Recreation Division
Recreation Division

MLK Jr. Youth Services Center/Young Adult Project (Y.A.P.)

The Young Adult Project provides a comprehensive range of services that include ongoing basic services such as counseling, tutoring, violence prevention and leadership development. Y.A.P. is a community-based organization administered by the City of Berkeley Parks Recreation & Waterfront Department. Y.A.P.'s purpose is to create a healthy and safe social environment for youth and to reduce juvenile delinquency through the provision of educational, cultural, counseling, and recreational activities. Registration priority for this program is given to south and west Berkeley residents. Students must be referred by either a teacher or counselor. YAP also provides staff leadership for the Berkeley Youth Commission.

MLK Jr. Youth Services Center Features

The MLK Jr.Youth Services Center/YAP features space that can be reserved and rented by community members. A 2-hour minimum rental is required, per room. Rooms or the gymnasium are rented during either "Regular Hours", or those hours during the day or evening when City-initiated programs are held; or "Non-Regular Hours", or those hours during either the day or evening when the Center is open to the public for reason other than spronsoring City programs. Call 981-6670 for information. View Facility Rentals Page

YAP gym
  • gymnasium (can seat up to 370) 
  • 3 meeting rooms 
  • computer lab  
  • kitchen 
  • outdoor picnic and recreational space 

Activity Guide
Activity Guide

Online Registration

Registration Information

Registration Form

Sports Programs


Scholarship Application
Facility Rental Request


Youth Commission
Youth Commission identifies youth needs and reviews and recommends programs. Members of the Youth Commission must be Berkeley Residents. Each Council Member appoints one member and the School Board appoints nine members for a total of eighteen members. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Youth Commission, email Ginsi Bryant at Call 981-6671 for more information.

Scholarship Information
Scholarships are available provided applicant meets eligibility and verification requirements. You must submit an application and documentation at the time of registration. Scholarship applications can be obtained at any of the Community Centers or at Recreation Administration, and on the website.  

Refund Policy
All requests for refunds must be directed to the Recreation and Youth Services Manager, 1947 Center Street, Berkeley, CA. 94704. The original receipt must be submitted with a written request for a refund. The request must state the reason for the refund, and the date, time and location of the program. The Recreation and Youth Services Manager will render a decision to either: 1) refund the fee; 2) pro rate the fee; or 3) deny the request.   

No refunds or credit will be granted without 7 days notice prior to start of class. The City will deduct 25% of the amount paid from the Refund to cover administrative expenses, or a minimum $10.00 service charge. A refund will be granted for an individual or family if a doctor’s certificate is provided along with the written request for the refund.


MLK Jr. Youth Services Center/Young Adult Project (Y.A.P)
1730 Oregon Street, Berkeley, CA 94703
TEL: (510) 981-6670
Acting Recreation Coordinator: Ginsi Bryant
TEL: 981-6671


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(510) 981-CITY/2489 or 311 from any landline in Berkeley
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