Youth & Community Programs

Youth & Community Programs

Each year, more than 2,000 youth and teens in Montgomery County, MD, participate in our programs. Young people and their families are served by YMCA Youth & Family Services in: Academic enrichment, after school programs, mentoring, summer camps, outdoor adventure, civic engagement, youth sports, and community events.

Youth Development services provide unique programs that expose young people to opportunity and challenge as part of their development. Our staff members are experts in mentoring, outdoor adventure, leadership enrichment, and team-building. Our services focus on social skills development while also facilitating a variety of recreational activities.

Community Development programs provide academic-focused after-school care for children, and intensive homework help, and mentoring for teens. Our staff assist students with homework, lead enrichment activities, social skills development, and facilitate a variety of recreational activities.

Unique YFS programs:


preparing middle school students for academic success.


county-wide mentoring for court or child welfare involved youth ages (5- 16).

Common Ground

A program for youth where the skills of visual, media, and performing arts come together in order to bring the community closer.  The program is run out of the YMCA Youth and Family Services center in the Carroll Avenue Quebec Terrace and Nobb Hill communities in Silver Spring, MD.


Therapeutic outdoor adventure program for at-risk teens utilizes such challenging activities as rafting, rock climbing and caving to help teens develop team-building skills.

Common Ground

Collaborative arts-based peer-peer learning initiatives for middle school students.

Community Connections (RecZone)

Leadership, education, community service, and enrichment for high school students.

Man 2 Man

All male peer-peer mentoring for young men of color in high risk communities.

Youth & Government

Encouraging high school involvement in the local and national legislative process.

Our community locations:

  • Albert Einstein High School- Wheaton, MD
  • Rosemary Hills/ Lyttonsville- Bethesda & Silver Spring, MD
  • Northwest Park Apartments- Silver Spring, MD*
  • Nob Hill Apartments- Silver Spring, MD*
  • Carroll Avenue & Quebec Terrace Apartments- Silver Spring, MD*
  • Georgian Court Apartments- Silver Spring, MD

*These sites also offer adult support groups, parenting classes, case management, and food distribution.

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