Today’s teens are tomorrow’s leaders. Y teen programs offer New York City young people a forum to be heard. Through civic engagement programs, health and fitness activities and special interest clubs, teens can connect with their peers while giving back to their community.

At the Y, we work every day to help teens set and achieve their personal and educational goals. As a result, NYC teens gain confidence as they recognize the Y as a place where they belong and can feel comfortable exploring new interests and passions. Through our leadership and academic enrichment programs, the Y makes sure that every teen has an opportunity to envision and pursue a positive future, and to take an active role in strengthening his or her community.

Teen Hours are from 3-8 PM during the weekdays. Teens may use the facility after 8 PM Monday through Friday and on weekends only with parental supervision.

For information about our teen programs, contact Ibrahim Diakite at or call 212-912-2125.

Teen Membership

Come out and show your skills on our basketball court, work out in our fitness center or just hang out with friends in our lounge. A fitness orientation must be completed by all teens before using the cardio area.

Teen Membership

Education, Leadership, and College Prep

Teen After School Program


Here at the Harlem YMCA we develop our Teen Center activities based on our teens’ needs and interests. We operate on weekday afternoons and provide activities such as: spoken word, teen talk, access to a computer lab, dance, step, swimming, sports tournaments, open gym for recreation, basketball, soccer and other sports, health and fitness activities, academic support such as tutoring and homework help, college readiness workshops, service learning and community service opportunities and so much more.

Achievers in Industry Corporate Scholarship Program (bai)

The Achievers in Industry (bai) initiative launched the Corporate Scholarship program to provide direct support to motivated New York City high school students in pursuit of a higher education. Thanks to our corporate partners, a goal has been established to award 50 plus scholarships at $2,500 each year.


All New York City college bound high school seniors are eligible to apply for the bai Corporate Scholarship and previous scholarship recipients currently in their freshmen, sophomore, and junior year of college. Students with an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Business/Finance are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicant must submit:

  • Completed application
  • Two Essays
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Official Transcript
  • Professional Photograph

Recipients are selected based on a written essay, academic achievement and financial need. Applications will be available in November 2018 and are due no later than January 31, 2019. Scholarship recipients will be recognized at the 2019 Achievers in Industry Awards Gala on March 28, 2019 at Cipriani Broadway – 25 Broadway.

Approximately 40 scholarships of $2,500 each will be awarded.

For NYC High School Seniors not enrolled in a YMCA of Greater New York Teen Program:

Apply Online for bai Corporate Scholarship

One $5,000 scholarship will be awarded. 

For NYC High School Seniors who are currently enrolled in a YMCA of Greater New York Teen Program. 

Youth Achiever Applicants will automatically be considered for the bai Corporate Scholarship; but can only receive one scholarship. 

Apply Online for bai Youth Achiever Scholarship

bai Mentor Program

FREE for High School Students

The Mentor Program connects motivated New York City teens with acknowledged successful professional adults to realize their full potential through a variety of academic and social resources and experiences. Mentors have been recognized as Achievers in Industry at the Harlem YMCA’s Annual Awards Ceremony, referred by a Achiever Alum, or recommended by their respective corporations to participate in this program. Mentors are linked with mentees based on the mentee’s career goal and mentor’s area of expertise, as well as their common hobbies/ personal interests. Mentors and Mentees develop their own schedule of educational, social and recreational activities, based on their mutual schedules, and participate in a host of YMCA events during the school year that nurture a mentoring relationship. Mentors are encouraged to assist the YMCA in the efforts of conducting quality workshops and seminars, which focus on college readiness and career and personal development.

bai College Tour

High School Students

The bai College Tour is an annual trip that allows the Harlem YMCA to take 40 college bound high school juniors to visit a number of Historical Colleges & Universities. Each year the itinerary changes, but some of the regular stops include: Hampton, Spelman, Morehouse, Clark Atlanta, North Carolina A&T and many more! Applications for the College Tour will be available November 5, 2018, and are due no later than February 15, 2019. Our 2019 HBCU tour will take place from April 21 – April 26, 2019.

Apply Online

Teens Take the City

By working alongside local political leaders, teens have the chance to see how political decisions are made, and learn how to become effective agents of change. Writing legal memoranda, resolutions, and press releases gives teens hands on experience, and exposure to how the democratic process impacts NYC communities.

6-12th Grade
Fridays 4:30-6 PM

Y Global Teens

Global Teens is an international exchange and service learning program which encourages teens to step outside the comfortable surroundings of their home country and embark on a deep, inspirational and impactful journey of personal growth and global exploration for teens ages 13 to 18. Teens are selected through an intensive application and interview process. Each travel group participates in overseas and NYC area service projects focused on a specific social issue, such as food injustice, environmental awareness, human rights, freedom of expression, HIV/ AIDS prevention, diabetes prevention and more. Through a year-long commitment, teens are able to positively and powerfully interact with the global community.

Swim & Sports

Swim Lessons

Teens can learn to swim and improve their skills. Swimming programs are not part of the Teen Center. 

Find a Swim Lesson

Lifeguard Training and Certification

Become a certified lifeguard and help save lives.

Become a Lifeguard

Youth Sports

Teens can learn to play a sport, develop make new friends, and become empowered in youth sports programs such as basketball, soccer and martial arts. Sports programs are not part of the Teen Center. 

Find a Sports Class



Day Camps

YMCA teen camps in all five boroughs are designed to immerse campers in fun activities that keep them active, learning, and engaged during the summer months. Teen campers participate in hands-on programming geared towards building self-confidence as well as activities designed to engage teens in developing educational and career goals. Campers go on field trips, and participate in swimming, dancing, singing, sports and more!

Find a Day Camp

Sleepaway, Adventure, and Sports Camps

Teens can participate in traditional sleepaway camps, adventure camps, and sports camps at YMCA Camp in Huguenot, New York, located 86 miles northwest of NYC between the Delaware Water Gap and the Catskill Mountains.

Camp Info