Youth Development

Nurturing the potential of every child and teen.

Everyone deserves the chance to discover who they are and what they can achieve. At the Dorchester YMCA, we want youth and teens to have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Time at the Y spent playing, learning and socializing helps kids of all ages to grow character values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behavior, better health and educational achievement.

Early Education & Care

At the Y, we believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for quality of life and future success.

Enrichment & Leadership

At the Y, children and teens learn values and positive behaviors, and can explore their unique talents and interests, helping them realize their potential.

Swim, Sports & Play

The Y is the starting point for many youth to learn about becoming and staying active, & developing lifelong healthy habits.

Summer Camp

At camp, kids have the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence, and make lasting friendships and memories.


Whether teens come to the Y looking to explore their interests, or for support in navigating challenges, the Y is committed to nurturing teens and roots for their success.