To keep kids in school by reducing barriers to learning while supporting social and emotional well-being.
~Safe Schools Mohawk Valley
Safe Schools Mohawk Valley
106 Memorial Parkway
Utica, NY 13501
p: (315) 792-2205
f:  (315) 792-3636
Monday-Friday 3p-6p
(Everyday that School is in session)
Proctor High School Students Only

The Underground Cafe Teen Center, a program of Utica SS/HS, aspires to transform the experiences and perceptions of teens in Utica by creating venues for leadership, civic engagement and creative expression.  There is no cost!


    *After School Program - open to Proctor High School Students everyday school is open - activities include arts, music, dance, life skills and recreation.

    *Drop-in Center - Open school breaks and summer - join us for recreation activities, hanging out with friends, use a computer, listen to music and watch movies

    *Leadership and Resiliency Skills - start now to prepare for college, challenge yourself with a new activity, meet new friends, or learn to express yourself with art, dance, or music, learn valuable conflict resolution skills, become a leader

    *Service learning projects - change your community, challenge our leaders, voice your opinions, make a difference in your world, learn about your community

Believing in the power of youth voice, The Underground Cafe found a permanent home at Westminster Presbyterian Church.  The invaluable partnership has allowed Utica SS/HS to renovate an older space to its needs, have access to a gymnasium and stage, be located in downtown Utica, and involve the teens in a variety of Church activities, such as their food pantry, which helps the community.

As is true for all Utica SS/HS services, the goal is for teens to succeed in school and in life.