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Empowering teens to reach their full potential!

In 2022 the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina will pilot a new Teen Referral Membership initiative — REACHING OUR POTENTIAL. This new initiative will offer young people ages 12-18 years old in our communities a free membership to access the Y’s fitness facilities, group exercise classes, basketball courts, swimming pools, and so much more. This is open to all middle and high schools students in Alexander, Davie, Forsyth, Iredell, Stokes, Wilkes and Yadkin counties.

In a world full of isolation and unrest that's present in our own communities, it is more important than ever that we keep our young people engaged in positive experiences in healthy, safe environments. Through initiatives for teens such as REACHING OUR POTENTIAL, we are helping to cultivate the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health, and educational achievement to help teens reach their full potential.

What is included in the initiative:

  • A free Teen Membership
  • We will provide snacks to the teens 3-5 times per week (only at Statesville, William G. White and the YMCA Reach Center/Winston Lake)
  • We will provide optional tutoring a couple of times per week (only at Statesville, William G. White and the YMCA Reach Center/Winston Lake)
  • We will work with our community partners to provide resources and Teen Talks around Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and other relevant topics for teens
  • A trip to YMCA Camp Hanes
  • In addition to the new REACHING OUR POTENTIAL initiative, the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina is offering a variety of virtual and in-person programs for teens, including Black and Latino Achievers, Youth & Government, Teen Talks by the Boys and Young Men of Color Initiative, and Teen Nights (LEVEL UP Program coming in late 2022).

See below for a list of schools and community partners. If you don't see your school listed please contact your local YMCA branch.

Questions? Contact your local branch today to get more information. If you have any questions regarding registration, you may contact the YMCA of NWNC Member Service Center at, or call 336 777 8055, option 8.

Scan all Reaching our Potential forms to or Adam Cardwell at

  • Alexander
  • Davie
  • Forsyth
  • Iredell
  • Stokes
  • Wilkes
  • Yadkin
  • Action4Equity
  • Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Church Groups
  • Crosby Scholars (Iredell County)
  • Crosby Scholars (Winston-Salem)
  • Forsyth County Public Safety Center
  • Gear Up
  • Guiding Institute for Developmental Education (GIDE)
  • Hispanic League
  • Iredell Statesville Schools
  • Latino Community Services
  • My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper of Winston-Salem
  • My Brothers Second Chance
  • Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods
  • Novant Health
  • Safe Kids Northwest Piedmont
  • Salem College
  • University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • Wake Forest University
  • Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
  • Winston-Salem Police Department
  • Winston-Salem State University

For students to be eligible for this initiative, they must be referred by their school guidance counselor, school resource center, a YMCA staff member, or a YMCA community partner, be enrolled in and attending middle or high schools, and must meet one or all of the following below: 

  • Foster Care System
  • High risk of not graduating
  • Low income and/or live in a single-parent household
  • Social Emotional Learning (SEL) needs

Contact your local YMCA for more information if you are a school provider or community partner.

Scan all Reaching our Potential forms to or Adam Cardwell at

To be eligible for this initiative:

  • Teens must be referred from their school guidance counselor, a YMCA staff member, or a community partner
  • Be enrolled in and attending middle or high school
  • Each branch will have a limited amount of free Teen Referral Memberships – so it will be first come, first served
  • Complete the Teen Referral Membership Form, the YMCA Membership Application, and the COVID waiver. (Participants will need a Parent/Guardian signature on the Membership Application and the COVID waiver.)
  • All teens will be required to attend a “REACHING OUR POTENTIAL ORIENTATION” at the Y and complete a pre- and post-survey
  • Additional eligibility needed, see guidance counselor, school resource center, YMCA staff member, or a YMCA community partner for more information

Teen Membership Referral Form

Teen Referral Flyer

Membership Application

COVID waiver

Please also fill out the COVID-19 waiver to visit our branches.