Free Youth YMCA membership until September


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The YMCA, in partnership with the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, announced last week that it will be offering free memberships to thousands of teens and young adults in the Twin Cities.


The YMCA seeks to ensure that young people of all origins and income have access to learning opportunities outside of school. Y locations cross city, county and school district boundaries. Over 80% of Twin Cities teens live within 15 minutes of a YMCA location that offers opportunities for wellness, sports, leadership activities, STEM projects, and more.

“The YMCA’s Get Summer program is making a real difference in our community by providing a safe space for young people to connect and have fun while learning important lifelong skills,” said Mark Dienhart, President and Chief of the management of the Schulze Family Foundation. “We believe that supporting this program provides a truly unique opportunity to engage the youth in their neighborhood with educational and rewarding experiences with caring mentors and role models. “

This year, the YMCA will offer teens in grades 9-12 the opportunity to participate in fitness and wellness programs at the Y. They will also have the opportunity to participate in teen-specific in-person and virtual programs. , notably :

  • health and wellness course
  • leadership and character development programs
  • access to the gymnasium, the fitness room and the aquatic areas

“The YMCA has given me so many options since joining. You can still find me with my friends playing basketball or lifting weights all week long. This structure of my routine is crucial to my mental, emotional and physical health, ”said Jacob, a 16-year-old from the Forest Lake area.

“I am so grateful that my children have the opportunity to access so many activities and programs at the YMCA. I’m thankful that they have a safe and fun environment that they can be a part of, ”said DeAnn Mayer, a parent from the Forest Lake area.

The YMCA is delighted to partner with the Schulze Family Foundation to provide a safe environment for young people to engage in programs that promote healthy lifestyles, build character and leadership, and support success at school. ‘school and in life,’ said Glen Gunderson, president of the YMCA of the North.

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