New York City teens have the benefit of growing up in one of the greatest cities in the world. The Y offers many programs and services for teens to help them give back, read ahead, work out, learn a new skill and meet friends.
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Teens can experience camping through both overnight and day camp. Whether it's singing or swimming, nature hikes or computer classes, counselors at YMCA camps lead teens in developing new skills and having fun.
Swim, Sports & Play
- Swim — For first-timers or those looking to improve their skills, the Y offers programs for all levels of swimmers.
- Lifeguard Training and Certification — Become a certified lifeguard and help save lives.
- Sports — The Y offers an array of exciting sports programs for teens to learn and practice the in’s and out’s of a sport they are passionate, and classes can be progressive so they will develop skills and coordination over time.
- Competitive Sports & Swimming — At the Y, we believe that it’s no matter if you win or lose, but how you play the game. Our branches are home to competitive sports including basketball, soccer, baseball and swim teams.
- Dance — Dance is a productive and expressive outlet for our kids to unleash their creative sides. We offer tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, ballroom or a combination of and the majority of our Y branches.
- Health & Fitness — The Y offers lots of options for teens to be healthy and have fun doing so.
- Martial Arts — Martial arts helps teens develop fitness, focus, self-discipline and socilization skills.
- Teen Centers — Our Teen Centers are a fun and safe place for teens to socialize, exercise and have positive interaction with peers and YMCA counselors.
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- College Preparation — The Y can help your child prepare for college. From touring colleges together with teens from the neighborhood to filling out necessary paper work, Y teen staff can help you take charge of the college application process. Contact your local Y teen director for more information.
- Leaders Clubs — You can meet many of tomorrow’s leaders today in our leadership incubation program that gives teens the opportunity to improve their leadership and social skills, while giving back to the community. Teens meet on a weekly basis in small groups to develop and implement projects aimed at providing valuable service to their local community.
- Rowe Scholars — Rowe Scholars (formerly Y Scholars) helps students and their parents realize that college is a real and attainable option. The programs serves students enrolled in grades 6-12, offering continued support throughout college and beyond.
- STEM (Science. Technology. Engineering. Mathematics.) — The YMCA of Greater New York, as the city’s largest youth services organization, has a valuable role to play in introducing young people to technical fields, spurring their interest, and showing them that they can transcend socioeconomic barriers to have rewarding futures.
- Teens Take the City — Teens Take the City is a dynamic leadership development program that offers NYC teens the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and get involved in issues affecting them and their community. Teens engage in community mapping to figure out how to better their community, work in small groups to identify a law to address the issue, develop a policy proposal that is debated for other teens at City Hall, learn the history and function of NYC government, and meet and interview a NYC official. Once students have developed a policy proposal, they will implement their initiatives in their community through youth-lead service learning activities. Talk about social responsibility at its best!
- Tutoring — Does your child need a little extra help preparing for that big exam or just completing their homework assignments? Homework help and learning center is available at select Ys.
- Youth & Government — Youth & Government lets young people experience how our nation’s democratic process works from the inside out. Starting with issues that stir their passions, teens learn to debate public policy, write legislation and (simulate) taking over the State Legislature in Albany. Proposed legislation originating with Youth & Government participants has gone on to be presented by actual legislators and signed into New York State Law. Organized in 1936 in the State of New York, the YMCA Youth & Government Program is now a national program of the YMCA held in 38 states with more than 46,000 students from all walks of life involved.
- Y Afterschool — What’s a working parent to do when school is out at 3pm? The Y runs more than 100 quality afterschool programs throughout in the city out of our branches and in New York City public schools. Contact the Youth & Family Director at your local YMCA for more information.
- Y Global Teens — YMCA Global Teens is a leadership development and service learning program that engages teens in a year-long empowering international experience culminating with a summer service abroad experience.
To get involved in the programs listed above, please contact your local branch and ask for the teen director.