Kids ages 6-10 years can learn the art of illustration from children’s book illustrator, Betsy Lewin.

Award-winning children’s book illustrator Betsy Lewin, whose most notable books are Click, Clack; Moo Cows That Type (Caldecott Honor Book 2005) and Duck for President (New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Books 2005) will visit the Southlake Public Library next week, Thursday March 8th, to teach illustration to children ages 6-10 years.

This class is free and will be held on the third floor of Southlake Town Hall. Registration is not required.

Contact the Library at 817-748-8243 with any questions.

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