At the Y, teens can work on leadership skills, prep for college, play a sport, and give back through programs designed for them. We’re committed to empowering youth around New York City, and many of our teen programs are free for qualified participants.

In addition to our programming, the Teen Center at the North Brooklyn YMCA also provides young people with a safe space to socialize, seek support, and participate in activities.

Teen Center membership is free with active program participation. Programs run October-June. For more information on how to sign up and any program questions, contact our Teen Center team.


Leaders Club

Ages 12-17

Free! A nationally recognized core YMCA teen program provides participants with opportunities for leadership training, personal growth, service to others and social development. Teens meet on a weekly basis in small groups, working closely with their peers and an adult advisor on skill and character building activities, as well as planning and organizing projects with an emphasis on educational success, community service and goal-setting.

Wednesdays, 5:30-7 PM


Teens Take the City

Ages 12-17

Free! Builds on the YMCA’s rich tradition of engaging young people in public service by introducing youth to the workings of the democratic process with a focus on city government. Group lessons and activities prepare teens for participation and leadership in the political process as well as fostering responsible citizenship through increased awareness of social issues.

Tuesdays, 5:30-7 PM


Teen Center

Ages 12-17

Free! Offered on Saturday evenings from October through June as a fun, safe place for teens to socialize, exercise and have positive interaction with peers and YMCA staff. The center is open to teens from local communities and offer activities such as sports, fitness, arts and discussion groups.

Saturdays, 6-9 PM


Swim Lessons

Students learn personal water safety, achieve basic swimming competency, and progress to learn about the four competitive swimming strokes.

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Teen Camp

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!

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Overnight, Adventure, and Sports Camps

Teens can participate in traditional overnight 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.

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