12 Days of Giving: North Roseville REC Center serves ‘vulnerable’ youth

Volunteers provide tutoring, art lessons, recreation and more
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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During the 12 Days of Giving from Nov. 23-Dec. 4, the Press Tribune will feature a new nonprofit online every day and share how you can help its mission.

Each day after school, local youth head over to the North Roseville Recreation Education and Creativity Center on High Street.

They come from nearby schools, mainly Buljan and Cooley middle schools, Kaseberg and Woodbridge elementary schools, Roseville High School and Adelante High School. This vulnerable community faces higher rates of unemployment, hunger, homelessness and crisis then the surrounding area, according to the REC center.

At the center, children ages 5 to 12 have access to tutoring, one-on-one reading, art history, life sills, recreation and sports. The tutoring service is especially critical, according to center Director Caroline Nelson. 

“With this community, a lot of the parents don’t speak English and can’t help their children with homework because they’re not able to even explain the homework to them,” Nelson said.

Teenagers ages 13 to 18 can also participate in a teen leadership program that teaches leadership, continued education and job training. The center also offers classes for parents and a summer day camp.

Nonprofit name: North Roseville REC Center

Mission: Founded in 1994, the center aims to help at-risk young and their families primarily in north Roseville through education and academic support, life skills training and encouraging creative outlets.

How to help: The center is funded solely by donations and grants, and has an ongoing wish list to remain operational. These items include: bikes, books in Spanish, cooking oil, garden supplies, non-breakable bowls and plates, paper supplies, printer ink, silverware, screen doors, computers, cleaning supplies and paper towels. This time of year, they need winter clothes, boots and umbrellas.

The owners of a local UPS Store are hosting a free Christmas present gift wrapping fundraiser for the center from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at 1079 Sunrise Ave. in Roseville. They ask for a small donation.

Contact: Call (916) 789-7884 or visit

Check back tomorrow for the next in the Press Tribune's 12 Days of Giving series.