The YMCA of Greater Brandywine’s 7th Grade Initiative offers seventh-grade students a complimentary youth membership for up to one year. Students are eligible once they graduate 6th grade through August 31st of their 7th-grade year.
The transition into adolescence is one of the most dynamic and influential periods of development, as children undergo broad changes. This period is also a critical time where key interventions can have positive long-term outcomes. The YMCA is a safe space where youth can discover their passions and develop a sense of belonging while pursuing their personal and educational goals.
More than 1,000 seventh-graders enjoy this complimentary membership every year.
To activate your membership, bring your school ID, roster or report card and a parent or guardian with you to the YMCA. After completing the membership application, each student must complete a wellness orientation in order to activate their membership.
7th Grade Initiative members are highly encouraged to commit to at least one volunteer service project and/or 2 - 4 volunteer service hours annually at their YMCA location. Learn more about volunteer opportunities for teens.
What You Get
Use of the YMCA indoor facilities, in accordance with policies, during operating hours such as open socialization time, open time in the gymnasium and pool, programs and more!
Note: Activities vary by YMCA location and fees apply for some programs.
How It Helps
The YMCA knows that as kids face adolescence’s challenges, they are more likely to begin distancing themselves from formal organizations, friends and family and to experiment with unhealthy behaviors.
The 7th Grade Initiative offers an alternative where they can make new friends, discover their passions and develop a healthy lifestyle. We believe it's crucial to set the foundation for a healthy lifestyle at a young age.
Why the 7th Grade Initiative Matters
Kids at this age are discovering who they are, and we want to ensure that they’re set up for future success through an active lifestyle.
Support for the 7th Grade Initiative is raised through the YMCA's Chester County Corporate Championship Benefit Golf Tournament.