High Point YMCA offers young people a free teen program

HIGH POINT, NC (WGHP) – Teenagers face many changes.

For nearly 600 High Point teens, the YMCA is a constant they can count on.

The organization’s free teen program offers free membership to teens between the ages of 13 and 17. Through him, they have access to programs, educational opportunities and mentors at three city branches. Activities range from basketball to community service.

Macaiah Nwabueze says it pushed her out of her comfort zone to make new friends. She also had the chance to meet first responders, entrepreneurs and educators while participating in the leadership program. “I really enjoyed that because sometimes High Point can be painted in a bad light and it really showed that there are good parts of High Point,” she said.

His mother, Maria Nwabueze, knows the interest of groups aimed at teenagers. She went to the Y when she was her daughter’s age. Now, as a parent and teacher, she appreciates the opportunities it continues to provide. “Our children were in the hands of professionals and people who really love children and people who have worked with children,” Maria said.

Serving generations of families is one of Carlvena Fosters favorite parts of her job as District Vice President of Operations at the Carl Chavis YMCA. She says the Free Teen Program continues to grow and fills an important need in the community.

“It’s so important that teens have a safe place to get away from the social ills of the community,” Foster said. “They can come here and hang out in the teen center, do the same things they would do in their room, but here they have the chance to meet new friends, fellowship and learn new things and to participate in different activities.

A grant from the High Point Community Foundation helps keep the program free. It’s also allowed the Y to buy new technology, hire counselors and plan more activities — things Foster hopes will encourage families to participate in programs throughout the year.

“We try to make it fun and interesting for our teenagers so they want to come every day,” she said.

If you want to get your teen involved, the easiest way to sign them up for membership is to visit one of the three High Point YMCA branches.

The Carl Chavis Memorial YMCA is located at 2757 Granville Street. Hartley Drive Family YMCA is located at 150 Hartley Drive. The Carl and Linda Grubb Family YMCA is located at 609 Trindale Road, Trinity. You can find more information on their website.

Christy J. Olson