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 center, providing after school programming and plenty of fun. The center offers a safe, supervised and social setting for teens ages 11-17.
By purchasing one of the programs below you 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, newspaper club, 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.
Additional Programming Information
- After School Programs
- Teen Night Out
- Daily Classes
- Summer Camp
- Meet the Staff
- About Us
- Outreach Program
- Youth Advisory Council
- Incentive Program
- Lead #LikeAGirl
- How Can I Help?
- Be A #ModelMan
After School Membership Program
This membership includes pick up from your school at dismissal time and transportation to the B.L.O.C.K. With the After School Membership you must be picked up from the B.L.O.C.K. by 8:30pm. Schools included in the After School Membership are: Achieve, Canton Charter, Canton Prep, Discovery, East, Liberty, PCEP, Pioneer, South Canton Scholars.
Day: M-F (School days only) Sept 7- June
Time: Mon-Thur 2:30-8:30pm and Fri 2:30-6:30pm
Fee: $479R/$607NR (Payment Plan Options)
Drop In Membership Program
If you do not attend one of the schools provided in the After School Membership Program then the Drop In Membership Program may be a better option for you! You can attend the B.L.O.C.K. everyday, although no transportation is provided by the B.L.O.C.K. A parent or guardian would be able to drop you off as early as 2:30pm and would need to pick you up by 8:30pm.
Day: M-F (School days only) Sept 7-June
Time: Mon-Thur 2:30-8:30pm and Fri 2:30-6:30pm
Fee: $209R/$263NR (Payment Plan Options)
Canton Express Shuttle
Canton Express can be combined with the After School Membership Program or the Drop In Membership Program. Canton Express is a shuttle that begins everyday at 4:30pm. With this addition the B.L.O.C.K. can drive you home, take you to soccer practice, or pick you up from home. The shuttle drives within an 11 mile radius of the B.L.O.C.K.
Day: M-F (School days only) Sept 7-June
Time: Mon-Thur 4:30-8:30pm and Fri 4:30-10:30pm
Fee: $335R/$419NR (Payment Plan Options)
Daily Drop In
Not sure if you want to come to the B.L.O.C.K. every day? That’s okay! You can drop in to the B.L.O.C.K. any day and anytime between 2:30pm and 8:30pm. No transportation is provided with the Daily Drop In option.
Day: M-F (School days only) Feb 2-June 11
Time: Mon-Thur 2:30-8:30pm and Fri 2:30-6:30pm
Fee: $3R/$4NR a day
For more information on registering for the Teen Night Out, Friday night program, please visit the Teen Night Out tab on this page.
Teen Night Out
Teen Night Outs (TNO) is a series of Friday night events designed just for teens. All events meet or take place at the B.L.O.C.K. Some TNO’s fill up quickly and space is limited. We encourage you to register in advance. Pizza and snacks are provided.
Every Friday 6:30-10:30 pm.
Registration for Teen Night Out closes at 6:45pm: No exceptions.
2017 Teen Night Outs
2/10: Valentine’s Day Party $5
2/17: NO TNO BLOCK closes at 6:30pm
2/24: Skyzone $5
3/3: Ice Skating and Smores’ $5
3/17:St. Patty’s Day Party $5
3/24:USA Hockey Game $5
3/31:Hang Out Night $5
4/7: NO TNO BLOCK closed
4/14: NO TNO BLOCK closed
4/21: Girls Sleepover (For current BLOCK Members only)- $15
4/28: Swimming and Basketball at the Summit - $5
5/5: Boys Sleepover (For current BLOCK Members only)- $15
5/12: Title Boxing- $5
5/19: Zap Zone- $5
5/26: Hang Out Night- $5
6/2: BLOCK Prom - $5
6/9: End of the Year Party- $5
*Schedule subject to change without notice*
Register Now for each upcoming Teen Night Out.
TNO Participant Requirements:All participants of the B.L.O.C.K. are required to have a current Emergency Contact Form and Behavior Contract on file.
All daily classes are free with the purchase of the After School Membership or Drop In Membership. Programming takes place everyday. Examples of programming is listed below.
BLOCK Buzz- Teen TV
In partnership with Canton Community Television and led by staff member,
Scott. Teens will create their own news show featuring interviews, BLOCK program segments, and current events. You could be the face of BLOCK Buzz!
Hungry? Or do you have dreams of being the next Top Chef? Join us for our weekly cooking classes. Recipes are easy and the food is delicious!
Join this musical choir group to sing your favorite hits and perform with your friends! This program is led by staff member, Latoya and takes place in The BLOCK music room.
In Partnership with the Canton Public Library offering FREE, fun and exciting programs including: Music Mashup/Remix Class, Pinterest Party, Hobbit Movie Party, and Food Fighters Club.
Led by staff member Courtney, participants will create their own BLOCK Newspaper and Yearbook covering special events at the center,around the community, and much more! Watch out Canton Observer!
Tutoring scholarships are available for participants. Please see the front desk for more information.
3 on 3 Basketball
Sign up to shoot and score with your friends! Weekly 3 on 3 tournaments will be taking place at The BLOCK basketball court and the Summit on the Park.
Summer Stay-Cation 2017
Registration HERE on Mar 11 at 10am
Escape to the BLOCK this summer and experience a summer vacation like none other. Our summer program mixes the right amount of hang out time with fun activities. Every Friday, we’ll whisk you away on an adventure to some of the coolest spots around. Register by the week, day, or just for road trips.
Location: B.L.O.C.K. Youth and Teen Center- 3rd Floor of the Canton Administration Building
Time: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm (NEW THIS YEAR-opening at 7am)
2017 Fees: Weekly Rate $126R/$151NR
Week 3 fee $101R/$126NR
Registering online only allows you to pay in full. Payment plan options are available but you must register at the Summit on the Park or BLOCK Front Desk. No daily drops in will be available, full week registration only)
The BLOCK will be closed from Aug 28-Sep 4In order to attend the BLOCK Summer Camp the following forms must be completed and returned.
2017 Field Trips (Schedule subject to change)
Week 1: Kensington Lake
Week 2: Michigan State Capitol (Wednesday) and Toledo Zoo
Week 3: Adventure Park
Week 4: Waterford Oaks Water Park
Week 5: Comerica Park Tour and Lunch Out
Week 6: Movie and Bowling
Week 7: Belle Isle (Wednesday) and Dave and Busters
Week 8: Ford Field Tour and Lunch Out
Week 9: Imagination Station
Week 10: Red Oaks Water Park
Example of Daily Activities Include:
Mondays: Game time, Fitness Class, Ice Cream Run
Tuesday: Game time, Art Class, Park Trip
Wednesday: Game Time, Cooking Class, Community Gardening
Thursdays: Game Time, Swimming at the Summit, Movie Time
Fridays: Field Trips
Other Activities Offered Throughout the Summer:Tie-Dye, Talent Show, Library Visits, Scavenger Hunts, Water Day, Messy Day, Field Day and More!
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.
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 adviser for the Youth Advisory Council. Laura has over 8 years of experience in after-school programming, youth development, and special event planning. In her spare time, she teaches dance at Central City Dance, plays softball, and spends time with her family and friends. 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
Scott Kardel: Scott has been "around the block" for awhile. Scott was a part of the Canton Youth Advisory Council for all four years of high school, which met at the B.L.O.C.K. every month. He also volunteered at Teen Night Out events the year leading up to getting hired. He is currently in his second year at Eastern Michigan University pursuing a degree in Social Work. If you get caught in a conversation with Scott, you're likely to hear about his love of dolphins, intense fear of frogs, and at least one serious rhyme every time. He considers few things more rewarding or special than the relationships he has made with the kids he's been lucky enough to meet through this program, and he looks forward to another great year!
Meghan Miller: Meghan is a proud graduate of the Plymouth-Canton School District. She also graduated from Madonna University with her teaching certificate in Social Studies, History, and English. Meghan is currently a teacher at Discovery Middle School for both 6th and 8th grade Social Studies. She is very passionate about working with middle school age students at a time in their lives when life can be a bit rough. In Meghan's spare time, she can usually be found "nerding out" and strolling along the streets of Greenfield Village, or spending quality time with her husband and friends!
Chelsea Schmitt: Chelsea graduated with honors in 2013 from Eastern Michigan University, and teaches English at Dundee High School. Chelsea has a passion for working with youth, in particular working toward youth empowerment with at-risk youth. Chelsea has several years experience with youth leadership both as a teacher and a youth council coordinator. In her free-time. Chelsea loves to hang out with her rescue dogs, Colby and Bridgette, and go camping with her family!
Youth Advisory Council Advisor
Jenny Porter: Jenny worked for the Township for more than 10 years! Jenny is currently in school to earn her degree in Social Work. Jenny says that she absolutely loves what she does here at the B.L.O.C.K. and the teens that she has been lucky to have met and formed connections with. She strives to help the teens that come to the BLOCK have the best time possible. After all you're only a kid once, and you might as well enjoy it! In her spare time she loves spending time with her large family, which includes 3 nieces and 2 nephews.
Teen Services Supervisors
Cameo Paul: More info on Cameo coming soon!
Teen Services Staff
Leslie Adams: Leslie graduated from Eastern Michigan University in April with a double major in Special Education and Elementary Education. She is currently a Teachers Aid in Ann Arbor. She has always enjoyed working with children and being a positive role model for them to look up to. She enjoys playing sports and staying active. She has an 11 month old puppy named Charlie Carlito that she is obsessed with. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her niece and going to target.
Shawn Davies: Shawn is currently studying mathematics and economics at Eastern Michigan University. He has been a resident of Plymouth Township for most of his life and graduated from Canton High School in 2012. Shawn has been playing soccer since he was four years old and has played on a variety of teams, including the Ann Arbor Arsenal, Livonia City Soccer Club, and the Canton Celtics. He loves all types of music and has been taking piano lessons for the last five years. Some of his other hobbies include running, cycling, and playing video games.
Leanne Coleman- Leanne is a junior at Eastern Michigan University currently working towards her bachelors degree in Social Work. Leanne has a passion for working with kids, and loves being a mentor to them. She enjoys being active and was a competitive figure skater for over ten years. In her spare time she likes to watch documentaries, play sports, and enjoys doing arts and crafts.
Rebecca Eaddy: Rebecca is currently the Coordinator for Yarts Detroit, the humanities branch of the Boll Family YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit. She has also held administrative positions with EMU Bright Futures 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program and most recently served as the Great Lakes Regional Specialist for Audience Development for SphinxCon, the Sphinx Organization’s national conference focused on issues surrounding diversity and inclusion in the arts. Rebecca is also a vocalist and holds degrees in voice performance from both the University of Michigan and Bowling Green State University. and has most recently covered the role of Clara in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess with New York Harlem Productions' Summer 2016 tour in Germany.
Micha-Nicole Jones: Micha-Nicole is studying dental hygiene and is in the process of transferring to a dental school from community college to complete her degree.. Micha-Nicole has a big heart and soft spot for children. She always makes sure to put a smile on their faces and give them experiences they will always remember.
Billy Keppen: Billy graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor's degree in secondary education social studies and history in April 2015. After student teaching, Billy decided that he wanted to pursue a career in recreation. He is currently working on his master's degree from the University of Toledo in recreation and leisure studies. Outside of the BLOCK, you can find Billy yelling at the television over a Detroit Tigers/Detroit Lions game. It is Billy's dream to one day get a Puggle and name him Dave.
Emily Libby: Emily has been working at the B.L.O.C.K. for the past three years. Emily graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Along with working at the B.L.O.C.K., she is a preschool teacher at Michigan Technical Academy. When Emily is not working, you can usually find her at the gym, golfing or spending time with family and friends. Although Emily is very active, she has also been known to eat ice cream out of the carton and eat large quantities of chips and salsa! Teaching and working with children is her passion, there is nothing else she would rather do. Changing lives one day at a time!
Ian Litchtenberg: More info coming soon!
Deanna Mitchell:Deanna attended Madonna University majoring in Criminal Justice. Deanna has over five years of experience working with youth of different magnitudes. Her hobbies include: flying the friendly skies seeing the world, enjoying a good book or partaking in sports.
Kelli Mottes: Kelli graduated from CMU in 2013. Since then she has worked at Teaching Family Homes, a group home for at-risk youth, and at the YMCA where she taught kids about healthy living. Kelli enjoys staying active, cooking, and spending time with my husband and their adorable pup, JoJo! Kelli recently moved to the area from the beautiful Upper Peninsula where she was born and raised. She loves to climb trees and catch frogs!
Tori Pennington: Tori is a child pysch major at Eastern Michigan University. She enjoys reading, writing, and nerd-ing out on Sims 4. She is playful and silly and loves putting smiles on other's faces.
Courtney Smith: Courtney is a student at Schoolcraft College studying Health Science and is going to continue her education 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.
The B.L.O.C.K. Youth and Teen Center was established in 2005. It is a unique facility that provides out-of-school programming specifically designed to meet the needs of teen participants, ages 11-17. The program provides the opportunity for youth the engage in supervised leisure activities.
At the B.L.O.C.K., we are dedicated to providing a safe, exciting and positive environment for all our participants to utilize and enjoy. The B.L.O.C.K. staff is trained to use good sense and moral character to be strong role models for all participants. We combine activities at the B.L.O.C.K. and other CLS facilities to make our facility relevant to teenagers.
- Provide a safe, fun, recreational and caring environment.
- Promote physical, mental and social well being.
- Build a strong sense of community by protecting and improving the environment.
- Help recognize the importance of every individual and to respect everyone equally.
- Provide an outlet for new exciting experiences and opportunities.
- Continue to seek feedback and input from children and staff
- Promote Health and wellness in all participants
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.
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
Scholarships are available for families in need and are awarded annually. Applications are available at the B.L.O.C.K. front desk.
Canton's Youth Advisory Council (Y.A.C.)
The Y.A.C. continues to assert itself as an influential group of high school students who truly make a difference in their community. Members participate in community service projects, lead special events, participate in local decision making, and award annual grants to organizations that benefit Canton Youth.
Members are selected via an application process. Applications are accepted annually each school year.
If you are a student in grades 9-12 who lives in Canton, and are interested in getting involved with this dynamic group, call the B.L.O.C.K. at 734/398-5570
Youth Advisory Council Purpose
Canton Township Leisure Services has identified Youth Development as a priority in the Canton Community. The Youth Advisory Council, through interaction with the community, philanthropy, and the Community Foundation will provide the Recreation Specialist (youth) input and guidance as Canton Leisure Services strives to enhance a sense of community among youth through empowerment and the education of responsibility youth have to their community.
Get involved in The B.L.O.C.K. Programming, the Canton Community, and make change through positive behavior and involvement. Build points for being involved in B.L.O.C.K. Programming and getting "caught" doing the "right" thing. Ex: 15 points for attending weekly Glee Club, 5 points for helping another participant with homework. Cash in points for mini prizes (ice cream trip, B.L.O.C.K. T-shirt, Pizza Party, Free Teen Night Out, Free Field Trip, etc.). The top 25 participants who earn the most points during the 15-16 school year will win a free trip! Sign up at The B.L.O.C.K. front desk.
2014-2015: Michigan Adventure
2015-2016: Kalahari Water Park
"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)
This leadership initiative through the B.L.O.C.K. Youth and Teen Center aims to inspire young women to rethink what it means to do something #LikeAGirl.
A group of 15 women will be selected though an application process at the B.L.O.C.K. in September 2016. Applications will require permission from parents and school administrators for consideration. Programs will be held at various community facilities to increase knowledge of, and exposure to local resources. Workshops, activities and conversations will be centered around self-esteem, healthy living and relationships, women in the media, service learning, women who wow and so much more! Participants who complete the 9-month commitment will graduate from the program in front of family and friends, celebrating their new understanding of what it really means to Lead #LikeAGirl.
Watch the VIDEO from the past years program!
2016-2017 Applications are now available! Click here. Applications are due September 16, 2016
For more information you can email our Lead #LikeAGirl Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Generous Program Partners & Sponsors
- Canton Township Board of Trustees
- Canton Community Television
- Canton Leisure Services
- Canton Public Library
- Canton Public Safety
- Canton Observer and Eccentric
- D&M Art Studio
- Eastern Michigan University
- First Step
- Mary Ann Foss
- State Representative, Kristi Pagan
- Chef Kristi Zebrowski
- Plymouth-Canton School District
- Photographer, Christie Cunningham
- Sweetwater Coffee and Tea
- St. Joseph Mercy Health System
- The Village Theater at Cherry Hill
How Can I Help?
The BLOCK 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 BLOCK (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
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:
- December 3rd (9:00am-3:00pm)
- January 21st (9:00am-3:00pm)
- March 25th (9:00am-3:00pm)
- April 27th (Evening graduation)
2016-2017 Applications are now available! Click here. Applications are due November 1, 2016