The Saint Monica Teen Center is the first teen center operated by the City of Raleigh and provides a wide range of programs and opportunities for the teenagers of Raleigh! The facility houses a state of the art technology room, teen lounge, fitness/dance room, multipurpose classroom, wall of history, and homework area. Activities include dance and music classes, homework assistance, fitness programs, computer lab, Teen Advisory Board, educational programs, and more! The Saint Monica Teen Center is open to ages 13-19 who are currently enrolled in a middle or high school and will require membership. Membership requires proper registration forms acknowledging rules, policies, and code of conduct along with signatures from the teenager and parent/guardian. If the teen is under 18, a parent/guardian signature is required. Once registration and membership is processed, a pass is issued which is required for the sign-in and sign-out procedure regarding access to the Saint Monica Teen Center.

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15 N. Tarboro Street
Raleigh, NC 27610

Phone: (919) 996-4770 


Day Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Opens 2:00 pm 2:00 pm 2:00 pm 2:00 pm 2:00 pm 1:00 pm 1:00 pm
Closes 8:00 pm 8:00 pm 8:00 pm 8:00 pm 8:00 pm 8:00 pm 6:00 pm 



The Catholic Diocese of Raleigh built St. Monica's for African American students in 1930, when all city schools were still segregated. This small building with spare Gothic detailing housed eight elementary grades in four classrooms. The school thrived: Many saw St. Monica's as a better educational option than the public schools for African Americans. In the 1950s, the Diocese integrated its facilities and African American students could attend Sacred Heart Cathedral, the white Catholic elementary school. St. Monica's closed in 1967. The building is a Raleigh Historic Landmark.

Photo by Michael Zirkle Photography 
© Raleigh Historic Development Commission