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Teen Programs


Teen Strength Program

This program is available to members and non-members between the ages of 12-15.  They will learn the proper strength and cardiovascular training techniques.    Upon completion of the program they will receive their Teen Strength card to wear as active members in the fitness and cardio centers.

Classes are held 2 Saturdays a month from 10:30-2:30pm

Fees:  Members  $35     Non-Members  $70


Teen Programs

Teens turn to the Y for academic assistance, employment, life skills advancement and good, healthy fun. The Y is a place where teens can work out, give back and meet friends.

The Y is a place for teens to call their own and a safe environment where they can find balance between freedom and responsibility.

We offer programs and services for teens age 12-18, along with year-round volunteer opportunities!

Youth & Government

Youth and Government: Over the course of a school year, this non-partisan program provides middle and high school students the opportunity to become civically engaged through experience running a model state legislature. Our program focuses on the four goals of YMCA teen leadership programs: leadership development, personal growth, service to others, and social development. Pennsylvania’s Youth & Government has been a longtime standing, non-partisan, civic engagement program for teens, giving them hands on experience to the inner workings of our state government by participating in model legislature.

Students in grades 8-12 will have the opportunity to gain a level of knowledge on how a democracy works by learning how ideas become bills and how a bill becomes a law, parliamentary procedure, debate and persuasion skills, and the art of compromise and communication.

This program is also framed around or four core values of Honesty, Respect, Caring, and Responsibility.

For more information contact: James Ellison at jellison@poconoymca.org


Safe Sitters' Club

Babysitting is a great way to earn extra money! Learn to keep children busy in a safe and fun atmosphere. The Child and Babysitting Safety training program provides fundamental information in the business of babysitting, proper supervision, basic care giving skills, and responding properly to ill or injured children or infants.

AGES: 11 & up               Weekday evenings                TIME: TBD

Class starting OCTOBER 2017

For more information contact: James Ellison at jellison@poconoymca.org


Leaders Clubs

Leaders Clubs help develop youth ages 12 to 18 as leaders while fostering a culture of service.  With adult advisors, teens have role models and mentors who can have a positive impact on their lives as they grow in their desire and ability to be a positive force in the community.

For more information contact: James Ellison at jellison@poconoymca.org


Teen Sports

YMCA Teen Sports offer a great balance of competition, skill development and sportsmanship. When participants work together in a team atmosphere, they learn how to make decisions, communicate, work on team building, trust, and build character. We teach the fundamentals of each sport, and just as important, we focus on the YMCA’s character development traits of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.

For more information contact: James Ellison at jellison@poconoymca.org



Y Teen L.I.F.E. programs provide opportunities for youth to realize who they are and what they are capable of achieving, while making friends and memories along their journey. 

These are some of the components:

- College Readiness Activities
- Social & Recreational Activities
- Mentoring
- Leadership & Service Learning Activities

Life Skills Prep will meet once a week starting the week of TBD

For more information contact: James Ellison at jellison@poconoymca.org


 Volunteer Opportunities

The Y is pleased to provide resources that help you identify your interests, and connecting those interests to volunteer and service-learning projects in our community. We want to know what excites you, and what skills and passions you can share as part of the larger world. The Y's opportunities include experiences available in: sports & recreation, child care, events, fund-raising and more. 

Please fill out our Volunteer Interest Form. We look forward to meeting you!