Teen Programs

Counselor in Training – The Counselor in Training Program teaches youth the general skills of leadership that can be used at school, home and in the community (not just at camp.) The camp/afterschool environment provides a unique opportunity for youth to build leadership & job readiness skills, particularly in assisting counselors with younger campers. This program gives kids age-appropriate challenges that build their skills, confidence and capacity for working with people of all ages.

Healthy U – This engaging approach to preventing childhood obesity through improved nutrition, increased physical activity, and parental involvement is an integral part of our work with teens. Healthy U implements the Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH) program, an evidence-based, award-winning curriculum.

Leaders Clubs - At the YMCA, Leaders Clubs help develop youth, ages 12 to 18, as leaders while fostering a culture of service. With adult advisors as role models and mentors, teens participate in college and career prep, job readiness, life skills and teen rallies.

Lead out Loud Group for Girls - Lead Out Loud (LOL) is dedicated to the development of young women ages of 9 to 17. LOL inspires young girls to achieve wisdom, authority, and strength. LOL has a methodology of providing mentoring in an enriching, diverse, competitive, family oriented atmosphere. Also, we use the Just Us Girls curriculum to support self-esteem, group work and college and career prep. Upon completion of the program, our newly appointed "debutantes" participate in the Annual Grand Ball where they celebrate their successes and demonstrate the dignity and self-worth that has been instilled in them by the program. We instill the importance of education, family, and community in our graduates and thus develop model citizens and future leaders.

Model United Nations – The YMCA Model United Nations Program is designed to introduce students to the operation and structure of the United Nations while providing them with an opportunity to actively learn about world cultures and debate issues of international importance. Students will actively participate in conflict resolution, public speaking, and coalition building, in addition to making new friends and being exposed to new ideas. The program promotes leadership through character development while introducing students to a vast array of ideas.

Global Leaders Program - aims to empower and inspire the next generation of global leaders, humanitarians, and entrepreneurs. Developed under the inspiration of the late United States Congressman Donald Payne, Sr., the Global Leaders Program challenges young people to step out of their city – allowing them to experience that there is more to the world than what they see on a daily basis. At its core, YMCA Global Leaders engages youth in grades 10 to 11 in a short-term cultural exchange and year-long global education program. During their travel experience students are sponsored by a YMCA within another state or country. During travel, students follow a well-planned itinerary and are supervised at all times by a trained International YMCA group leader and YMCA teen staff.

Reach and Rise™ - The Y recruits and trains adult volunteer mentors to create safe, healthy and meaningful relationships with youth. Mentors and mentees participate in service projects, field trips and other engaging activities. Aja Palmer is the new Reach & Rise Mentoring Coordinator Apalmer@newarkymca.org. We now have two programs: Individual Mentoring & Group Mentoring.  Please click on their links to learn more. 

Teen Parties – As part of the City of Newark’s Safe Streets initiative, the Newark YMCA hosts exciting teen parties and Midnight Basketball events throughout the year. Teens can play, dance and have fun in a safe and structured setting at the Y!

Teen Sports – The Y offers a variety of sports leagues and clinics for teens. Teens can engage in volleyball, basketball, traveling basketball and soccer in a safe, structured and skill-based environment.

Youth and Government™ - This national YMCA program involves teens in state-organized, model government programs. Students immerse themselves in experiential civic engagement and practice democracy. Teens debate issues that affect citizens of their state and propose legislation. The program culminates with teens serving as delegates at their state conference and debating bills on the floor of the legislature.


Private & Semi-Private Swim Lessons: All Ages If you or your child need more personal attention than large group lessons, have to offer, consider our private and semi-private options for the whole family. Private instruction is one-on-one swim instruction. Semi-private instruction can be coordinated with a friend, colleague, or with others looking to join a semi-private class. Semi-private classes range from 2 to 4 participants in the same age and swim ability range. We schedule private and semi-private options to work with your busy schedule based on pool and instructor availability. Classes are sold in sets of 4.

Adult Private Swim Lessons: Ages 14 years old to Adult Lessons are for the beginner and non-swimmers. Conquer your anxiety and learn a life skill, swimming. Our goal is to make you feel comfortable, confident, and safe in and around the water. Basic water skills are introduced for the adult non-swimmer and beginner in a relaxed environment with an instructor.

Swim Team The Newark YMCA Storm Swim Team is a COED team that competes against other YMCA teams in the COED Division of the NJ YMCA Swim League. We have four age groups: 8 and under, 9/10, 11/12 and 13/14. We provide a safe and fun atmosphere, promoting the core values of the YMCA: Honesty, Caring, Respect, and Responsibility. Our goal is for the kids to have FUN in a friendly, competitive environment, while further developing their technique and health. Competitive team members must be able to swim 100 yards freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke, and at least 25 yards butterfly. The YMCA Competitive Swim Team practices 3 to 4 times a week, with a minimum requirement of three practices per week.


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