Downtown Y  Youth Facility Usage  

Teen Center Music LessonWe know that teens don’t have many options outside of school-based activities.  That’s why the Downtown Y, 31 West 10th Street, opened a Teen Center in the NEW Community Learning Center.

It’s a place just for teens (12 -18) to participate in activities that interest them.  Teens have the freedom to pick and choose from a number of structured activities or elect for “chill-off” time.  Don’t see it on the list?  Suggest an activity to our staff!

Free Teen Center Membership for City of Erie Teens

Thanks to a grant from the City of Erie, we are able to extend a free membership to the Downtown Y Teen Center. Proof of residence or school report card is required when you signup. Parent or guardian must accompany teen to complete paperwork.

Free Teen Center Memberships for 7th Graders

Erie 7th graders are stepping out of their comfort zone and into their growth zone through the Y’s 7th Grade Membership Initiative.  Joining Ys across Pennsylvania, the YMCA of Greater Erie’s Downtown branch now offers 7th graders a free membership to their new Teen Center.  Just bring your class schedule and/or most recent report card to the Y and our staff will help you complete the necessary paperwork. Parent or guardian must accompany teen to complete paperwork.

 General Membership & Hours

Teen Center Guest SpeakerNon-7th-graders also can earn a free membership to the Downtown Y Teen Center through active participation in programs. Individual guest passes can be purchased for $11 to gain access to the Eastside Family, Glenwood Park and County YMCA branches as well as Camp Sherwin.  Most Teen Center activities are included with your membership, even your snack and evening meal; field trips may cost additional.  Apply for a Teen Center scholarship.

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 2:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Saturday, 12-5 p.m.

For more information, contact the Teen Center at

Application & Parent Handbook

It is important that staff, teens and parents have a strong relationship here at the Teen Center.  All participating youth must complete a membership application and have permission from parents for involvement here.  We also require that parents sign-off and read the Parent Handbook.  Demographic information collected is confidential and is used in reporting back to grant funders and the United Way.


Parent Handbook

Program Offerings:

>>September 2017 Calendar of Events

Special Events: We host a variety of special events throughout the year.  Be sure to check our events page for more details.

Creative Expressions: Teens express themselves on the page, through journal writing, drawing, painting, making a collage etc.  They will explore their thoughts, hopes, dreams, goals, relationships and feelings with a creative perspective.

Seeds to Success: This program teaches teens the concept of financial literacy and business with promotion of secondary education.  Teens learn the importance of savings and financial stability tools while using tools that will lead to post secondary or an occupational outcome with hope of resulting in the creation of future entrepreneurs.

Speaker Series/Current Events: This program teaches teens how to talk about current events, while respecting others that may have different opinions/beliefs.  We focus on how to articulate thoughts while respecting others without fear of retaliation for one’s views.
Teen Center Basketball League

Tutoring Program: Teens are able to get assistance with their homework and class projects from community volunteers; retired and active teachers are often utilized as volunteers.

Solutions for Teens: Teens are given creative ways to resolve conflict.  They are also challenged to imagine realistic goals, and create a plan to achieve those goals with the help of caring staff members and volunteers.  This program incorporates current events, world and historical facts, health, fitness and spirituality.

LifeThruMusic: The LifeThruMusic program is an innovative music mentoring program that integrates traditional music training with the latest technological updates in the music industry. In addition to music training, the LifeThruMusic program will incorporate a business training model that will prepare students to become leading music entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

LifeThruDance:  LifeThruDance is an artistic mentoring program that introduces participants to the field of dance. Participants will be trained in the fundamentals of dance by taking structured dance classes, learning choreography, comprehending dance vocabulary.  Participants will also be encouraged to develop their own dance style, create choreography, and learn dance improvisation to enhance the performance skills needed to successfully execute dance on stage.

LifeThruSports: This program uses fundamental basketball skills to teach teens a variety of life lessons.  How to be part of a team, how to be a leader  & follower, how to control your emotions, success of hard work, how to win (succeed) with class, how to lose (fail) with dignity and so much more.

Youth Bible Study: This program teaches how to read and understand the Bible and how to implement it in your everyday life.

The Teen Center embraces the core values of the YMCA – caring, honesty, respect and responsibility with a focus on building a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Special thanks to our program funders: United Way of Erie County, Erie Community Foundation, City of Erie, Erie Insurance Group, UPMC/UMPC Hamot, McCain Family Foundation, Merwin Family Foundation, John M. and Gertrude Petersen Family Foundation, Britton Family Foundation, Thomas Keating Trust, and Erie Arts & Culture.