Youth Development

We believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for life. Because of the Y, more young people in neighborhoods around the nation are taking a greater interest in learning and making smarter life choices. At the Y, children and teens learn values and positive behaviors, and can explore their unique talents and interests, helping them realize their potential. That makes for confident kids today and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.

child care

Child Care

With so many demands on today’s families and the increased focus on early brain development, families need all the support they can get to nurture the potential of youth. That’s why child care and early learning programs at the Y focus on holistically nurturing child development by providing a safe and healthy place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-reliance through the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

Select a Child Care program for more information:

  • Child Watch  Playful, engaging options for kids while you exercise or connect with others at the Y.
  • Afterschool Care  A safe, nurturing place for kindergarteners through middle schools to a variety of activities after school
  • Early Education  Ensure that your child gains the skills and knowledge to successfully begin kindergarten in our stimulating day care program.
education and leadership

Education & Leadership

All kids have great potential. At the Y, a leading nonprofit strengthening community through youth development, we work every day to help them set and achieve their personal and educational goals. Through our leadership and academic enrichment programs such as mentoring, Youth and Government and college preparation, the Y makes sure that every child has an opportunity to envision and pursue a positive future, and to take an active role in strengthening his or her community.

Select an Education & Leadership program for more information:

  • Academic Enrichment  The Y is working with caregivers, students and schools across the country to close the gap, piloting evidence-based programs that improve students’ educational readiness, engagement and outcomes, while helping them grow emotionally and physically, too.
  • Arts & Humanities  Arts and Humanities programs at the Y celebrates that potential, giving opportunities for kids to explore their creative side.
  • Leadership Development  Leaders Clubs help develop youth ages 12 to 18 as leaders while fostering a culture of service.
swim, sports and play

Swim, Sports & Play

The Y is the starting point for many youth to learn about becoming and staying active, and developing healthy habits they’ll carry with them throughout their lives. And the benefits are far greater than just physical health. Whether it’s gaining the confidence that comes from learning to swim or building the positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork, participating in sports at the Y is about building the whole child, from the inside out.

Select a Swim, Sports and Play program for more information:

  • Youth Swimming  Y swim lessons are designed to teach water safety and swimming skills to everyone.
  • Youth Recreation  Besides programs for Swim and Sports, our Y is a great place for kids to simply play. Sometimes this means spending unstructured time in a safe place to run around, explore and have fun.
  • Youth Sports  Improve your skills, make new friends, be active with other kids and learn to love a sport at the Y.


Overnight, day or specialty camps at the Y share one thing: they’re about discovery. Kids have the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence, and make lasting friendships and memories. And, of course, it’s fun too.

Select a Camp program for more information:

  • Day Camp  Almost all of the benefits of traditional summer camp–new experiences, skill building, a sense of community and lasting friendships–in rural and urban settings while allowing campers to return home each afternoon.
  • School Break Camp  All of the fun character-building activities summer day camp can offers any time school is out.
  • Overnight Camp  Outdoor adventures led by trained and experienced leaders who guide campers of all ages in having an unforgettable experience.
  • Group & Specialty Camp  Camps that focus on particular programming to meet the needs of school groups and corporate gatherings, as well as summer camp experiences for youth with developmental disabilities, physical and mental health challenges.

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