The YMCA of Greater Brandywine's 7th Grade Initiative offers any seventh grader a complimentary one-year youth membership.

For the 2021 - 2022 school year, we are pleased to announce that we've extended our 7th Grade Initiative to include both 7th and 8th graders. We know that many of last year's seventh graders were unable to benefit from the initiative due to COVID restrictions/limitations. 

Kids simply need to bring a school ID, roster or report card, along with a parent or guardian, to their local YMCA branch to register.

After registering, membership includes use of the YMCA’s facilities. They can swim, play in our gyms and work out in our wellness centers. More than 1,000 seventh-graders enjoy this complimentary membership every year.


Why the 7th Grade Initiative Matters

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.

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.