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. Teen Leadership and College Readiness Programs are free to qualified students

To learn more about Teen Programs, contact your local Y.

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YMCA Teen Centers create safe spaces for teens to college prep and life skills

Teen Centers

Teen Centers around the city provide young people with a safe space to socialize, seek support, and participate in activities that prepare them for higher education and success as an adult. Teen Center programs are free thanks to the generous donor support from the Y’s Annual Campaign.
Teens learn leadership and life skills in Leaders Club by volunteering through the YMCA

Leaders and Junior Leaders Clubs

Tomorrow’s leaders can get started in our leadership incubation program. These clubs give teens the opportunity to improve their leadership and social skills, while giving back to the community.
YMCA teen Rowe Scholarship prep college

Rowe Scholars

Rowe 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.
Teens learn about the political process through Teens Take the City

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.
Y Global Teens explore the world

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.
Experience the democratic process through Youth & Government for teens at the YMCA

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.
Y Step students are fitted for custom suits by Andrew Jang and Adriaen Black

Y Step

A career development program that provides 10th-12th grades with an opportunity to gain job readiness through a 12-week workshop series. Subsequently, teens get placed at an internship for 3 months. Participants in this program receive a stipend for completing the program.