The Y offers a wide array of programs for New York City kids. From fitness to sports to art to academic programs, Y classes are taught by talented and experienced staff. Check out the programs below and enroll your child today!

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Our camp programs offer youth opportunities to experience camping through both overnight and day camp. Whether it's through singing or swimming, nature hikes or computer classes, counselors at YMCA camps lead kids in developing new skills and having fun.

Swim, Sports & Play

  • Youth Swim — New York City’s YMCA has been teaching kids how to swim for more than 150 years. Classes are available for kids 6 months and up. From me and my grown-up to your child’s first Shrimp swim class. Teach your child to swim in the Y’s time-tested progressive swim program. Find the class that’s right for you here.
  • Youth Sports — The Y offers an array of exciting sports programs for kids to learn the in’s and out’s of a sport they are passionate, and classes can be progressive so they will develop skills and coordination over time. Youth sports programs include – baseball, basketball, boxing, flag football, general fitness & exercise, gymnastics, squash, racquetball, handball, tennis, kickball softball and volleyball. Browse our programs by location, category or age group here.
  • Competitive Sports & Swimming — At the Y, we believe that it’s no matter if you win or lose, but how you play the game. Our branches are home to competitive sports and swim teams.  And check out the basketball, soccer and baseball teams available at your branch here.
  • Youth Dance — Dance is a productive and expressive outlet for our kids to unleash their creative sides. We offer tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, ballroom or a combination of and the majority of our Y branches. Take a look at your local Y program guide or at our online program registration site to see how which classes are right for your child.

Education & Leadership

  • Jr. Leaders Clubs — You can meet many of tomorrow’s leaders today at the YMCA Leaders Club, a leadership incubation program that gives teens the opportunity to learn to become more effective in their interactions with others. Tweens improve their individual leadership and social skills while also experiencing new ways to give back and grow as human beings. Tweens meet on a weekly basis in small groups to develop and implement projects aimed at providing valuable service to their local community.
  • Rowe Scholars Rowe Scholars (formerly Y Scholars) helps students and their parents realize that college is a real and attainable option. The programs serves students enrolled in grades 6-12, offering continued support throughout college and beyond.
  • STEM (Science. Technology. Engineering. Mathematics.) — The YMCA of Greater New York, as the city’s largest youth services organization, has a valuable role to play in introducing young people to technical fields, spurring their interest, and showing them that they can transcend socioeconomic barriers to have rewarding futures.
  • Tutoring — Does your child need a little extra help preparing for that big exam or just completing their homework assignments? Homework help and learning center is available at select Ys. Browse our programs to see if the program is offered at your local branch.
  • Y Afterschool — What’s a working parent to do when school is out at 3pm? The Y runs more than 100 quality afterschool programs throughout in the city out of our branches and in New York City public schools. Contact the Youth & Family Director at your local YMCA or click here for more information.
  • Youth & Government — Youth & Government lets young people experience how our nation’s democratic process works from the inside out. Starting with issues that stir their passions, teens learn to debate public policy, write legislation and (simulate) taking over the State Legislature in Albany. Proposed legislation originating with Youth & Government participants has gone on to be presented by actual legislators and signed into New York State Law. Organized in 1936 in the State of New York, the YMCA Youth & Government Program is now a national program of the YMCA held in 38 states with more than 46,000 students from all walks of life involved.To get involved in the programs listed above, please contact your local branch and ask for the youth director.


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