What is the Boise Brick House?
The Boise Brick House(BBH) is a teen-driven after school drop-in center for relaxation with friends, homework, free food, fun activities, and empowering conversations about mental wellness. The Boise Brick House started in November 2021 and welcomes high school participants from across the Treasure Valley area. Our drop-in center is located in Families and Youth of Idaho’s office and is a 1940s home in Boise.The drop-in center consists of a retro kitchen, a dining room, a living room, a club meeting room, a back patio, a front yard, and downstairs hang out room. The Boise Brick House is operated by FYIdaho staff and trained Teen Volunteers. We are a safe place for teens to gather with their peers to build connections and decompress. We seek to nourish teens’ brains and bodies by providing healthy snacks and meals for free, and providing a place to study and learn new skills. Teens are encouraged to host study groups and student club meetings at the Boise Brick House. Teen participants are welcome to attend our regularly planned activities, and events put on by community partners or FYIdaho Teen Leaders.
Where is BBH Located?
The Boise Brick House is located at the Families and Youth of Idaho office in the North End of Boise at the corner of 7th and Franklin. We are within walking distance of Boise High School and North Junior High School. Our address is 704 N 7th Street Boise, ID 83702.
When is it Open?
The Boise Brick House is open during the school year on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 2:45-5:30pm. Our drop-in center follows the Boise School District calendar and is not open during most school breaks. During summer break, the Boise Brick House is open on Wednesdays from 10:00am-2:00pm. Some clubs, Youth MOVE groups, and community partners may coordinate with our staff to use the Boise Brick House outside of normal drop-in space hours.
FYIdaho staff plans fun and engaging activities for high schoolers to participate in each day at the Boise Brick House. These activities range from movies & media, to cooking & baking, arts & crafts, games & recreation, wellness, and activities with community partners and FYIdaho Teen Leaders. High school participants are welcome to relax and hang out in our space even if they are not participating in our scheduled programming; we have plenty of supplies and space to relax or do homework.
Monthly Activity Schedule
- 1st and 3rd week:
- Mondays: Movies & Media
- Tuesdays: Cooking & Baking
- Wednesdays: Wellness
- 2nd and 4th week:
- Mondays: Arts & Crafts
- Tuesdays: Games & Recreation
- Wednesdays: Community partner or FYIdaho Teen Leadership workshop or event
To stay informed about upcoming activities and events, check out the Calendar at the bottom of this webpage and follow us on Instagram @theboisebrickhouse.
Interested in using our space?
Are you interested in using the Boise Brick House for a student club, teen group, or study group meeting? Is your organization interested in partnering with FYIdaho to host a workshop, event, or activity at the Boise Brick House? Email email@example.com or call/ text 208-907-1393 to schedule with us or learn more!
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To learn more, fill out our interest form here.
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Fill out our RSVP form here if you plan on attending this training. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!
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