Youth Teen & Family

Youth Teen & Family

Youth and Teens create memories, learn skills and build confidence as they explore new interests and passions at the Y. We’re committed to helping all kids and teens are their best selves—through programs focused on sports, arts, leadership and family fun. Family time at the Y is about giving families the opportunities to deepen relationships, develop new skills and interests, improve their health and well being, and connect to the community.

The Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut offers many fun activities for youth, teens and families every month. Please search our schedules for current offerings. For even MORE fun things to do, be sure to check out ourcalendar!

Youth, Teen & Family Contact:

Maria Neufeld
Youth, Teen and Family Program Coordinator
203.775.4444 x 109

All of the Y’s Early Learning programs offer quality care in a safe and supportive environment that fosters the emotional, physical, social and cognitive growth of each child.

Wiggles & Giggles

( Parent/Child Class, Ages 1-3 )

In this super-fun, music-filled learning experience that celebrates the unique joys of the energetic toddler. Young children enjoy singing, dancing, and instrument-play activities that are designed to promote cognitive development, encourage social skills like sharing, turn taking, and cultivate early literacy skills.

Wednesday Afternoon Adventures

( Ages 3-5 )

Join us for some fun adventures! Games, songs, stories, crafts, and free play will be a part of this fun-filled class. All activities revolve around a new theme each 4-week mini session.

smiling family portrait outside

Fit Kids

The Fit Kids program, is a collaboration between Western Connecticut Health Network, the Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut and Family & Children’s Aid.

Fit Kids is a 10-week multidisciplinary program designed to support parents who are concerned about their child’s weight as they work towards a healthier lifestyle. Through physical education, nutrition and behavior support, the families will receive the expertise they need to begin their journey.

The program is held on Tuesdays at 5:15 pm at Family & Children’s Aid on West St in Danbury. A referral from a pediatrician, school nurse or other medical provider is required. At least one parent must attend the sessions with the child.

Go! 5, 2, 1, 0

Let’s Go! is a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program. Our goal is to increase physical activity and healthy eating for children from birth to age 18 through policy and environmental change. Let’s Go! works in six settings to reach families where they live, learn, work, and play to reinforce the importance of healthy eating and physical activity.

Let’s Go! helps participating programs to:

  • Reflect on their nutrition and physical activity environments and make changes to support healthy behaviors in kids.
  • Increase healthy eating in kids by providing appropriate foods and beverages, and role modeling healthy eating behaviors.
  • Increase opportunities for physical activity.
  • Reach out to parents to promote healthy behaviors at home.
  • Promote the 5-2-1-0 message.

Summer Zumba

Join our YMCA instructor at FREE Family Zumba to get you moving! This is a fun, family interactive, fat burning, cardio class. Don’t forget to wear sneakers and bring along water.

Youth Triathlon Training Program

(Cancelled April 2020 Due to


Letter from CMAK Foundation

( Ages 6-12 )

Race 4 Chase is named for Chase Kowalski, an amazing little boy from Newtown, who loved to run. Race 4 Chase strives to empower kids to reach their full potential.

Registration is for children ages 6 years old to 12 years old (Must be 12 through December 31, 2019. Child will not be eligible if they turned 13 before or during program.) wishing to participate in the Race 4 Chase Triathlon Program. This program provides youth with a fun, skill building, and life-changing experience by introducing them to the sport of triathlon.


This is a FREE 6 week long program!

Monday, June 22, 2020 – Friday, July 31, 2020.

Program times are 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. daily, Monday – Friday.

Race day is the culmination of the program for the eight YMCA Race 4 Chase programs at YMCA Camp Sloper in Southington (1000 East Street, Southington, CT) on Saturday, August 1, 2020. Rain date is August 2nd. All participants will compete in a Youth Triathlon on this day.

An application needs to be completed by both parent/guardian and child wishing to participate in the program. Please answer all questions; if you have additional children, each child must have a separate application.Due to limited enrollment, applications will be evaluated based on several factors. Selection priority will be given to first time registrations, a demonstration of need, and those indicating a sincere desire to participate for the complete duration of the program.You will be notified if your child has been selected into the program. If selected, completion of a registration packet is required.

Students Can Run And Move

( Grades K-5)

In an effort to reverse the rising local childhood obesity rates, the Regional Y operates the SCRAM (Students Can Run and Move) afterschool fitness/nutrition program to get at-risk, low-income Danbury elementary school students (grades K-5) moving and to educate them and their families about good nutrition and the importance of exercise.

SCRAM was the vision and plan developed by the Coalition for Healthy Kids, a Danbury based Coalition.

SCRAM runs from October to May in conjunction with the Danbury Public Schools’ after-school, Extended Learning Program (ELP). SCRAM features a daily healthy snack, weekly nutrition lessons, and 45 minutes of daily physical activities. At the end of the 26 weeks, students show improved physical fitness test scores, are more knowledgeable about good nutrition and increase their fruit and vegetable consumption. SCRAM is proven to help overweight children stabilize and even improve their BMI levels, and through quality physical activity programming.  Through an effective parent education component, SCRAM helps families reinforce healthy behaviors at home. SCRAM has been recognized by the CDC as an effective health strategy. A 4 to 6 week summer variation is also offered at up to four Danbury Public School summer school sites.

During the spring and summer months, students involved in SCRAM experience hands-on nutrition projects and activities including tending to a raised bed gardens, preparing and tasting a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, and taking walking field trips to the Farmer’s Market located at Kennedy Park in Danbury, CT.

Children and families are taught the Let’s Go health message of “5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily, 2 or less hours of recreational screen time, 1 hour of play every day and 0 intakes of sugar sweetened beverages.” Program outcomes include improved weight status and fitness levels, increased fruit and vegetable consumption, decreased sugar sweetened beverage intake, and decreased time spent in recreational screen time and more time playing.

Since 2010, the program has reached more than 2500 children and families.

The Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of the SCRAM Program:

  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation 2015-2016
  • CDC- ACHIEVE- Action Communities for Health Innovation and Environmental Change 2011, 2012
  • Communities Putting Prevention to Work 2010
  • Danbury Public Schools 2012 – 2015
  • General Mills 2014 – 2015
  • Goodrich-UTC Aerospace Systems 2010 – 2015
  • Meserve Foundation 2012 – 2015
  • Peggy Zamore- individual sponsor 2015
  • State Farm of Danbury 2014 and 2015
  • Trust for Public Land 2013
  • Union Savings Bank- 2012, 2014, 2016
  • United Way of Western Connecticut through Strong Heart Healthy Children 2011 – 2016
  • Whole Foods Foundation 2014

Volunteer Capacity:

  • Western Connecticut State University Health Promotion Program
  • Danbury Garden Club
  • UCONN Extension service- Danbury Master Gardeners
  • Regional YMCA employees for summer Farmer’s Market Program
kids running in field on a beautiful day

Youth, Teen & Family Contact:

Maria Neufeld
Youth, Teen and Family Program Coordinator
203.775.4444 x 109