Teen Programs

Where teens can make new friends, find new challenges and become involved in your community

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The Westfield Area YMCA offers leadership programs for teens in middle school and high school that challenge the spirit, mind, and body through challenging, projects, and team-building exercises to develop leadership skills.

Middle School Initiative

This program for grades 6-8 focuses on fostering healthy habits and behaviors as middle schoolers begin to navigate the shift from childhood to adolescence.  We offer unique program opportunities that help aid the pivotal physical, cognitive, social and emotional development that takes place during these pivotal years.

Visit the Main Y Welcome Center to register.  Proof confirming the participant’s status as a middle schooler is required (report card, school ID, etc.) at time of registration.

Registered Middle School Initiative participants receive select teen programs for FREE such as:
Leaders Club
Sitter Fun 101
Tabletop Gaming
Friday Night Special Events
Intro to Free Weight and Small F.I.T.T. Training
Intro to Strength Machines
Circuit Training

Questions? Contact Jeff Macleod at jmacleod@westfieldynj.org or x248.

TEEN EVENT CALENDAR

Teen Trips (Grades 6-11)

All trips require registration and a waiver. A Y membership is NOT required for teen trips.

New York City, Monday, September 25

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of Madison Square Garden, Madame Tussauds and lunch! More will be available soon.

Fright Fest, Friday, October 13

Join us for one of the most anticipated Halloween events of this season! The trip will feature themed shows and attractions, extreme thrills, and all of the usual rides that Six Flags Great Adventure has to offer! Fee includes admission, transportation and in-park chaperones ($145, $105 with a season pass). Rain date: October 20.

Click here to register for teen trips!

Friday Night Tournament Events

One Friday each month, facilitated by our staff, there is a fun night of play for teens! A Y membership is not needed. Registration and waiver are required ahead of time.

Upcoming events:

Ultimate Dodgeball: September 22, 7:45-9:45pm

Pickleball Doubles: October 6, 7:45-9:45pm

Tabletop Gaming (grades 6-12)

A casual club for those looking for a break from traditional activities and want to explore the wide and varied world of strategic board games! Explore strategy card games like Magic: The Gathering, Pokémon and Dominion, complex cooperative strategy games like Pandemic, Gloomhaven, and Sonar, fun adventures like Ticket to Ride: European Edition, and combat board games like classic Risk and Stratego. $65 fee for 8-week session. Meets Tuesdays 7:00-9:00pm at the Main Y Facility.

Teen Leadership & Development

The Westfield Area YMCA offers leadership programs for teens in middle school and high school that challenge the spirit, mind, and body through challenging, projects, and team-building exercises to develop leadership skills.

Achievers is a college readiness, career development, life skills, leadership and mentoring program offered at no cost for diverse high school students in Union County. A teen membership is included. Meets at the Main Y Facility.

Contact Erica Smith at esmith@westfieldynj.org

A leadership-development community service program that helps teens discover their full potential while making a difference. Club members volunteer at the Y and in the community. $30 fee for the school year includes shirts and snacks. Meets alternate Wednesdays 7:00-8:00pm at the Main Y Facility.

Contact Jeff Macleod at jmacleod@westfieldynj.org or x248.

An academic simulation of the United Nations where students play the role of delegates from different countries and attempt to solve real-world issues with the policies and perspectives of their assigned country. Run in conjunction with Westfield HS and Cranford HS.

Interested teens should contact their high school advisors in early September.

Modeled after the state government, this club is run in conjunction with Westfield HS and Cranford HS and gives students a voice to debate and express their concerns. Delegates research various government policies and current state issues and initiate legislation for the annual 3-day conference. Registration is held at the high schools in Mid-January.