Downtown Y  Youth Facility Usage  

We know that teens don’t have many options outside of school-based activities.  That’s why the Downtown Y, 31 West 10th Street, opened a Teen Center in the NEW Community Learning Center.

It’s a place just for teens (12 -18) to participate in activities that interest them.  Teens have the freedom to pick and choose from a number of structured activities or elect for “chill-off” time.  Don’t see it on the list?  Suggest an activity to our staff!


Thanks to a grant from the City of Erie, we are able to extend a free membership to the Downtown Y Teen Center. Proof of residence or school report card is required when you signup. Parent or guardian must accompany teen to complete paperwork.


*Please see our monthly calendar for our daily program days/ times. 

Snack will be served from 3:30-5:30pm daily and Dinner from 5:30-6:30pm daily. 

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 3:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.,

For more information, contact the Teen Center at [email protected]


It is important that staff, teens and parents have a strong relationship here at the Teen Center.  All participating youth must complete a membership application and have permission from parents for involvement here.  We also require that parents sign-off and read the Parent Handbook. Parent/Guardian will need to accompany the teen upon the initial visit for a quick orientation and teen will need to also bring his/her school ID or PA ID Card. Demographic information collected is confidential and is used in reporting back to grant funders.


Parent Handbook


Special Events: We host a variety of special events throughout the year.  Be sure to check our events page for more details.

Creative Expressions: Teens express themselves on the page, through journal writing, drawing, painting, making a collage etc.  They will explore their thoughts, hopes, dreams, goals, relationships and feelings with a creative perspective. 

Speaker Series: This program bridges the gap between local business, law enforcement, and politicians. We have developed relationships with Erie Insurance, LECOM, and the City of Erie Mayor’s Office to expose our Teens to different career paths and opportunities within our community.
Homework Tutoring: Teens are able to get assistance with their homework and class projects from community volunteers; retired and active teachers are often utilized as volunteers.

Goal Talk Over Dinner: A time when the Teen Center staff engage with program participants over a hot meal on ways to set/achieve short and long term goals.  Teens are challenged to imagine realistic goals, and create a plan to achieve those goals with the help of caring staff members and volunteers

LifeThruMusic: The LifeThruMusic program is an innovative music mentoring program that integrates traditional music training with the latest technological updates in the music industry. In addition to music training, the LifeThruMusic program will incorporate a business training model that will prepare students to become leading music entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

David Matthews Composition School: Students learn to compose an original score of music for performance by the Erie Philharmonic; students also learn film documentary to accompany the performance. This program was recently featured on ABC’s Good Morning America. Watch the full story here. Watch the live performance here.

LifeThruDance:  LifeThruDance is an artistic mentoring program that introduces participants to the field of dance. Participants will be trained in the fundamentals of dance by taking structured dance classes, learning choreography, comprehending dance vocabulary.  Participants will also be encouraged to develop their own dance style, create choreography, and learn dance improvisation to enhance the performance skills needed to successfully execute dance on stage.

LifeThruSports: This program uses fundamental basketball skills to teach teens a variety of life lessons.  How to be part of a team, how to be a leader  & follower, how to control your emotions, success of hard work, how to win (succeed) with class, how to lose (fail) with dignity and so much more.

Youth Bible Study: This program teaches Teens how to read and understand the Bible and how to implement it in their everyday life.

Field Trips: Every thrid Thrusday of the month teens who meet the criteria of attendane and good behavior will be able to participate in field trips. These trips include Vertical Jump, Bowling, Cleveland I-X Center, Fishing, etc.

The Teen Center embraces the core values of the YMCA – caring, honesty, respect and responsibility with a focus on building a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Special thanks to our program funders: United Way of Erie County, Erie Community Foundation, City of Erie, Erie Insurance Group, UPMC/UMPC Hamot, McCain Family Foundation, Merwin Family Foundation, John M. and Gertrude Petersen Family Foundation, Britton Family Foundation, Thomas Keating Trust, and Erie Arts & Culture.