Annual 5K/10K Race/Walk and 1-mile Fun Run June 3 is just around the corner-register here!
At the YMCA, we are dedicated to nurturing the potential of every child and teen. We know and appreciate that the teen years are an especially critical time for young people as they travel on a complex journey from childhood to adulthood, and need opportunities to grow and thrive in a safe space. We offer a range of opportunities for young people to learn new skills, explore interests, practice leadership, experience new things and grow in confidence in spirit, mind and body.
For Healthy Living
The Y offers a Teen Full-Facility membership level which allows young people ages 13 to 17 to utilize the YMCA facilities and participate in group exercise classes. Teens ages 12 to 14 years old must successfully complete an orientation to use the Fitzpatrick Wellness Center equipment.
7GI: 7th Grade Initiative
As youth begin to face the many challenges of adolescence, they are more likely to begin distancing themselves from formal organizations, friends and family, and to experiment with unhealthy and illegal behaviors. The 7th Grade Initiative is an opportunity for youth to engage and connect to the Y at a time that is most crucial to their development.
The Princeton Family YMCA is proud to partner with the New Jersey State Alliance of YMCAs to provide the 7th Grade Initiative, which provides a FREE one-year membership to all 7th Graders in our service area.
We offer group exercise classes designed especially for youth and teens. Personal training is also available for younger athletes. Youth and Teen Fitness Schedule: Fall 2016
Teen Swim Lessons 13 to 18 years old
See Aquatics for Teen Swim Lesson information.
For Youth Development
The YMCA offers several free Group Mentoring programs for young people, designed to inspire and tailored for specific interests that include learning opportunities and enrichments for students ages 11 to 18:
Committed and Faithful Princetonians (CFP): To support local Princeton students ages 11 - 18 years old in achieving academic, social and personal goals. Meets biweekly on Thursdays, 6 pm (September to June) at John Witherspoon Middle School.
Y Scholars: College readiness, Academic Achievement and Career Exploration for students ages 11 to 18 throughout the region. Meets biweekly on Saturdays, 10 am (October to June), Princeton Family YMCA.
Latinos en Progreso (LEP): A partnership with the Princeton Public Schools which supports Latino students, ages 11 to 18, and their families. Meets weekly on Mondays, 5:30 pm (September to June) for students ages 11 to 18, Henry Pannell Learning Center.
Certifications for Teens
Ideal for teens eager to build their skills and seeking employment as lifeguards, the Y offers certification classes such as lifeguard, first aid, CPR & AED certification and re-certifications.
American Red Cross Courses: CPR and Lifeguarding
15 years old to adult
Please refer to our Teen and Adult Aquatics page for more information on our American Red Cross Certification courses.
For Social Responsibility
Many schools require community service for students. And sometimes young people want to serve because of a deep desire to make a difference. The Y offers a broad range of opportunities. Teens are invited to complete a Volunteer Application. Let's see if we can make it a match!