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 in Greater Boston communities. The YMCA of Greater Boston has three signature programs: Leaders Club, Youth & Government and Y Achievers. Teen who participate in those programs receive FREE membership to our 13 YMCA’s!

To learn more about Teen Programs, contact your Y and connect with your local Teen Director.

Signature Programs:


*Youth & Government Registration is only in person at the Y.

Food Programs – Free school year and summer food

The YMCA is working to make sure that no young person goes hungry when school is not in session. The YMCA recognizes the need for the program throughout Greater Boston.  Many of our young people rely on school breakfast and lunch during the school year as their main source of food.  When they do not have access to these meals, they do not have the energy or focus during the summer.  The YMCA helps fill this gap by providing nutritious meals and activities to keep kids nourished and engaged.


Youth Employment Commitment – Meaningful Employment

We prepare young people for the workforce through youth employment opportunities by hiring young people as early as age 16 into age appropriate positions. We understand that Youth employment is extremely beneficial for young people.  It teaches responsibility, organization, time management, establishing good work habits, experience, and financial stability. Knowing how to find and keep a job is not only critical for admission to the adult world but also is an important survival skill for which there is limited access to formal and structured preparation. To increase our impact in the Greater Boston community, several branches partner with community agencies who place young people in YMCA positions.   We strive to equip youth with the necessary skills and guidance needed to be successful in the workforce.



Our Credit Recovery Centers seek to address and support the number of youth at risk for not graduating on time or dropping out of school because they were missing academic credits. The idea was to take the Credit Recovery Center model offered at Boston Public Schools (BPS), and replicate it at the East Boston and Dorchester YMCA locations. At-risk students are able to work on their own schedule and pace to recover the credits they needed to move to the next level or graduate. There is close coordination between BPS and Y staff throughout the students’ participation. The CRC’s represent an innovative community approach to supporting the needs of Boston’s youth. The Centers demonstrate that student success happens when schools, community groups and students all work together to develop innovative learning strategies that best address student needs. 

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