Youth Development

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.

Unique YFS programs:

  • Benchmarks: preparing middle school students for academic success.
  • YouthLinks: 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.
  • Horizons: 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.

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