Frequently Asked Questions

What is Nucleus?

Nucleus Teen Center is a projected project that will serve the teens of the greater South Bay Area. If this project comes to fruition, Nucleus will be an amalgamation of creativity, innovation, study spaces, and free spaces.

Why is this different than current study spaces?

Nucleus is more than just study spaces. Nucleus is an epicenter of creativity and innovation for teens from many communities, multiple schools, and multiple socioeconomic backgrounds. Current study spaces only feature some of the tools that Nucleus will, such as computer access. These study spaces are also in the same facility as numerous opportunities to express oneself, which can be a nice respite from studying. While the QuietSpace will always remain a study center, it is an opportunity to meet and connect with other teens. Libraries are only in our community for research, reading, and studying, and schools are only available at certain times; Nucleus is a dedicated space for studying, research, reading, and so much more, at the times teens need them.

What are the features of the facility?

Please see our homepage for a thorough listing and explanation of what the facility plans to offer.

What age groups will be allowed in Nucleus?

During open hours, Nucleus is exclusively a center for teens aged 13-18, or until the end of high school. Teens will be required to prove their school status, grade, and age before entering the facility for the first time. Additionally, despite the ages of students, only 8th-12th grade students will be allowed to use the facility.

I have some concerns about safety and security.

With the wide variety of ages and users, safety concerns are understandable. The safety and security of Nucleus teens is a main priority. The facility is useless if teens don't feel safe using it. To begin with, all students must provide proof of age and grade level. Badges will be issued to all teens, and teens must scan their badges upon entry and exit, and when using individual facility spaces. Teens and their guardians must sign use agreements, which include policies such as a drug and alcohol use agreement (absolutely banned at Nucleus) and a weapons policy (also, of course, banned at Nucleus). We also will maintain an appropriate staff-to-teen ratio at all times. Nucleus staff will be responsible adults, but to ensure the utmost safety of teens will be required to take and subject to random drug testing and pass federal background checks. 

Is this space fincancially feasible?

With the help of community support and private donors, yes. Although this does include the construction or at the very least an alteration of a building, a space like this could be funded with just community support.

Will it be free to use?

Based on teen centers such as Foster City’s The Vibe Teen Center and Ann Arbor, M.I.’s The Neutral Zone, our facility will be a pay once space; that is, with a single payment (either for the entirety of high school or yearly), a teen gets to use the facility as much as they like. This fee will likely not exceed $25/year, at the maximum, to ensure affordability for all. Donations will always be appreciated! In fact, the only way Nucleus could be possible is with the help of generous donors.

The South Bay is pretty spread out. Where will Nucleus be built, and will it be easily accessible?

In order to serve a large amount of students, it's assumed that Cupertino area will be the most feasible. Additionally, Nucleus will be built in an area heavily trafficked by public transportation. We will aim to serve students from the following districts:

  • Fremont Union High School District (FUHSD)

  • Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District (LGSUHSD)

  • Campbell Union High School District (CUHSD)

  • Campbell Union School District (CUSD)

  • Cupertino Union School District (CUSD)

  • Moreland School District

  • Mountain View–Los Altos Union High School District (MVLA)

  • Sunnyvale School District

  • San José Unified School District (SJUSD)

  • Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD)

  • East Side Union High School District (ESUHSD)