New friends, new skills, counselling — you can find it all and more at your YMCA. Our youth programs are specifically designed to help you achieve your goals, or help you get your life back on track. Overcome obstacles and let your potential shine bright at the Y!
Youth For Entrepreneurship (Y4E)
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Support you can count on and connections that get you ahead
Your YMCA has what you need, whatever your circumstances.
- Training and mentorship to help you become a community leader.
- Exchange programs to help you experience more of Canada.
- Build self-esteem and gain confidence at Teen Nights.
- Counselling, support and housing to help you overcome life challenges.
- Alternative education programs tailored to your needs.
Choose from exciting programs that help you get ahead
At the YMCA Academy, we know that all students have their own learning styles. That’s why we offer an alternative learning experience for high school students interested in an interactive, experience-based learning process.
Hang out with friends, shoot some hoops, or get involved in interesting workshops and discussions where you can learn new skills and speak your mind. Teen Nights, at the YMCA provides a safe space for teens to socialize, get support and take part in fun activities.
The YMCA has been providing housing and shelter for youth for decades. Whether it is family problems, trouble with the law or being locked out of the house, we’ll help you stay warm and safe, and get you the help that you need.
If you, or someone you know, is looking for help with substance use and misuse problems, our counsellors are there to help show how to practise safely and make healthier choices.
The YMCA Youth Gambling Awareness Program is a free service offering educational prevention programs designed to raise youth awareness with regards to gambling, healthy/active living and making informed decisions.
Join one of our YMCA youth travel and exchanges programs to experience and learn more about the different communities that make up our great country, all while making connections with youth in other parts of Canada.
The Black Achievers Mentorship Program is dedicated to the advancement of Black youth in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and aims to provide them with opportunities to develop socially and academically with the support of Black mentors and role models.
The annual Shane Stanford Youth Bursary provides one Black youth community leader with $2,000 to further their post-secondary education.
YMCA Sustainable Future is a Horticulture Skills and Employment Readiness Program for youth aged 13-18 years old and delivered on the Cooper Koo Family YMCA Rooftop Garden. Youth get to learn how to grow their own food in urban settings, gain employment skills and are introduced to the diverse opportunities within the Green Economy. Please email for further information : email@example.com
PFIC is a FREE financial literacy series to set you up for success! The workshops cover topics including - Education planning, signing a cellphone contract, saving money, buying your apartment, paying your rent, and more. View the list of exciting workshops and register now
Join the conversation about the opioid crisis with the Youth Opioid Awareness Program. Learn about opioids, prevention, recovery and how you can help protect yourself and your community.
Have questions about our youth programs? We've got answers.
The YMCA has a lot of programs and services you can participate in. We have Health and Fitness Centres across the Greater Toronto Area. You can visit us at any time for a tour or call us at 416-928-9622 for more information.
Yes we can! The YMCA has employment programs where we help youth learn about the career & employment opportunities available to them, and provide training in important job-related skills such as teamwork and self-management.
Yes we can! The YMCA has exciting volunteer opportunities for everyone including youth who are looking for ways to meet mandatory volunteer hours for school.
Yes, we do! During the summer, the YMCA of Greater Toronto runs Traditional Camper Programs and Leadership Camp Programs located at YMCA Camp Pine Crest.
Year round, our two Outdoor Centres offer opportunities for families and groups to stay overnight with custom or set programming. Check out our rental and retreat options here.
Yes! We have a few different Leadership Camp Programs to suit your needs.
Endless opportunities to shine bright at the Y
Did you know that the Y is a charity that helps people from all walks of life, at all ages and life stages? Explore all our programs and services and find the best options to keep you and your family shining bright.