Totally Teens

San Diego teens! Here you'll find contests, events, scholarship information, volunteer opportunities and resources for tweens and teens in San Diego County. Come back every month for new events and information.

» Parents of teens! Find great articles and resources to help your parenting journey in our Just For You: Teens section.

Teens can have fun volunteering for ArtWalk @ Liberty Station.


Tobacco-Free Life Academic Scholarship. Tobacco-Free Life awards $2,000 in scholarships each quarter to students, ages 14 & up, who are committed to creating a tobacco-free world. To apply, simply submit a well-researched and evidence-based paper that offers advice to tobacco users. Winners will be chosen based on the content, style and originality of their essays. For essay requirements and scholarship rules, visit Deadline: Oct. 31, 11 pm (PST).


"Pippin." Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He realizes that happiness is found not in extraordinary endeavors but in everyday moments. July 28-Aug. 13. Fri., 7 pm; Sat. & Sun., 2 pm. For tickets, visit website.For ages 13 & up due to mature humor and themes. Casa del Prado Theatre, Balboa Park.

"Screenagers." Join other youth and parents for a free screening of this film which probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists, solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world. Following the film, participants will join age-appropriate groups led by experts in the fields of law enforcement and child development for candid discussions. July 23, 5-7 pm. Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Dr., La Jolla.

Mira Mesa Teen Nites. Enjoy fun programs every Friday, through Aug. 25, 5:30-8:30 pm. Free. For ages 12 -17. Mira Mesa Community Park, 8575 New Salem St.

End your Evening on a High Note with "La La Land." Watch this film about a jazz pianist who falls in love with an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. Enjoy games and music before the screening. July 28, 6-10:30 pm. Free. Heritage County Park, 2454 Heritage Park Row, San Diego.

Teen Painting Party. Aug. 1, 3:30 pm. Free. Mission Branch Library, 3861 Mission Ave., Oceanside.

Saturday Science Club for Girls: The Great American Eclipse. On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will be visible in the United States for the first time in 38 years! Explore the phenomenon of eclipses and prepare for this historical celestial event. Aug. 12, noon-2 pm. $15. Call to pre-register. For grades 5-8. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park.; 619-238-1233, ext. 806.


Volunteers Needed for the Junior Adaptive Sports Camp. Lend a hand at this camp to be held at San Diego Miramar College and North Crown Point Shores from July 24-29. Volunteer opportunities include equipment registration and check-in, coaching, food service, equipment set-up and breakdown, general operations and more. For details, go to

City of Poway's Teen Volunteer Program. Assist the Community Services staff in planning, organizing and facilitating various recreation activities for the City of Poway and surrounding communities. Volunteer duties may include games and sports, arts and crafts, music, outdoor activities and more. Must be at least 14 years old. For details and to apply, email or go to


Do you have a story to tell? Do you have an opinion on a current issue? We’re looking for writers, ages 13-18, to be published as guest columnists for our Teen Life column. Essay must be no more than 800 words. Submit articles via email as a text document to For guidelines, visit our “Teen Life & Youth Voices” page.

Help Spread the Word! Email information about events, contests, scholarships and volunteer opportunities for teens to Include brief description, date, time, address, cost, contact number and website. Submission does not guarantee publication. Deadline for the September issue: August 1.

» Visit our summer camp section to read Teens Wanted: Counselors in Training, a list of great summer camp volunteer opportunities for San Diego teens.

» To find more volunteer opportunities, visit our Donations, Volunteers, and Local Fundraisers page.

Updated: July 2017