Teens and young adults in the Twin Cities will have free access to YMCA gyms, pool areas, fitness floors, health classes and more through the rest of the summer.
YMCA of the North and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation announced the free membership opportunity for teens and young adults. The classes and services are available until Sept. 30, 2021, and available for teens entering ninth through 12th grade. There are 21 YMCA locations in the Twin Cities participating.
Teenagers will have access to YMCA gymnasiums, fitness floors and aquatic areas. They'll also be able to take part in leadership and character development programs, as well as fitness and wellness programming. There will be virtual and in-person opportunities.
YMCA of the Noth says more than four in every five Twin Cities teens lives within 15 minutes of a YMCA location.
The COVID-19 pandemic abruptly altered the YMCA landscape. As the New York Times reported last summer, Y locations quickly pivoted to other services, providing childcare for emergency workers, free meals to struggling families and housing for those experiencing homelessness.
Like many nonprofits, the YMCA took a significant financial hit, with revenues down 30-35% across the U.S.