Community Programs

Youth Action

The YMCA of Niagara’s Youth Action program is for all community youth ages 9 to 14.  Youth do not have to be a YMCA member to participate. Programs are offered throughout the Niagara region, and consist of three components: School Programs, Friday Night Programs and Dances. Youth Action offers youth a safe and positive environment in which they can learn new skills, participate in a wide variety of activities and socialize with friends in a safe environment, while meeting positive role models.

YMCA Youth Action programs incorporate the principals of YMCA Healthy Adolescent Development and provide youth with the opportunity to gain Developmental Assets that will help them become healthy adults, and give them the foundation to make positive life choices.

Youth Action has been offered to youth in the Niagara since 1985, and is made possible through support from the United Way of St.Catharines and District, YMCA Strong Kids, Canadian Tire Jump Start, Ontario Power, Port Colborne Hydro, and other donors.

 Please Note: All YMCA Youth Action events have a dress code that reflects the values of the YMCA. Click here to view the Dress Code. 


Youth Action School Programs

These FREE recreational drop in programs are offered throughout the week from 6pm to 8pm at local school gymnasiums throughout the Niagara region. Youth Action School Program gives youth the opportunity to participate in active games, play sports, special events and more, in a safe and supportive environment.  Please click here to view the 2015 - 2016 School Program locations.

  • Increase physical activity
  • Encourage team work and develop leadership skills
  • Introduce youth to role models
  • Encourage youth to make healthy choices

Note: School Program do not run on PA Days or School holidays.



Youth Action Friday Night Drop-Ins

Friday Nights drop-ins give youth the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities including: swimming, gym games, video games, tournaments, special events, fitness, creative activities, and more! The cost is $5 per visit.

Friday night programs will begin on October 9, 2015!

Friday Night Drop-In locations:

Niagara West YMCA from 6pm to 9pm

Niagara Falls YMCA from 6pm to 9pm

Port Colborne YMCA from 6pm to 9pm

Niagara Centre YMCA, Welland from 6 to 9pm

Walker Family YMCA, St. Catharines from 7pm to 10pm



Youth Action Dances

At YMCA Dances youth can listen to the newest music, put in their requests, dance and hang out with friends and YMCA Staff, in a supervised and safe environment.  Dances run out of the Niagara Falls YMCA and Fort Erie E.J. Freeland YMCA.  Please click here for a list of 2015 - 2016 Dance dates.


* If the cost of any Youth Action program is limiting your or your son/daughter’s participation in the program, please contact us at 905-934-9622 ext. 228 to discuss options.


Youth Club

Youth Club is an after school program offered at 3 schools across the region. It is a registered program open to youth from grades 3 to 6 (grades 3 to 5 in Welland) and consists of three components: afterschool snack and nutrition based activities, personal wellness activities, and recreational and active games. This program is a progressive program over the school year and regular attendance is encouraged.  There is no fee to participate in this program, thanks to funding for the St.Catharines and Niagara Falls programs provided by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and the Welland program by the Niagara Prosperity Initiative and YMCA Strong Kids.

St.Catharines – Connaught School, Monday to Friday from 3:25pm to 5:30pm

Niagara Falls - Heximer Avenue School, Monday to Friday from 3:15pm to 5:30pm

Welland – St. Mary’s School, Monday to Friday from 3:05pm to 5:30pm 


Note: Youth Club programs are not offered during school breaks or PA Days


Partnership Programs

After School Matters

The YMCA works with the United Way of St.Catharines and District, and The RAFT to provide after school programming for youth. After School Matters last day of program for this school year is June 17th.  Click Here for more information. 




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