Teens - YMCA of Three Rivers Waterloo Region


Youth Programs (Ages 13 – 21) 

Make new friends, develop your potential, and get involved in your community. 

The YMCA offers teens in our community opportunities to make new friends and be a part of a safe, supportive, and welcoming space. 

Free Programs

Individual Conditioning (13-15)

Are you between the ages of 13 and 15 years old and interested in using the conditioning centre? It’s easy! Register for one of our free small group or 1:1 Individual Conditioning courses at the membership desk. Upon completion of this course, you’ll be able to access the conditioning centre* at any time.

In this course, you’ll learn about the YMCA core values, our conditioning centre guidelines, anatomy, nutrition and how to set up and use the cardio and strength equipment properly. This course is required for participants ages 13–15 to complete before using the conditioning centre.

*Note: The free-weight areas are only available to individuals who are 15 years old and have completed an appointment with one of our personal trainers. See the membership desk to book your free appointment.

Homework Help (Ages 13+) 

Offered at: A.R. Kaufman Family YMCA (Kitchener), and Chaplin Family YMCA (Cambridge) 

Need some help studying for a test? Not sure if you have answered everything for an assignment? Want someone to help edit your work? The YMCA of Three Rivers Youth Programs offers homework help provided by our incredible Youth Workers throughout the school year. 

Just Hangin’ Out (Ages 13-21) 

Offered at: Chaplin Family YMCA (Cambridge) 

Program contact: Shannon Kaufman (226-808-2319 or shannon.kaufman(at)ytr.ymca.ca) 

The Just Hangin’ Out program is designed to provide a safe & inclusive place where youth (age 13-21) with varying ability levels can interact with their peers, practice positive social skills & develop life skills. The program includes recreation opportunities, hands on learning, interactive activities & personal development with emphasis on Character Building, Health & Well-being and Life Skills. 

LGBTQ2S+ (Ages 13-17) 

Offered at: Chaplin Family YMCA (Cambridge) 

The program will be focusing on development, meeting youth needs, inclusion & having fun with peers! 

Moving Black Lives Forward (Ages 13-21) 

Offered at: A.R. Kaufman Family YMCA (Kitchener) 

A 14-week program providing a safe space for Black Youth age 13-21, to develop awareness, preparedness & wellness within themselves & their community. The program focuses on topics such as wellness &selfcare, leadership development, financial literacy, civic duties, legal rights, education, entrepreneurship & career development. 

Newcomer Youth (Ages 13-21) 

Offered at: Various locations across Waterloo Region, including: A.R. Kaufman Family YMCA (Kitchener), Chaplin Family YMCA (Cambridge), and Stork Family YMCA (Waterloo) 

Program contact: Ibti Saeed (226-339-3867 or ibtisam.saeed(at)ytr.ymca.ca) 

BREAK DOWN CULTURAL BARRIERS! Our Newcomer Youth Program is offered for youth age 13 - 21 to make connections, practice English language, share ideas & have FUN with amazing leaders & peers. The Newcomer Youth programming empowers youth who have recently arrived in Canada, with the knowledge & tools to successfully integrate & settle into Canadian society. 

Teenage Parents Program (Ages 14-21) 

Offered at: Guelph Y 

TAPPS is a free program that offers a safe, non-judgmental place where pregnant & parenting teens (age 14-21) can find a sense of belonging & grow as parents. We provide recreation activities, moral support & resources for teen parents. TAPPs is an ongoing program & available to join at any time. We offer programs throughout the week focusing on child development, nutrition, managing stress, birth control, budgeting, healthy relationships, behaviour management, etc. 

Paid Programs  

New Basketball Programs With Guelph Nighthawks!

Learn more about our exciting new partnership with the Guelph Nighthawks (Canadian Elite Basketball League team), and the programs we have available for 10-12 year olds and 9-17 year olds.

Learn more here

Teen Basketball (Ages 13-17) 

Cost: Free for YMCA Members, $2 for Drop-in 


Wednesday's & Friday's 1-4PM 


Friday's 5-8PM 


Monday- Friday 2:30-4:30PM 


Tuesday & Friday 12:30-5:30PM 

Youth Leadership Development (Ages 10-12 and 13+) 

Cost: Free for YMCA Members, Contact us for Non-Member Price 

Offered at: All locations 

Develop & enhance your leadership skills to be an incredible young leader in your community! Improve your communication skills, learn how to be an advocate, make connections with local young experts& so much more in an engaging & inclusive environment. 

Youth Drop In (Ages 13-17) 

Cost: Free for YMCA Members, Day Pass Price for Non-Members 

Offered at: Chaplin Family YMCA (Cambridge), and Guelph Y 

Drop by to just hang out and have some fun with your peers!