We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity

to discover who they are and what they can achieve


Ages: 5 – 12 years old
Quick Links: Aquatics, Sports & Movement, Healthy Living

**The “Register Online” button only works during scheduled registration weeks unless otherwise noted. **Program schedules and fees are subject to change.

Youth classes’ days and times are listed on the Registration Information flyer, which is available on the Class/Program Information page.


Runs June 3 – July 14, 2018
Registration is closed.

Runs July 15 – September 1, 2018
Member Registration: June 30 – July 12, 2018
Non-Member Registration: July 7-12, 2018


  • 3rd Annual Super Hero 1K

View the Upcoming Events page for details about all Special Events.

Preschool Program

Whether you are looking to get a head start on your child’s education, get them ready for Kindergarten, or supplement what they are learning in a current preschool or Kindergarten classroom, Y Kids Academy is the place to be!

In this class, your child will learn through play and a variety of educational experiences in line with the PA Standards. Your child will engage in self-guided and teacher guided exploration, both small group and large group lessons with a Christian emphasis.

The curriculum will focus on the development of pre-reading, literacy and language skills, math, science, fine and gross motor skills, music, art, and social skills.

Register your child to be a Y Kid for the 2018-2019 school year!


Preschool Class (for 3-4 yrs):
Must be 3 years old as of September 1, 2018 and potty trained.
Monday & Wednesday 9:00-11:00AM or Tuesday & Thursday 1:00-3:00PM

Pre-K/Kindergarten Enrichment (for 4½-6 yrs):
Must be 4 years old as of March 1, 2018 and potty trained.
Monday & Wednesday 1:00-3:00PM or Tuesday & Thursday 9:00-11:00AM


  • The school year will run Tuesday, September 4, 2018 – Thursday, May 23, 2019.
  • Enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year is open and requires a $50 non-refundable deposit, which will be applied to student’s first month’s tuition.
  • Tuition is $50 per month, automatically drafted the 1st of each month, October 2018 – May 2019.

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Give your child the opportunity to extend their preschool day! They will bring their lunch and share the experience with their classmates. The schedule will include time to play on the indoor playground or outside in the field. Also, the children will participate in preschool programs ranging from swimming lessons, bitty sports, art classes or even cooking classes! Schedule will change on a monthly basis.

  • Requirements: Must be enrolled in Preschool Class or Pre-K/Kindergarten Enrichment.
  • Classes: Meet twice per week on Mondays & Wednesdays 11:00AM-1:00PM or
    Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:00AM-1:00PM, depending on child’s preschool class day.
  • Registration: Required monthly and is available the 15th-30th/31st of the prior month. Tuition: $75 per month*, due at time of registration (*in addition to monthly tuition).


Contact Karen Guise, Senior Program Director: or 724.452.9122 x230


Please contact Michelle Gonzalez, Aquatics Coordinator, at with any additional Aquatics Programming questions.

Preschool Group Swim Lessons’ days and times are listed on the Registration Information flyer, which is available on the Class/Program Information page.


Swim Lesson FAQs

Achievement Tracker (printable)

Private Swim Lessons
seven 30-minute lessons: Member $147  |  Non-Member $220

Private Swim Lesson Q & A

Private Swim Lesson Application (Electronic)

Private Swim Lesson Application (Printable)

We heard you… The Aquatics Center is proud to announce the implementation of a private swim lesson program. This program is for ages 3 and up.

Benefits of a private swim instructor include:

  •     Ability to focus better working one-on-one
  •     Individual guidance to perfect your stroke technique
  •     Convenience of scheduling with your own instructor.

An application is required before registration. Please find the application at the Member Service Desk or the link above and return to the Aquatics Coordinator. After application is received you will be contacted by the Aquatic Department.

All Youth Swim Lessons run for 30 minutes.

SWIM BASICS: Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills: 1.) Swim, float, swim— sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit. 2.) Jump, push, turn, grab


Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.


In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.


In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.

SWIM STROKES: Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being, and foster a lifetime of physical activity.


Students in stage 4 develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and learn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick. Water safety is reinforced through treading water and elementary backstroke.


Students in stage 5 work on stroke technique and learn all major competitive strokes. The emphasis on water safety continues through treading water and sidestroke.


In stage 6, students refine stroke technique on all major competitive strokes, learn about competitive swimming, and discover how to incorporate swimming into a healthy lifestyle.

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Program schedules are available on the Gym & League Schedules page.

Questions? Contact Carrie Ohorodnyk, Executive Director at or 724-452-9122 x232

Youth Sports & Humanities classes’ days and times are listed on the Registration Information flyer, which is available on the Class/Program Information page.

Click here to register for our current sports programs available: Register Online


Little/Mighty Dragon (4-6 year olds):  Member $50  |  Non-Member $95
Youth Beginner/Advanced (7-13 year olds):  Member $60  |  Non-Member $105

Open to ages 4 – Adult
Tang Soo Do is a traditional Korean Martial Art that teaches the values of integrity, concentration, self-control and perseverance while emphasizing skills in practical self-defense. Registration is required monthly, available the 15th through the end of the month.

Register Online
Registration available monthly; 15th-30th/31st

Baseball/Softball Hitting Academy

Co-ed, 7-15 years old as of first class date. Refine your skills in our baseball hitting small group lessons. Lessons are taught by experienced sports staff with specialized baseball knowledge and experience.

Basketball Skill Academy

Co-ed, 7-15 years old as of first class date. Small group instruction designed to refine & develop individual’s basketball skills.

Youth Volleyball

Grades 4th–6th as current school year. Youth Volleyball is designed to help youth learn fundamental Volleyball skills while gaining a deeper understanding of the game. T-shirts and awards provided. Everyone plays, everyone wins! 10 week season.

YMCA Junior Penguins Hockey (typically run during Fall II)

Ages 6-12, as of the first date of the program. The Pittsburgh Penguins, Trib Total Media, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and the YMCA have teamed up to bring the game of ball hockey  to the youth of our region. YMCA Junior Penguins is a beginner to intermediate level floor hockey league open to girls and boys from six to twelve years old. Children will learn the basics of hockey while reinforcing the positive aspects of sportsmanship, teamwork, and the benefits of exercise. Players are responsible for mouth guard and shin guards (Soccer shin guards permitted).

Flag Flag Football (typically run during Fall I)

This league is designed to instruct the fundamental skills of football. All participants will receive a team jersey; all equipment will be provided by the YMCA. There will be one practice throughout the week for the first two weeks of the season.

Youth Basketball

This is a noncompetitive instructional league for boys and girls ages 5-12 years old focusing on skill exploration. Winning is down played and character development is highlighted! Game shirts and awards provided.

Youth Soccer

Ages 4-12, as of the first date of the program. This is an instructional league designed to develop the fundamental skills of soccer as youth play and learn in a non-threatening environment. Winning is down played while character development is highlighted. T-shirts and awards provided!

Speed & Agility Performance

Ages 7-15 yrs. Young athletes will be able to improve their explosiveness, acceleration, quick first step, reaction time and core strength throughout this training.  It doesn’t matter what sport you play; if you are looking for that competitive edge, this program will provide it.  It is action packed with drills, including agility ladder, cone drills, core work and other speed/agility drills.

T-Ball/Coach Pitch Baseball

YMCA T-ball (ages 4-5 yrs old) / Coach Pitch Baseball (ages 6-7 yrs old) is designed to instruct the fundamental skills of baseball as youth play and learn in a non-threatening environment. Winning is down played while character development is highlighted. Glove required.

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Questions? Please contact Kathy Hensler, Healthy Living Director at

Schedules are available on the Group Exercise Schedules page.

Youth Healthy Living classes’ days and times are listed on the Registration Information flyer, which is available on the Class/Program Information page.

  • Ages 14+ yrs can attend group exercise & cycle classes.
  • Ages 12-13 yrs may attend Land Group Exercise classes with a parent*.
  • Ages 11-13 yrs may attend Group Cycle classes with a parent*.
  • *Youth must not be a distraction to the adult class.
  • Please view Adult Registration Information/Program Guide for all class details & description, available on the Class/Program Information page.

Wellness Center Youth Orientation

Wellness Center Youth Orientation is required for youth members between the ages of 11-15 prior to using the Wellness Center. Please inquire at the Wellness Center Desk for equipment age restrictions and to schedule an appointment.

Youth/Teen Fitness

Ages 7-17 yrs. This class includes cycling, speed, agility, strength training, and flexibility into a program that offers variety, fun, and a noncompetitive environment.

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