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Y Arts & Discovery  Our Y Arts & Discovery programs promote creativity through dance, drawing, drama, music and more. Our arts programs are club-based so students can sign up for one or as many clubs as they want. Come explore the world of arts at the Y. Click here to download our Y Arts & Discovery Brochure.

Tech Teens  Our Tech Teens program offers a variety of technology clubs designed to prepare middle schoolers with 21st century skills. Tweens can learn media literary, media arts, web-based programming, graphic arts, coding and more. Advanced Tech groups can join clubs that are project-based and work on specific activities such as robotics, engineering, set design and photography/videography. Click here to download our Tech Teens Flyer.

Middie Sports

Aikido Kids will learn this traditional Japanese martial art while getting a great workout!

Basketball (3rd grade and up) - The Junior Slam League is an instructional basketball league program designed for boys and girls who are new to the sport of basketball as well as those who want to brush up on skills.

The YMCA Traveling Basketball Program is for highly skilled players who have an interest in competitive basketball. The YMCA participates in the 10 & 12 and 13 & 14 age divisions of the NJ YMCA Youth Basketball League.

Flag Football (3rd grade and up) – Football skill building and games. This fun, action-packed sport will keep your kids moving! Kids build skills with fun games, skill challenges and game play.

Golf (4th grade and up) – The YMCA Golf program introduces the sport of golf to youth through drills and practice.

Street Squash Launched in 2012, Street Squash Newark is the first after school youth enrichment program in New Jersey that combines intensive academic support with squash instruction, one-on-one mentoring, service learning, college access and preparation, and professional development for young people from adolescence through college graduation. Street Squash Newark's mission is to provide consistent, long-term and reliable support to the children, families and schools in Newark. By exposing these children to a broad range of experiences and by maintaining the highest standards, Street Squash Newark aims to help each child realize his or her academic and personal potential.

Soccer (all ages) – Children develop soccer skills, self-confidence, and teamwork in a fun environment. Learn the fundamentals of soccer, have fun with friends, develop skills, and challenge your competitive spirit.

Street Hockey (3rd grade and up) – This program for boys and girls emphasizes the fundamentals of street hockey as well as fair play, sportsmanship and FUN.

Volleyball (3rd grade and up)– Coed clinics and leagues for beginners through skilled players. Learn fundamentals of volleyball and rules of play.

And of course, Healthy U is essential for middle school kids. This engaging approach to preventing childhood obesity through improved nutrition, increased physical activity, and parental involvement is an integral part of our work with tweens.

Middie Leaders

Counselor in Training – The Counselor in Training (CIT) Program teaches youth the general skills of leadership that can be used at school, home and in the community. The camp/ afterschool environment provides a unique opportunity for youth to build leadership skills and experience challenges that build their confidence and capacity for working with people of all ages.


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.

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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