It's more than just a place

We believe that all youth can succeed and it is our responsibility to provide the opportunity for them. The Center provides a place for youth to feel a sense of belonging which impacts their mental health.

What we're all about:

The Community Youth Center is a safe drop-in center for youth ages 10-17. 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. 

Why should you stop in:

  • To join us on group events
  • To enjoy free meals with Y staff and friends
  • To play basketball and other sports
  • To learn from mentors and role models
  • To gain leadership opportunities
  • To earn a FREE Y membership
  • To get help with homework
  • To relax and connect with friends

2022 Impact Video:

Friday Night Lights Basketball:

Summer Hours:

June – August
11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00  AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

Fall Hours:

September – May
Mon-Fri: 3:00 – 8:00 PM
Sat & Sun: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM


1105 King St. La Crosse, WI 54601


Young Chef's Challenge:

Friday Night Lights Basketball:

Our Community Youth Center has been positively impacting adolescent mental health by building a model that includes mental health awareness, literacy, and self-advocacy. This is incorporated into all aspects of our environment, culture, and adult practices. For example, we have created a physical environment that is safe, predictable, attractive to teens, and contains visual reminders and resources that pertain to the importance of caring for your mental health.

The adult practices include training our staff to know how to recognize typical adolescent developmental tasks as well as signs of concern, how to respond effectively to these concerns, and how to refer youth appropriately when needs are beyond our scope. The model is based on strengths, resilience, social-emotional development, and positive psychology.



Who: Youth in 6th-8th Grade (Ages 10-14)
What: Youth Basketball Program
Where: Dahl Family YMCA
When: Fridays, February 3rd – April 7th
Time: 6:00-8:00 PM
Purpose: Social interaction, skill-building, and to build mental and physical health.
FREE program. Sign-up online or at the YMCA front desk.

Thank you to our partners: