Teens at the Y


In part of our commitment to Youth Development, the Summit Area YMCA offers a variety of educational enrichment programs, engaging athletic activities, social events, and more to assist teens (grades 6-12) in discovering, exploring and expanding their interests and talents outside the classroom. The transitional period between teenager to adulthood can be exciting and sometimes challenging! Whether it be navigating new complicated relationships or figuring out what to do after high school, the Summit Area YMCA takes pride in employing positive role models who are eager to assist and help guide your teen. We inspire them to learn new things, encourage them to get involved in community projects, help prepare them for college and more. 

From Teen Space to Achievers, Tutoring to Teen Chef, Coding Club to Basketball, Video Game Tournaments to Volunteer Assignments, the Y offers a safe space and engaging programs for every teen and every interest. The best part? Most of our programs are offered at little to no cost at all and for fee-based programs, financial aid is available to those in need.





MON-FRI | 2PM-6PM | Ages 12-18

The Teen Center at the Summit YMCA provides local students (grades 6-12) a free place to hang out with friends afterschool, under the supervision of caring YMCA staff, to do homework, play video games, stay active in open gym, complete enrichment projects, discuss concerns, engage in themed events, get involved in the community, learn leadership skills and more!

The Teen Center is open Monday to Friday from 2:00 to 6:00 PM beginning August 30, 2021 through the end of the school year. Schedule of Summit Public Schools in terms of holiday closings.





TUE | 7PM-8PM | Ages 14-18

The Summit Area YMCA’s Achievers: Destination College Program is a career and college preparation program that motivates and encourages young adults by giving them the inspiration, support, direction and opportunities to pursue their personal, academic, and professional goals. Strong positive role models from the community make all the difference in the life of a child — and make our program highly successful.

Program components include weekly meetings, special events, SAT preparation, career planning workshops, internship opportunities, corporate mentoring, guest speaker lectures, assistance finding scholarships and college tours.






MON & TUE | 4PM-6PM | Ages 5-14

Achieve academic excellence with our free enrichment programs that make learning fun and rewarding! Cortex Thinking offers tutoring, seminars, group classes and tons of fun for all elementary and middle school students. Go beyond the classroom with individualized learning and exploring with out-of-this world experiments, lessons, and critical thinking. 





Ages 13-14

Through our commitment to supporting and encouraging youth to make good decisions and form wellness habits that lead to a healthy lifestyle, the Summit Area YMCA is proud to offer free memberships to all 8th grade students in our service area, as a continuum of the 7th Grade Initiative Program. This program provides additional opportunities for students of all backgrounds to be inspired to learn new things, encourages them to get involved in community projects, helps prepare them for college, promotes healthy habits and socialization with peers in a safe, supervised and inspiring environment.





Ages 12-13

7th Grade is a pivotal and transitional time, this year more than ever we want to help keep our youth active and engaged. Through our commitment to supporting and encouraging youth to make good decisions and form habits that lead to a healthy lifestyle, the Summit Area YMCA is proud to offer free memberships to all 7th grade students in our service area (Berkeley Heights, Gillette, Millburn, New Providence, Short Hills, Springfield, Stirling and Summit).





AGES 12-18

Through the Y’s eSports program, teens are welcome to be who they are, excel at what they love, and connect with like minds to develop the social, strategic and problem solving skills needed as they grow into thriving adults -- all in a safe, moderated and inclusive environment. Plus, in the name of healthy living, youth development and social responsibility, the Y encourages its students to make sure that all the time they spend gaming is balanced with exercise (as well as other important stuff like nutrition and education).





MON & WED | 5PM-6PM | AGES 12-18 

During the Vineyard App Camp, students learn to design and coding principles while building and launching their own marketing campaigns and apps under the guidance of experienced teachers. This is different from other programs in that students don’t just learn how to design or code, but they immediately see the impact they’re making, sparking an interest in technology and entrepreneurship.




The Summit Area YMCA builds stronger communities with programs and services that help all individuals learn, grow, and thrive in a welcoming, inclusive environment. In fact, the Y offers activities and programs for everyone -- every day! Find the program that’s right for you by browsing our Program Guide or All Programs page.

For specific information on available teen programs, registration or to learn how you can get involved, complete the form below or contact Trevor Cromwell, Senior Youth & Teen Coordinator at (908) 273-3330 Ext. 1140 or Trevor.Cromwell@thesay.org.