Teen After School Academy

Grades: 6-8

Our Middle School After School Academy is designed to help youth reach their God-given potential in spirit, mind and body. Youth in the program develop the skills they need to be a contributing member of the Winston-Salem community. Students participate in activities that reinforce core values such as caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith and give them the chance to make better decisions later in life. Youth are surrounded daily by caring role models who help them grow and learn. Additionally, the program adapts to the changing needs of the youth served and focuses on three elements: 1) homework assistance 2) physical fitness and 3) enrichment activities. Click here for more information including a parent handbook, brochure and registration form.

Schools Served

Forsyth Academy
Northwest Middle School

Click here to register online!

Dates for After School Academy

After School Academy begins on the first day of school and will run until the last day of the school calendar year. Snow days are included with the after school program. During inclement weather days, care will be provided at the YMCA from 7:00am-6:00pm.

Financial Assistance

The YMCA turns no one away due to the inability to pay. If you would like more information, inquire about our Open Doors financial assistance program.

YMCA Out Of School Day Child Care

On Out of School Days (OSD), we offer all-day child care, from 7:00am to 6:00pm. (Consult the Parent Handbook for holidays during which we do not provide care.) We divide children into groups by grade level and do a variety of activities throughout the day. Click here to register for Out of School Child Care.

Days the YMCA Does Not Offer Care

New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day & day after, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

Transportation to YMCA provided by the WSFCS. To set up transportation, please speak with your child’s school transportation specialist who will arrange transportation for your child to the YMCA.


Youth & Government

The Youth & Government program is a High School age “Hands-on” experience in State Government. Youth & Government is an educational program that increases awareness of the governmental process and develops skills in the areas of personal development, self-esteem and leadership. There are opportunities for news reporting, writing, debating and lobbying for or against bills. The highlight of the program is a weekend long trip to Raleigh, where the students present and debate Bills in the State Legislative Building.

For more information, view our Youth & Government Page or contact Jess-Mara Jordan at j.jordan@ymcanwnc.org.

Leaders Club

Join us to find out more information about the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina Leaders Club! The YMCA Leaders Club is a nationwide community service-based program that helps teens to discover their full potential as Leaders. We strive to be our best selves in spirit, mind, and body through weekly meetings and retreats that promote volunteer service, social and recreational activities, and team building. Click here for photos and videos for the 2018 Blue Ridge Leaders’ School. Scroll down to sign up online!


We meet on Monday nights from 7:00-8:00pm at the Jerry Long Family YMCA.


Teens must have a GPA of at least 3.0 (non-weighted), and commit to obtaining 72 service hours (Middle School) or 100 service hours (High School) by the end of the school year. Leaders must be in the 7th – 12th grade.

Club Cost (per school year):

Members: $50/Potential Members: $60
If you need financial assistance, you can apply through our Open Doors Financial Assistance program.

2018-2019 Officials

President: Emily Allar, Reagan
Vice President: Hasti Sadri, Reagan
Executive Assistant: Grace Labore, Reagan
Event and Wellness Coordinator: Jordan Tucker, West Forsyth

Please contact Samantha Cook (s.cook@ymcanwnc.org) at 336.712.2000.

Privileges For Teens And Pre-teen Members

Teens, tweens, and everyone in between are welcome at the Y. Your membership is the first step to meeting new friends, playing sports, getting in shape to feel great and reaching athletic goals. We’ve created the following guidelines to ensure a safe, fun and successful environment for all Y members.

Middle School Members (Grades 6-8)

When you are with a parent or guardian, middle school members can be anywhere in the Y (including Wellness Center, gymnasium, pool, racquetball courts and track). If you are ready for a little independence, this Middle School Orientation and two uFit appointments will help you feel more comfortable in the building and help you reach your wellness goals. The Middle School Orientation and two uFit follow-up sessions allow you to use the Wellness Center without your parents, as well as participate in Group Exercise Classes where no weighted equipment is used.

What’s allowed?

With Middle School Orientation and two uFit appointments: Gym, Racquetball Courts, and track; pool after passing a swim test, Wellness Center, Group Exercise Classes (where no weighted equipment is used)

High School Members (Grades 9-12)

You are welcome to use most areas of the building including the Wellness Center, gym, pool, racquetball courts and track, as well as group Exercise Classes. Whether your wellness goal is making the high school team or feeling your best, set up a free Wellness Center Orientation for expert advice. We also offer classes on weight lifting, nutrition and Teen Strength training, which you can sign up for at the Welcome Center for an additional fee. Something else you’re interested in learning about? Let us know at the Welcome Center!

What’s allowed?

Welcome to use most areas of the building including the Wellness Center, gym, pool, racquetball courts and track, as well as group Exercise Classes.

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In collaboration with Crosby Scholars, we are introducing a community outreach program that focuses exclusively on the Latino population in grades 6-12. Our goal is to spread the message of both Achievers and Crosby Scholars to promote a “post-secondary/college going culture” among Latinos in Forsyth County. We anticipate that outreach efforts will result in participation in both programs, and ultimately ensure that students graduate from high school and cultivate the necessary soft-skill development to explore post-secondary options.

For more information, click here or contact Vivian Perez, Latino Achievers Program Director. Vivian can be reached at (336) 661-1093 ext. 6523 or (336) 448-3696.

Se Habla Español. Ponerse en contacto con Vivian Perez at (336) 661-1093 ext. 6523 or (336) 448-3696.

Black Achievers

The YMCA Black Achievers program is an academic achievement and career development initiative for middle school and high school youth and teens. The high school program is referred to as the Black Achievers Program and the middle school program is referred to as Youth Achievers, although both are operated under the umbrella of the Black Achievers Program. The name “Black Achievers” represents and describes the historical origin and mission of the program. However, today, the YMCA Black Achievers program is like the national YMCA movement, multi-racial and the Winston Lake Achievers program currently consists of students of numerous racial and ethnic groups.

Learn more about the Black Achievers program.

To become a Teen Achiever or an Adult Achiever, please contact Megan Mills for more information at m.mills@ymcanwnc.org or (336) 661-1093.


Teen Service Society

See you next summer!


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