Teen After School Academy

Who says afternoons have to be boring? After School Academy is designed to combine fun with academic enrichment and physical activity in a safe environment. The program focuses on three key elements of homework assistance, physical fitness, and enrichment activities. Students participate in activities that reinforce core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith, while surrounded daily by caring role models who help them grow and learn. Click here for more information including a parent handbook, brochure and registration form.

6th-8th Graders

Program hours are Monday-Friday from 2pm-6pm

What’s Included

  • Afterschool Care
  • Active Recreational Activities
  • Homework Assistance
  • Leadership Development
  • Science
  • Sports and Art

Daily Schedule Example

2:00-3:30pm Arrive at the YMCA and begin Homework/Snack Time
3:30-5:00pm Activities vary, including Team Building/Fitness Challenges/Sports Clinics/Science Projects
5:00-6:00pm Departure and Free Play in the Gym/Youth Center and/or Training Center

School Served

Thomas Jefferson Middle School


Farrah Brinegar at f.brinegar@ymcanwnc.org

Dates for the After School Program

The After School Program begins on the first day of school and will run until the last day of school calendar year. Snow days are included with the After School Program. During inclement weather days, care will be provided at the Robinhood Road Family YMCA from 7am-6pm.

Out of School Days/Holidays

The YMCA After School Program includes programming for youth and teens on either teacher workdays/professional days. On these days, care will be provided from 7am-6pm at the YMCA. Students will need to bring a lunch, two snacks, as well as drinks to have throughout the day. To register for out of school/remote learning days please click here.

Days the YMCA Does Not Offer Care

New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day & day after, Christmas Day. Please note our After School care program is CLOSED during Winter Break and Spring Break.

Click here to register online!

Financial Assistance

The YMCA turns no one away due to the inability to pay. If you could like more information, click here to learn more about our Open Doors Financial Assistance Program.


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 he lps 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 y

ear. 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.


Youth & Government

Youth and Government is a “Hands-on” experience involving the state government for high school students. It is an educational program that increases awareness of the governmental process and develops skills in the areas of personal development, self-esteem, and leadership. Teens will learn and work on news reporting, writing, debating, and lobbying for or against bills.

For more information, view our Youth & Government Page or contact Rain Thoresen at r.thoresen@ymcanwnc.org.


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.

Latino Achievers

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 Gabby Ellis for more information at g.ellis@ymcanwnc.org or (336) 661-1093.


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