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Empowering teens to reach their full potential!

From November 15, 2021, until February 28, 2022, the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina will pilot a new Teen Referral Membership initiative — REACHING OUR POTENTIAL — at the Statesville Family YMCA, William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA, and the YMCA REACH Center (Winston Lake Family YMCA). This new initiative will offer young people ages 12-18 years old (middle and high school students) in our communities a free membership to access the Y’s fitness facilities, group exercise classes, basketball courts, swimming pools, and so much more.

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 from November 15, 2021, until February 28, 2022
  • We will provide snacks to the teens 3-5 times per week
  • We will provide optional tutoring a couple of times per week (only at selected branches)
  • 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).

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.

Branch Locations

Statesville Family YMCA
William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA
YMCA REACH Center (Winston Lake Family YMCA)

Middle Schools

  • East Iredell
  • Lakeshore
  • Oakwood
  • North Iredell
  • Third Creek
  • Troutman
  • West Iredell

High Schools

  • Career Academy & Technical School
  • Lake Norman
  • North Iredell
  • South Iredell
  • Statesville
  • West Iredell

Middle Schools

  • Flat Rock
  • Hanes Magnet
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Mineral Springs
  • Paisley Magnet
  • Philo-Hill Magnet Academy
  • The Downtown School
  • Wiley Magnet
  • Winston-Salem Prep Academy
  • Quality Education Academy

High Schools

  • Atkins Academic & Technology
  • Carter G. Woodson
  • Carver
  • Early College of Forsyth
  • East Forsyth
  • Forsyth Middle College
  • John F. Kennedy
  • North Forsyth
  • Parkland
  • Reynolds
  • Robert B. Glenn
  • Winston-Salem Prep Academy
  • Quality Education Academy
  • Action4Equity
  • 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
  • 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

To be eligible for this initiative:

  • Teens must be referred from their school guidance counselor 
  • 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 or school resource center for more information

Membership Application

COVID waiver

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