Youth Development

Nurturing the potential of every child and teen. We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. That’s why, through the Y, millions of youth today are cultivating the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement.               ........................................................................................................

Youth Sports & Programs

The 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 or building the positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork, participating in sports at the Y is about building the whole child, from the inside out.

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Wallenpaupack After School

The YMCA After School program was created to support families and children. Our program design gets kids engaged in activities that support their growth in and out of the classroom. From homework help to STEM presentations and active play – the Y’s After School program provides far more than a safe place. It provide

s kids with the building blocks they need to succeed, including qualities like caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. We focus on integrating the Developmental Assets, which means every child is treated as an individual, and every family can be assured that time in Y After School is time well spent. Financial Assistance is available for qualifying families. 

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7th Grade Initiative

PURPOSE
The Wayne County YMCA is pleased to offer 7th grade students a free membership to support and encourage youth to live healthy lifestyles and make responsible choices

WHY 7TH GRADERS?
Research shows that 7th grade is a critical time in a young person’s life when exposure to risk factors greatly increases. Risk factors are conditions or influences that have been shown to increase the likelihood for unhealthy behaviors including substance abuse, delinquency, teen pregnancy, school drop-out and violence. It is also during the early teen years that youth begin to distance themselves from family and positive support systems.


HOW TO JOIN

1. 7th graders may join the Y for free at any time during their 7th grade year. Membership will expire at the start of their 8th grade school year. 6th graders may join the summer before they start 7th grade.

2. The membership begins when all paperwork is completed.

3. To receive a membership, each 7th grader must:

 - Come to the Wayne County YMCA with a parent or guardian

 - Present a valid school ID or proof of grade (roster or schedule)

 - Complete the Wayne County YMCA membership application

 - Complete the 7th Grade Parent Agreement

4. Each 7th grade member will receive a membership card. Membership cards must be presented every time 7th graders use the facility.

5. Membership is subject to The Wayne County YMCA membership and program policies.

6. Membership can be suspended or revoked if staff deems member behavior has violated YMCA policies.

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>>PARENTAL AGREEMENT/MEMBERSHIP FORM