Wecome to The CanTeen!

The CanTeen provides teens between 8th and 12th grade a safe place to hang out after school! The CanTeen is a place where teens connect with friends, have fun, and grab a bite to eat. Everyone is welcome. Stop by and discover for yourself what The Canteen is all about!


The CanTeen has lots to offer. At The CanTeen you can…

Play some basketball!

Shoot a game of pool!

Just sit and relax for a bit!

Play a video game!

Play some pong!

Volunteer in the community!

Grab a bite to eat!

Play a board game!

Get resources for success! 

Connect with friends!

Get help with school!

Talk to someone you trust!

Have more questions about The CanTeen? Students, parents, and supporters can find additional information, forms, and resources, in our Questions & Answers section. Having trouble finding an answer? Reach out through our contact page. We would love to hear from you!

The CanTeen is celebrating 20 years of building relationships with youth in our communities. Continue below to learn about our history.

20 Years! - A History of The CanTeen




Local teens approached community leaders, including Town of Cicero Supervisor Joan Kesel, Chief of Police/Director of Community and Volunteer Services American Red Cross Joe Snell, North Syracuse Central School District teachers Bill Brown and Bill Bradley, North Syracuse Central School District Administrator Dr. David Morton and Undersheriff Warren Darby regarding offering services, supports and opportunities to keep youth safe and entertained during their out of school time.  While following a directive from then President Elizabeth Dole to cultivate more youth involvement, the local chapter of The American Red Cross partnered with the community to research the possibilities.  Bob Bewley, Director of Program Development for the American Red Cross, and Toni’Lyn Brauchle, Program Specialist for Community Connections, each committed 20 hours a week to the initiative.  With the assistance of Dr. David Morton, grants were applied for to operate the program.  Surveys were administered to youth in 6th – 12th grades in the North Syracuse Central School District researching the interest in the possibility of a local teen center.



The American Red Cross held a Grand Opening of the Northeast Youth Initiative with the slogan “We help you reach your stars”. Teen Center at MarketPlace Mall.  The “We Care” crisis hotline, formally located at the Town of Cicero, was moved under the umbrella of the Youth Initiative.



On January 1st, the Town of Cicero took over the program administration. A number of locations were explored while the Cicero Senior Center and William Park Recreation Building acted as alternate sites. Cicero Youth Bureau was formed with neighboring partners; Towns of Cicero, Clay, Salina and the Village of North Syracuse.  Those partners, in concert with a wide variety of representation from across all sectors also formed a Community Youth Board to specifically look at programs offered for youth.


The program signed a lease and settled into its third home, located next to the Cicero North Syracuse High School in New Country Plaza in Cicero.  Busing began to be offered through the North Syracuse Central School District for teens to the center from The North Syracuse Junior High School and home for all interested participants.  At the grand opening of this location, a local resident, Carole Laing, mentioned to the teens that in the 1950’s there was a teen center in the center of town called “The CanTeen.”  The teens decided to adopt the name and the teen center officially changed its name to The CanTeen with the slogan “It’s not a program, it’s a relationship”.



With the assistance of Town of Cicero Police Chief Joseph Snell, The Friends of the CanTeen (501c3) tax exempt organization was formed.  Their sole mission was to accept donations from the community and raise funds to operate the teen center.


The Cicero Youth Board changed its name to Greater Cicero Community Connections For Youth Board to better reflect all of the parties involved in the CanTeen.





The CanTeen was again uprooted as the lease was not extended. They relocated for the fourth time 2.5 miles from the high school to 8837 Brewerton Rd.  The renovation to the new facility was done by volunteers: new wiring, lights, wall removal and a fresh coat of paint applied.




Led by Assemblyman Al Stirpe, steps were taken to secure funding to purchase a permanent “home” on the perimeter of the CNS High School complex.


Inaugural Gus Macker 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament made the Friends of the CanTeen over $20,000.




Friends of the CanTeen (501c3) purchased 6046 State Route 31 in Cicero, New York as their new, permanent “HOME”!


Our own Extreme Home Makeover “CanTeen Style” began. Local Architect John Goodman volunteered his time to draft the specific plans. Under the coordinated efforts of Greg Lancette, Central and Northern New York Building & Trades Council President, the following trade groups volunteered their time and expertise to assist:

  • Bricklayers & Allied Craft Workers Local #2
  •  Roofers Local #195
  •  International Association of Heat & Frost Insulators & Allied Workers Local #30
  •  IBEW Local #43
  • Painters District Council #4
  • United Association of Plumbers & Steamfitters Local #267
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local #58

Additionally, Engineers from C&S Companies gave of their time and talents. Also, volunteers from the North Syracuse Central School District and the community were too numerous to count.  Many local businesses donated supplies and installation costs.



March 14th

The CanTeen officially opened for business at 6046 Route 31.




The CanTeen celebrates 20 years of building relationships with youth in our community.


Celebrating 20 Years of Building Relationships!

The CanTeen

6046 State Route 31
Cicero, NY 13039

Phone: 315-699-1391
Fax: 315-699-3340

Not just a program...
...it's a relationship!


After School Hours:
Monday: 2:00 - 7:00 pm
Tuesday: 2:00 - 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 2:00 - 7:00 pm
Thursday: 2:00 - 8:00 pm
Friday: 2:00 - 7:00 pm