Youth Development: Nurturing the potential of every child and teen
The Y believes that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. That’s why, through the Y, thousands of Erie’s youth today are engaged in programs that encourage Y core-values – character, honesty, respect and responsibility. Unique community partnerships with the City of Erie and the Erie Housing Authority serve Erie’s most at-risk, underserved kids and teens directly in their neighborhoods. In our membership and program centers, award-winning early learning & education, school age centers, summer camp, youth sports, swimming, youth fitness, leadership, mentoring and volunteerism, are all Y programs that are helping Erie’s kids and teens reach their full potential.
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These classes are participant centered and use problem solving and guided discovery teaching approach. Each program is divided into five components: personal safety, personal growth, stroke development, water sports, games and rescue. Swim lessons build a good foundation of basic aquatic skills to develop a lifelong appreciation for aquatic activities. Developmentally appropriate activities to ensure the student’s safety, enhance the student’s enjoyment and provide consistent progressive success for the child. Ages 6 to 12 years. Click here for a schedule
Free water safety classes for kids. Held each summer. Check back in early 2013 for a schedule of Y-Splash Events.
Youth Fitness Course
Designed for ages 11-14 years. Under the supervision of trained instructors, the course concentrates on flexibility, cardiovascular and strength. After the completion of the course, youth are given a card to participate with their family and utilize the fitness center. Participants must attend each session as a requirement
Teens are offered a safe place to socialize, provided a wide selection of teen fitness and healthy living programs and supported by Y staff with homework help and self-esteem building activities. Our program is open until 8:30 p.m. and includes a healthy evening meal. Ages 13-18 years. Teens enrolled in the Teen Center must be Y youth members at a cost of $5.79/week. Visit our Teen Center page.