Rec Center Memberships
To many teens, young children, and even parents and grandparents, the NYS Rec Center feels like a second home. We love watching young people grow up with us!
Affordable, highly NYS-subsidized, Rec Center memberships provide access to age-appropriate recreation and physical space. NYS Rec Center memberships reach across four age groups:
- Middle School Membership (Grades 6-8)- Weekday, after-school drop-in center providing middle schoolers a place to be other than home alone. NYS strives to keep middle school students engaged, connected, and productive. Through the Rec Center, NYS provides open gym space, homework help, afternoon programs, social and quiet spaces, support, and community service opportunities. Nearly 20% of public middle school students participate in the Rec Center.
- Junior Membership (Grades 4-5)- On scheduled school early release days, the middle school Rec Center opens to “upper elementary” youth for the entire afternoon. This allows fourth and fifth graders to explore Rec Center offerings, have fun, and feel comfortable in the environment and with other age groups before becoming full members.
- High School (Grades 9-12)- High School Rec Center offerings are focused on evenings and weekends. Friday night hangouts, high school band nights, open gym, and other teen-focused programs are offered through this membership. High schoolers also work and volunteer alongside NYS staff at the after-school drop-in center.
- Open Gym (Pre-school)- On weekday mornings, offers a safe indoor space for young children to explore with their peers, using age-appropriate equipment. Provides pre-schoolers and their parents/caretakers with a place get to know each other and to get to know NYS as a resource.
Outside of memberships, we work to engage teens in a number of ways, from leadership development to foreign travel.
Youth Council-Youth Council is a youth-led group open to 7th-12th graders. The Council leads projects, campaigns, and events with the goal of improving the community for youth, including the creation of Newburyport’s Youth Bill of Rights and a youth suicide prevention campaign, It’s our 20%.
Teen Trips- NYS engages teens in discovering the world outside their local community with their peers. Day or overnight trips may include ski and surfing trips, museum days, community service, evenings at the theater, theme parks, hiking, and trips to New York City or Montreal.
Service Trips- For younger teens with their parents and older teens alone, NYS partners with non-profit organizations in other countries (e.g., Africa, Central America) to offer service trips. These trips, facilitate opportunities for young people to explore other cultures and ways of life, interact meaningfully with native residents of these regions, and understand similarities and differences between themselves and those they meet.
We also employee between 25-35 young people every year as part of the NYS Team!