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.


Teen Center membership is free with active program participation thanks to generous donor support of the Y's Annual Campaign. Programs run October-May. For more information on how to sign up, contact our Teen Center team.

Leadership & Civic Engagement

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.

Teen Center

6-12th Grade

Our Teen Center is a fun and safe place for teens to socialize, network, and have positive interaction with peers and YMCA counselors. Teens will also have access to the 4th floor fitness facility and basketball court. 

Spring 2022 Hours:
Tues-Fri 2:30PM-5:30PM

College Access & Career Readiness

Rowe Scholars

9th-12th Grade 

High school students have the opportunity to participate in a workshop series on college prep and career readiness. Advisors provide guidance in navigating the intricacies of applying for college and preparing to join the workforce.

Spring 2022 Hours:
Tuesdays 2:30-5:30PM

Swim & Sports

Teen Fitness Consultation

Ages 11-17

To start your teen’s fitness experience off on the right foot, we require a teen orientation to teach them gym etiquette, the proper use of equipment, and to work out in a safe manner. Consultations are provided to new teen members and teen program participants. Inquire to schedule a consultation. 

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

Group Fitness Classes

The Y offers many group fitness classes each week, free for Y members and Teen Center participants.  Find a class that works for you, drop in, and start working out!

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