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: computers, babysitting classes, service learning opportunities, and so much more. Join us and get involved!

Act Six Leadership & Scholarship Initiative

Full-Tuition, Full-Need Community Leadership Scholarships to: 
Whitworth University and Gonzaga University 

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The YMCA of the Inland Northwest is proud to host the Act Six Leadership and Scholarship Initiative with Whitworth UniversityGonzaga University and Degrees of Change. Act Six brings together diverse, multicultural cadres of young people who want to use their college education to make a difference on campus and in their communities at home.

What is  Act Six?  A full-tuition, full-need scholarship to Whitworth or Gonzaga Universities. Students spend their senior year of high school working with the program meeting regularly to build a cadre ready to provide support to their peers while learning about leadership, diversity, and finance management, all designed to help students succeed academically, and grow as service-minded leaders. During their time on campus, strong support continues with ongoing leadership development and vocational connections designed to inspire scholars to serve their home communities.

Eight scholars are selected per cadre each year from Spokane to attend Gonzaga or Whitworth University and the Program Supervisor, Alexis Nicholson is also an Act Six alum from the fourth cadre at Gonzaga University.

Join us on Facebook for updates on the application process and information about the cadres.

Donations for this program are graciously accepted which will keep this opportunity available to our youth in Spokane County for years to come. Support Act Six

For questions or more information about Act Six, please contact Adam Swensen or 509 777 9622 x 4120.

To apply for an Act Six scholarship, visit the Act Six website.

This video presentation put together created by cadre 15 is full of powerful stories, insight, reflection, and goals of this cohort. They are so inspiring and we at Act Six are proud of the leaders and soon-to-be Whitworth graduates they have become.

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.

Today’s teens have the potential to make a difference in their community that often goes untapped. They have the ability to lead and be an integral part in making positive change. Leaders Club exists to tap into that potential and cultivate the ability teens have into skills necessary to be successful leaders. Through weekly virtual leadership training, video chats with local leaders, and mentorship. Participants will be part of a community of like-minded students who desire to make a difference in their city.

Session dates & locations:


  • $15 for Y Members
  • $20 for Community Members

For more information contact: Adam Swensen or 509 720 5612.

Martial Arts

Building physical fitness, confidence and respect for self and others are only a few of the benefits of Karate. Learn basics while having a fun interactive experience.

This Olympic style martial art will build self-confidence while helping your child reach new goals through this worldwide, self-defense class.

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Students attending North Central High School

This program will resume Fall 2022.

Transitioning into high school can sometimes be a scary thing. Outside the Box gives students the tools to have a positive and successful high school experience. Homework help, community building activities, and social skills are only a few of the benefits gained by participants. Give your student the chance to improve their high school journey by working with a positive adult mentor. This year, the group meets together at North Central’s Commons and will walk together down to the teen center at the Central Y.

Program typically runs every Tue -Thu, 2:30-5:30pm, September – June

For more information please contact Teen Leadership Program Director Adam Swenson, 509 777 9622  x 4120.

Thanks to our funding partners for support of this program.

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)

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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.

Learn to avoid being a target, handle confrontation, read body language and non-verbal cues, use your voice and handle multiple types of threats. The program runs monthly. Ages 13+

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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.

During the school year, every Mon-Thurs from 4 – 5pm will be designated as homework hour. Priority will be given to students desiring to do homework and receive assistance from staff.

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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, 2022

  • 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 us at 509 777 9622 .

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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