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Teen Center

TeensThe YMCA Community Teen Center is a safe, tobacco, alcohol, and drug-free drop-in center for teens in the 8th-12th grades.

Teen Center Programs

Art Club
Join us to explore your creative side - no art experience necessary. This group creates art using traditional and non-traditional materials. No registration necessary, stop by the Teen Center to join us for one meeting or all of them. Art is available during all Teen Center hours.

Drama Club
Interested in acting? Want to learn a new hobby or strengthen your talent? You should come check out the YMCA Teen Center Drama Club! Learn tons of breathing techniques, relaxation exercises, monologue breakdowns, and improvisational games. We will also work on creating our own monologues! Hope to see you there! Wednesdays 4:30-5:30pm

Friday Night Live for Middle Schoolers
6th-8th GRADE Your adolescent is exploring and creating positive social interactions with peers and adults. We provide this opportunity to your child during Friday Night Live. Middle Schoolers have fun in the pool, gym and Primetime Center while meeting new friends. Nights will be themed and a snack is provided. Look for flyers at your local middle school. Facility: YMCA-La Crosse and YMCA-R.W Houser Days & Times: Friday 7:30-9:30pm (See Kid’s Calendar for exact dates available at and both Member Services Desks) Member Fee: Free Non-Member Fee: $2

Leaders Club
The Leaders Club is a national program of the YMCA which provides club members with opportunities for leadership training, personal growth, service to others and social development. Leaders Club is one of the YMCA‘s most intensive and comprehensive teen programs. Youth meet one to two times per week working closely with their peers and an advisor on skill and character building activities, as well as on planning and organizing club projects. By connecting with adult advisors, teens have role models and mentors who can have a positive impact on their lives. The Leaders Club program provides a safe haven for young people where they can become confident and competent young adults with a sense of connection to their communities. The goal of Leaders is to promote and enhance the personal growth and skills of young people in order to develop strong leaders who will be a positive force in their communities. Call or stop in to learn more.

New Moves
New Moves is an evidence based program that focuses on healthy eating, physical activity and social support designed to meet the needs of sedentary adolescent girls. New Moves has three core components: a physical education class that includes activities the young women will be able to integrate into their lives, lessons on positive self-image and healthy eating, social support via lunch get-togethers, and individual motivational sessions which focus on maintaining positive behavioral changes. The program strives to provide a supportive atmosphere where all girls feel comfortable being physically active and discussing health-related issues regardless of their size, shape or current level of physical activity. The philosophy underlying New Moves is that if adolescent girls feel good about themselves, they will want to take care of their bodies through healthy eating and physical activity. Tuesdays at 5pm Registration is required - please call Sarah Johnson at 784-8490 for more information.

Teen Center
Available FREE to any teen in 8th-12th grades. The YMCA Community Teen Center is a safe, tobacco, alcohol, and drug-free drop-in center for teens in the 8th-12th grades. The Center offers free activities that are engaging, attractive to young people and make use of their talents, energy, and creativity. The Center offers skill-building and recreational opportunities and is staffed by positive, caring adults who are trained to work with adolescents. Stop by to be a part of it!