YMCA Teen Programs offer a safe, inviting environment for youth 12-18 where teens will find the balance of freedom and structure they crave. Our caring staff of positive role models engage participants through fun activities, games, and building relationships. We have something for everyone – join us and get involved!

Summer Meals Program StatsThe YMCA of the Inland Northwest is committed to eliminating food insecurity and hunger in Spokane County by feeding children nutritious meals and snacks. Working with USDA, school districts and other agencies, the Y provides thousands of meals and snacks, at no cost, for children regardless of their participation in our programs.

Childcare Centers:

Early Learning programs at the Central Y and Eastern Washington University serve meals made from scratch using whole foods. Young children in our preschool programs explore a variety of fruits and vegetables, enhancing their taste buds for healthy foods.

Summer Meals:

Breakfast and lunch are free and available for all children 18 yrs and younger. Regardless of their participation in our programs, any child is welcome to eat with us.

“Students who receive free or reduced lunch during the school year experience significant food insecurity during the summer months. The YMCA is committed to making sure the youth in our community receive the nutrition they need year-round thanks to the Summer Food Service Program,” says Heather Buhl, YMCA of the Inland Northwest Child Care Services Executive.

The Summer Food Service Program is a federally-funded, state-administered program. For more information, contact Heather Buhl at 509 777 9622 x 4090. Summer Meals Toolkit.

After School Meals:

All 19 of the Y’s after school sites provide healthy, nutritious snacks as part of the program. At the Central Y, after school dinners are served to all teens in the Teen Center, including newcomer children and teens from World Relief during the school year.

Safe Sitter® Babysitting Workshops

Ages 11-16

Better Sitters Today. Better Parents Tomorrow.

Prepare for a future of babysitting through our Safe Sitter® Workshops. Created by a doctor, this course will teach your teen or adolescent what it takes to be a safe, nurturing babysitter and how to gain the confidence to be successful. These foundational skills can be beneficial throughout life, especially in future interactions with children. First Aid and CPR certification are not included in this course but will be addressed. Fee includes a Safe Sitter Student Manual and 6.5 hours of instruction.

  • All classes are held on Saturdays from 9am – 3:30pm (please bring a lunch)

See Schedule/Register

Workshops are available for your group or club. For information on scheduling a special workshop, please contact Steven Troup.

Classes must have at least 5 students registered by closing on the registration deadline. If not, we will need to cancel the class and offer to transfer to a future session.

For more information, please contact Steven Troup.

Teen & Youth Centers

Ages 12-18

Your Place to Belong. YMCA Teen and Youth Activity Centers offer a safe, friendly, and casual atmosphere for teens age 12 – 18. Each center provides adult supervision and a fun place to hang out with friends. Our staff build positive relationships with teens through games, special events and programs created by teens.

See Schedule

Youth Legislature – YMCA Delegations

Grades 8-12

The Youth Legislature is a student directed mock legislature offering teens the opportunity to develop leadership skills and explore opportunities in public service. This program is a prerequisite for the official session in May for the 75th Youth Legislature with teens from around the state. Learn about state government and how citizens can affect policy and law in Washington State. Learn to debate effectively in a legislative setting. Share ideas with peers locally, learning about important issues and asking important questions. Develop leadership abilities that are grounded in the Y’s core values of honesty, respect, caring, and responsibility. Attend up to two events in Eastern Washington to meet and debate with students from other area schools, and hear keynote speakers from the community.

Youth Legislature: Oct 6 – May 6, 2023

  • Thursdays 5:30 – 7pm
  • Meets at the YMCA Corporate office, 1126 N Monroe
  • $75 Community Member / $60 Youth and Y Member

Legislative Session: May (Prerequisite: Youth Legislature program)

For more information or if you are interested in getting a Youth Legislature Delegation started at your school or youth center, please contact Maddy Strait at mstrait@ymcainw.org

Youth Leadership Spokane

High School Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors

YMCA of the Inland Northwest and Leadership Spokane joined forces to produce the Youth Leadership Spokane (YLS) program.

YLS is a 10-month civic leadership training program based on the principles of servant leadership and cultural competence for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. It is designed to develop the next generation of community-minded leaders by creating strong and healthy youth, and empowering them for service to each other and their community. It is a great way to get to know teens from other schools and gain the skills and connections with area leaders to become successful young leaders.

Deadline is May 15. 

Go to Leadership Spokane to apply or for more information.

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