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.

Education, Leadership, and College Prep

Leaders Club

This program provides club members with opportunities for leadership training, personal growth, community service, and social development. Young people meet on a weekly basis in a small group of peers and advisors to map out career and educational goals, seek information, and share experiences related to self-improvement.

Ages 12-17
Wednesdays 5:30-7:30 PM

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.

Ages 12-17
Tuesdays 5:30-7:30 PM

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.

Teen Center

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. Teen Center encourages teens ages 12-17 to interact in a safe and positive social setting.

Swim & Sports

Swim Lessons

Teens can learn to swim, improve their skills, or join a youth swim team. 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

Contact Us

Questions about classes at the Y? Our membership team is here to help you.