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Activities for Teens

The Y is committed to providing teens with opportunities that help them discover their potential. Our teen programs encourage youth to realize who they are and what they are capable of achieving, while making friends and memories along their journey.


Youth Civic Engagement and Leadership Program

Your voice matters. The Y’s new Youth Civic Engagement and Leadership programs give you a platform to affect real, positive change in your communities. Middle and high school students in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in one or more of three programs.

Learn more

Hillsborough YMCA

Teen Activities
  • Planet Y (Grades 7 to 11)

    Kids in grades 7-11 are invited to Hillsborough YMCA each Friday night through June 15, 2018 from 6:30-9:45pm for Planet Y where they can enjoy our Open Gym to play any sport they’d like, the fitness center where they can receive an equipment orientation, and the pool when available.

    Each Friday will include organized basketball games/tournaments (except 10/27, 11/24, 12/29 [TBD] and 6/1).

    While their focus is on their friends and having fun, our focus is on engaging them in healthy habits and good decision-making. Planet Y is free for Y members and just $3 per night for community members.

    For more information and to register, please contact Laura Rodriguez at 908 766 7898, ext. 720. You may also register at the Welcome Center.

Somerset Hills YMCA

High School students are invited to act as mentors to younger children by participating in the Y's Tutoring & Homework Club, which is free and open to children in K-8th grade. 

The High School students will assist with homework or extra help in a particular subject. Tutoring & Homework Club is every Tuesday and Wednesday, October through June, at St. Bernard's Parish Hall in Bernardsville.

Somerville YMCA

Teen Activities
  • Teen Scene (Ages 12 years to 18 years)

    Teen Scene is a place where teens can come after school to hang out with friends, play video games, get their homework done, and just relax after school. There will be opportunities for open gym time, swimming, use of the wellness center, and more. Teen Scene follows the Somerville School District Calendar and therefore is not available on days when school is closed. Instead - Kids Day Out care is available.

  • Teen Scene Extended (Ages 12 years to 18 years)

    Teen Scene is better when we have more time together! Teens are invited to stay longer on Friday nights to enjoy extended time with friends and more fun activities such as free swim time, Basketball/Volleyball/Badminton tournaments, video games, and more. Pizza is also provided the first Friday of every month!

  • Odyssey of the Mind: A Creative Introduction (Ages 11 years to 14 years)

    Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem-solving program that engages students in their learning by allowing their knowledge and ideas to come to life in an exciting, productive environment. OotM problems have challenged students to go beyond conventional thinking and incorporate creative problem solving in learning. This program is an introduction for middle school students who will learn from 2018 OotM World Champions.

  • Friday Night Dance Party (Ages 13 years to 18 years)

    Spirited and fun class for those attending Planet Y to learn the basics of Hip Hop, Freestyle, and other engaging styles of dance for teens. This will be held the first Friday of every month. 

  • Planet Y (Grades 7 to 12)

    Every Friday night from 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm, kids in 7th - 12th grades are invited to the Y to enjoy our Open Gym to play any sport they'd like. They have fun with friends while engaging in healthy choices. Planet Y is free for Y members, and just $3 per night for guests.

Model UN (Ages 11 to 15 years)
  • Model UN

    Model UN is a way for students to gain global education. Students learn how the United Nations operates and its role in peacekeeping and humanitarian work.

    August 12 - August 16, 2019
    From 9 - 11 a.m.

    This program is led by a seasoned teen volunteer with six years of Model UN experience. Participants will have an opportunity to qualify for the Yale Model UN Program in January. $30 materials fee.

    To learn more, contact Kate Russo via webmail.

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