YMCA of Greater Erie

teens campThe Y is the starting point for many youth to learn about becoming and staying active, and developing healthy habits they’ll carry with them throughout their lives. And the benefits are far greater than just physical health. Whether it’s gaining the confidence that comes from learning to swim or building the positive relationships that lead to good choices, participating at the Y is about building the whole kid, from the inside out.

A few of our youth & teen friendly programs include:

  • Swimming, Sports & Recreation
  • Childcare, Preschool & After School
  • Summer Camp
  • Meals for Kids
  • Teen Education, Leadership & Recreation
  • Youth & Teen Fitness


Youth and Teens Programs

Art & Gym

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The Art & Gym program includes 30 minutes each of art & tumbling/gym. Each portion of the class is 30 minutes in length. Open to children ages 3-6.

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Art, Gym and Swim

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30 minutes each of art, tumbling/gym and swim classes. Open to children ages 3-6.  Program cost varies by location.  Program held throughout the year at the Eastside Family and Glenwood Park Ys.  Program held during the summer at YMCA Camp Sherwin. Register Online>>

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Babysitting Clinic

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Prepare your teen for babysitting. Learn tips for making babysitting fun and safe. Exposure to CPR and First Aid, games and other ideas to make babysitting experiences top notch. Bring a lunch. Recommended ages 10+ years. This class is offered throughout the year. Contact the Membership Desk for the next available class.

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Before & After School (ages 5-12)

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Combining play with academics, the Y’s School-Age Enrichment Program fills gaps in school by offering enrichment through arts, music, physical education, sports and nutrition.  Structured activities include  science, group projects, environmental awareness, arts and crafts, games, sports components, field trips and more. Children also have time to tackle homework with the help of well-trained Y staff who know how to challenge and listen to them.  Get more information here. Get locations here.

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Birthday Parties

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What better place to have a birthday party for kids than the YMCA? We’ve got birthday party fun down to an art and our facility is a giant playground for kids eager to run, climb and play (and eat cake, of course!)

Party times are up to 2.5 hours and can include a variety of combinations from reserved swimming and gym time to planned youth activities/games and, if at our Camp – 70 acres of outdoor recreation including hiking, fishing and canoeing. A party room for cake and gifts is also available. Costs begin at $90 for Y members and community member rates are available. A $25 non-refundable deposit is required. Inquire at the Membership Desk for more information.

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ChildWatch

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Safe play area. Plenty of smiles. Y staff will supervise your child while you work out. Services are provided for FREE while you exercise to ensure the active use of your Y membership. Open to children 6 weeks to 7 years.

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Early Care for Infants & Toddlers (ages 6 weeks-2 years)

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Our experienced staff is knowledgeable about key developmental stages and keenly aware that each child reaches these stages differently. Using the Creative Curriculum, we help to guide each child’s growth on an individual basis. As they build new skills and learn how to interact with others, we enjoy watching them develop their own sense of identity and self-esteem.  Get more information here. Get locations here.

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Early Head Start

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The Early Head Start partnership program brings together the best of two worlds by combining the strengths of child care and Early Head Start programs.  The partnership provides comprehensive services and high-quality learning environments for income-eligible families with infants and toddlers.

Early Head Start is a research-based program that emphasizes the importance of responsive and caring relationships with both care givers and parents to support the growth and development of infants and toddlers.

Click here for a comprehensive list of Early Head Start program supports.

Early Head Start is offered at the Downtown Y, Early Learning Center and the Eastside Family Y.

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Hot Tots

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A program that teaches the fundamentals of soccer, basketball and tee ball to 3 year olds.

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Junior Karate

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A certified Black Belt level instructor guides your child through the various levels of body control, technique and responsibility. For ages 5-12. Cost: $25 Y-members; $75 non-members.

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KAY Yoga/ Kidding Around Yoga

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Come and join our Certified KAY (Kidding Around Yoga) instructors for these new and exciting Kids Yoga classes. KAY is designed to motivate children to be active, build confidence, develop mindfulness, and help them manage the spectrum of emotions children experience. A typical Kidding Around Yoga (KAY) class incorporates singing, jogging, limbo-ing, dancing, games and so much more.  KAY is free for YMCA members and open to the public for a class fee at Glenwood only.  Registration is required and is limited.  Call Glenwood at 868-0867.  No registration required at the Eastside Y.

 

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Kinder Tumbling

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This class teaches basic mat skills for strength, flexibility and technique, including gymnastics and movement education. Open to children ages 5-6.  

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Mighty Mites (ages 4-5)

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In a fun learning environment, qualified staff help kids learn the basics of soccer, t-ball, floor hockey and basketball. Kids are building confidence, having fun and making friends. Cost: Y members free/non-members $56.  Program held throughout the year at the County and Glenwood Park Ys.  Program held during the summer only at YMCA Camp Sherwin. Register Online>>

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P.L.A.Y. Youth Basketball League

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This 8 week + playoffs youth basketball league is for boys and girls grades 1-6. This competitive league will be focused on developing basketball fundamentals while allowing the kids to experience healthy competition in a safe and fun environment. All games will be at the YMCA of Greater Erie Downtown Branch and will have an assigned referee and scorekeeper. The league fee is $45.00/student. All participants will receive a t-shirt. Next league begins in January 2017.

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Pre-K Counts Program (ages 3-5 years)

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The Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts program makes quality pre-kindergarten programs available to Pennsylvania residents at no cost to qualifying families.  It is funded through a grant from the State of Pennsylvania.  Full day program instructional time is 3 hours.  The Y offers a number of Pre-K Counts classrooms throughout the service area.  A Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts application must be filled out completely and submitted for consideration.  Call Jeannine Bello at 814-452-1432 ext. 245. Get more information here. Get locations here.

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Preschool Program (ages 3-5 years)

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Y Preschool builds on a child’s natural desire to learn things and become more self-reliant. Getting along with other children, sharing, taking turns and working in a group are all natural parts of learning. Y Preschool is also a safe, fun and comfortable place where children build positive relationships with caring adults. Creative Curriculum is an exciting and challenging program that helps preschoolers stretch their skills in mind and body.   Get more information here. Get locations here.

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Sporties for Shorties

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Sporties for Shorties is a new spin on a classic program at the Eastside Family Y.  Formerly, Mighty Mites, Sporties for Shorties is a 10-week class which offers lessons in sports such as soccer, basketball, floor hockey and t-ball and includes a weekly swim lesson.  Cost is $25 for members and $75 for non-members.

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Summer Camp (ages 5-12)

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By choosing Y Summer Day Camp, you’re choosing more than a summer day care service.  Y camps are high-quality, affordable and convenient all summer long.  The Y’s wide menu of summer play and learning activities through camp give kids a chance to have fun while building a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Choose from traditional Day Camp, Kindergarten Readiness Camp or week-long Sports, Dance or Cheer Camps.  Get more information here.  Get locations here.

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Teen Center

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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 12-18 years.   Visit our Teen Center page.

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Tiny Tumblers

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Sing, dance tumble and giggle. Games and songs will teach your preschooler new ways to move.  All activities geared for parents and preschoolers to do together.  Open to children ages 18 months to 3 years.  

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Traditional Pre-K (one year prior to Kindergarten)

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A caring and friendly place for your child to learn and grow! Children develop a readiness for kindergarten through a variety of hands-on, child-centered activities. The class is led by a certified teacher using the Letter People and Creative Curriculum. This curriculum program is open to children one year prior to kindergarten enrollment.  This program available at locations throughout Erie County. Click here for locations.

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Tumbling (ages 6-12)

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This class teaches basic mat skills for strength, flexibility and technique including gymnastics and movement education. Cost: Y members free/non-members $56.
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Tumbling Tots

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This class teaches basic mat skills for strength, flexibility and technique, including gymnastics and movement education. Open to pre-school children.  Cost: Y-members free/non-members $56.

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Y Music Fun

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A time to march, beat the drum and sing.  A fun program with parent/child interaction. Exposure to a variety of instruments ans styles of music.  Let’s learn the beat and we might even sing.  Open to children ages 2 months to 6 years.

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Youth Taekwondo Fitness

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This class will take an activity-based look at a traditional martial art. Focusing on the fun and athletic aspects of the Olympic sport, while still emphasizing the Taekwondo ideals of discipline & perseverance.

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Youth Yoga Class

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This class, for 8-12 year olds, will help youth find confidence and comfort with themselves through yoga poses, meditation, and breathing techniques.  This class is a fun way to embrace the style of yoga on the mat and taking the practice of mindfulness of the mat.  No registration required. Mats available for youth to use during class.

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