It's More Than Just a Place
Over the last thirteen years, our Y Community Teen 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. We believe that all teens can succeed and it is our responsibility to provide the opportunity for them. The Teen Center provides a place for teens to feel a sense of belonging which impacts their mental health.
The YMCA Community Teen Center is a safe, tobacco, alcohol and drug-free drop-in center for teens 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.
Why Should You Stop In?
- To join on of our clubs – Art Club, Leaders Club, Drama Club and many more.
- To earn a FREE Y membership
- To express creativity through music or art
- To take a music lesson or jam
- To get help with homework
- To relax and connect with friends
- To enjoy a free meal
- To have fun
- It’s FREE!
1105 King St. La Crosse, WI 54601