The YMCA has been providing leadership programs for teens for more than 100 years. A small group of teens working closely with an adult supervisor remains a successful format for helping young people reach their potential in spirit, mind, and body. Though the activities may have changed over the course of time, the goals remain the same. They are to provide youth/teens with opportunities for leadership training, personal growth, service to others, and social development.
Our community centers, child care programs, and program centers provide a Safe Haven. Programs such as computer labs and youth employment programs give participants the opportunity to develop marketable skills. A healthy start and relationship with a caring adult are created in our fitness programs, aquatic programs, youth sports programs, and camping and counselor in training (CIT) programs. We teach our youth to give back to the community through our Youth Advisory Committees, organized youth/teen clubs, and special holiday caring events.
The ASYMCA continues meeting the new challenges facing the youth of our community today. The Teen Center provides participants with an opportunity to “hangout” in a safe & fun environment with their friends (Safe Haven). The Center will be divided into different areas to provide a wide range of activities to meet the diverse needs of our youth.