Teen Center

Teen Center


We know that teens don’t have many options outside of school-based activities.  The Teen Center is 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.  

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Program Offerings

The YMCA mission is to put Christian principals into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.  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.

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

Snack is served daily 3-5:15 p.m.
Dinner from 5:15-6:45 p.m. daily. 

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 3 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the Teen Center at [email protected].

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. Parent/Guardian will need to accompany the teen upon the initial visit for a quick orientation and teen will need to also bring his/her school ID or PA ID Card. Demographic information collected is confidential and is used in reporting back to grant funders.


Parent Handbook

  • Home Room Policy- must check into Teen Center First
  • No foul language- at all
  • Only go where you are permitted. Refrigerator, office and cabinets are STAFF Only areas
  • Personal Space- keep your hands to yourself at all times
  • At no time should you threaten anyone
  • Clean up after yourself
  • Have respect for all YMCA property as if it were your own
  • Do not sit on pool tables
  • If you check out a ball, it is your responsibility to return it
  • If something isn’t working properly, let a staff member know ASAP
  • No stealing
  • No horseplay
  • Respect staff and/all Y guests
  • Studio is only to be used for creating music
  • No inappropriate music or use of computers
  • Do not touch anyone else’s property unless you have their permission
  • If you appear to be under the influence, you will be asked to leave and your parent/guardian contacted
  • No sexual conversation of any kind

Discipline Policy

1st offence – verbal warning

2nd offence – suspension for 3 days

3rd offence- suspension for 1 week

Downtown Y Facility Usage

Cosmetology: Builds and motivates the minds of our teens, providing confidence, self-worth and self-love

Boxing: Provides an  outlet for anger, frustration and it sets standards for discipline and teaches self-control

Youth & Government:  Student-led model government program to engage youth in civic responsibility. Students convene in model government experience with other teens.

Special Events: We host a variety of special events throughout the year. 

Creative Expressions: Teens express themselves on the page, through journal writing, drawing, painting, making a collage etc.   

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

Music: The music program is a robust program that offers musical mentorship and training combined with state of the art production capabilities.

David Matthews Composition School: Students learn to compose an original score of music for performance by the Erie Philharmonic; students also learn film documentary to accompany the performance. This program was recently featured on ABC’s Good Morning America. Watch the full story here. Watch the live performance here.

Dance:  The dance program 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.

Sports: This program gives teens a chance to sample a variety of sports through intramural play.

Field Trips: Teens who meet the criteria of attendance and good behavior will be able to participate in field trips.

Special thanks to our program funders:

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.

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For more information please feel free to call us at (814) 452-3261, email us anytime or use the form below.

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