Youth and Family Specialty Programs

Champion Programs*

We all know or have someone in our life that has championed through many obstacles in their life. The following programs have been designed to meet the needs of our community members who are looking for support for family and friends in need of programs to support limitations in mobility, intellectually limited abilities, as well as social and emotional development.

*Firefly at the Y - Champion Program

Firefly at the Y is a grant awarded program for adults with intellectual disabilities. This will be a 12-week session beginning Monday, September 11th and will finish Wednesday, November 29th. Participants may select from either morning or afternoon session. At each class, the participants will engage in socialization, exercise, and a brief nutrition example; concluding with healthy snack and social time with their peers and staff. This is a free program that is provided to the Warren County YMCA through the Edith L. Trees Charitable Trust. Pre-registration is required. Email kim@warrenymca for details.

Dates: September 11th - November 29th
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Times: 10:30-12:00 noon OR 1:00-2:30 pm
Cost: Free
Registration: **Currently filled for the Sept/Nov session.

* Soccer - Champion Program

Champion Soccer is a community based program for young athletes with special needs. Our goal is to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl who has mental or physical special needs. The program will consist of five 45-minute session where youth will work with experienced coaches, volunteers and players to experience skill sessions, drills and games if applicable. Classes are held with 5-week session of regular programming. *Interested in being a Buddy to assist a Champion Soccer Player? Email Laure Ritzert at and let her know!
*No class Saturday, November 25th

Dates: Saturdays beginning November 18th for 5 weeks
Times: 10:15-11:00 am
Cost: $10.00 members / $20.00 non-members
Registration: Begins October 23rd and ends November 10th (Please register at the YMCA Front Desk)

*Lego Club - Champion Program

A social opportunity for children of all ages utilizing LEGOS to assist in developing social interaction skills while interacting with peers or staff. There will be LEGO challenges for any child to try or they can act independent and be creative with their LEGOS on their own.

Day: Wednesdays
Times: 1:15-2:15 pm OR 6:00-7:00 pm
Cost: $25 for 5 weeks (member & non-members welcome)

*Rainbow Swim (SNAP - Special Needs Aquatic Program) - Champion Program

This swim is set aside for anyone with a physical or mental handicap. Rainbow Swim is held on Friday evenings from 6:00-7:00pm beginning September 15, 2017. This swim time works on improving motor and social skills. The swim time is split between lessons and fun swim. There is NO fee for this program which is sponsored by the YMCA and the Don Mills Achievement Center. Karen Lyle is the coordinator. Volunteers are always needed to help. For more information on this program or to volunteer, contact the Don Mills Achievement Center at 723-5730.

Dates: Begins Friday, September 15, 2017
Day: Fridays
Times: 6:00-7:00 pm
Cost: FREE
Registration: Contact Don Mills Achievement Center at 723-5730

*Champion Splash - Champion Program

Reserve a little special time in the pool for you and your friends. Book a private swim play date for your group of parents and friends. The pool will be your for 1 hour - plus you get a room to have a get together before your pool fun! If you desire swim lessons, please indicate at the time of scheduling. Must be booked at least 1 month in advance.

Days: Saturdays OR Sundays (Sundays Nov-May only)
Times: 2:00-4:00 pm Saturday / 3:00-5:00 pm Sundays
Cost: $100 members / $125 non-members
Registration: Pleasecontact Cathy Peterson at 814-726-0110 or email cathy to schedule your pool time fun!

**NEW for 2017 - Just You and Me Kid (Parent/Child Fun)

Today's family is busy and committed to quality time with their kids. The Y is committed to that as well. This year our Family and Youth Department is selecting several days throughout the year for a special play date time for a child and a parent (or grandparent, aunt, uncle, etc.). One on one time in a quality setting with a quality program makes for great memories! Please select your parent/child fun play date below and put it on your calendar now. Ages 7 & up. (Note: Each class has a supply list. Cost for class is for TWO people - an adult and a child.)

Class #1 - Warren Rocks at the Y

Painting on Rocks - "Warren Rocks" has inspired this class of learning how to paint on rocks to make them look like an animal. Adult and child will learn how to paint a smooth rounded rock to look like a frog, lady bug, kitty or whatever you and your child choose. Bring appropriate shaped rocks and we will supply the paint and instructions.

Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Time: 6:00-7:30 pm
Ages: 7 & Up
$15 members (cost is for for both participants)
$20 non-members (cost is for both participants)
Registration: Pre-registration is required by September 11th

Class #2 - Stained Glass Art

This Just You and Me Kid project will be completed in two classes - Wednesday, November 8th & November 15th. Create a stained glass art piece. Supply list below.

Dates: Wednesday, November 8th & 15th (Must attend both classes)
Time: 6:00-7:30 pm
Ages: 7 & Up
$25 member/non-member (cost is for both participants)
Registration: Pre-registration is required by November 6, 2017
Supply List:
An inexpensive 5X7 frame with clear glass
1 tube of Bond 6000 (available at Ace Hardware...can be shared with classmate)
1 tub of tile and tub grout
**Stained glass will be provided.

Class #3 - Christmas Sing Along

Let's go caroling in this third Just You and Me Kid activity. There is something about singing Christmas Carols that just makes the holiday feel real. Guilded by an almost full moon, a horse drawn wagon will transport carolers through the Y neighborhoods where we will sing songs, brightening the season with the Christmas spirit. Dress as a caroler with scarf, hat and mittens to add to the festive appeal. Special singers will help up along. A gathering of thanks with hot chocolate and a special treat when we return to the YMCA.

Date: Sunday, December 17th
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Ages: 2 & Up (infant through age 2 at no cost)
$6 per person (max of 8 families / 32 participants)

Holiday fun:

Mock Macy's Day Parade - Balloon Presenter

Have your child be part of a fun and exciting event in Warren...the Annual Warren Christmas Parade. Kids will present "Macy's Famous Character Balloons" (child size) during the parade. Each participant will receive a Christmas hat. Please dress for the weather. Parents are needed to walk with a group of kids to assist with the balloon (2-3 kids per balloon). Location to meet will be determined. (Cell# to be texted with details.) Ages 7 & up. Pre-registration is required.

Date: Friday, December 1, 2017
Time: 5:00 pm
Ages: 7 & Up
$5/child member
$8/child non-member
Registration: Pre-registration is required by Monday, November 27th

Elf in Training

Want to be Santa's Elf? Come and take an Elf in Training class with the one and only biggest elf himself - SANTA CLAUS! Participants will help Santa paint toys, wrap presents and earn elf ears and hat. Then they will be an official Christmas Elf! Ages 3-8. Pre-registration is required.

Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
Ages: 3-8 years
$8/child member
$13/child non-member
Registration: Pre-registration is required by December 2nd

Birthday Parties and Room Rentals

Interested in throwing a birthday party for your child, but lack the room to house it? The Y is here to help. We have swimming and Character Club Play Gym & Fun Zone parties to offer. School year parties are held on Saturdays from 2:00pm-4:00pm and Sundays from 3:00pm-5:00pm (Nov-Apr only). Summer parties are held Saturday mornings from 9:30 - 11:30 am. All parties are on a first come, first serve basis and must be booked at least one month in advance. We can accommodate twenty (20) individuals in a group for Character Club parties and twenty-five (25) individuals for swimming parties. A 50% non-refundable deposit and facility usage form is required two weeks before the date of the party.Parties are on a two hour time slot with the first hour in the party room and the second hour for the activity booked. Any child that cannot swim or wears a bubble must be accompanied by and adult in the water. All participants who will be swimming must have a swim waiver on file.

Room rentals are for a 2-hour block. All rentals are on a first come, first serve basis and must be booked at least one month in advance.

Contact Cathy Peterson at 814-726-0110, ext. 114 or email to schedule a party.

Fee: $100 YMCA member/$125 Non-member
Days: Saturdays 2:00-4:00pm / Sundays 3:00-5:00pm (April-November ONLY) / Saturdays 9:30-11:30am (Summer ONLY)

Municipal Pool Parties (Summer)

The Warren Municipal Pool offers private after-hour parties on parties on Friday, Saturday or Sunday evenings and small parties may be scheduled during weekday afternoons from 2:30-4:30 pm. All parties MUST be reserved in advance. Please contact Dani Mostachetti, YMCA Aquatics Coordinator at 726-0110, ext 116 or for available dates and costs.
** Municipal Pool closes on Saturday, August 19th

Season Hours:
M-Thursday: 12:00-5:00 pm & 6:00-8:00 pm
Fri/Sat/Sunday: 12:00-5:00 pm

Child & Babysitting Course - Spring 2018

This course is an ASHI (Amerian Safety & Health Institute) certified course. It will be held for youths age 12-15. Must be 12 years old prior to start of course. A minimum of 4 participants is needed to run the course (maximum of 10). Participants will need to bring a packed lunch.

Fee: $50/participant
Date: Saturday, May 12th
Time: 8:30am - 2:00pm
Registration: Winter 2018

Y Partnership Music ARTS

The Warren County YMCA in an effort to meet every child and adults' needs has partnered with the Warren County Music Conservatory to offer our members the enrichment of music instruction. Whether it is vocal or instrumental, the Warren Music Conservatory offers a wide range of choices for members who are interested in ANY GROUP CLASS that they offer. Please log on at to look at the wide range of classes offered. All Warren County YMCA members receive a 25% discount on their group class fee when a current membership voucher is presented at the time of registration.


In conjuntion with the Key Club of Warren Area High School and the Kiwanis Club of Warren, the YMCA is introducing a community youth program which will enhance your child's connection with the community by learning how to be a part of making good things happen. Youth Kindergarten through Fifth Grade will be guided by Key Club Teens and Adult Advisors on projects that are chosen to be caring and giving to our community. Such projects will include, but not limited to, collecting items for people in need, assisting with seasonal projects at the Y, as well as other local organizations. These meetings will be twice a month from 3:30 - 4:30pm at the WAEC. This program is free of charge. Please contact Kim Slocum at 726-0110, ext. 126 for information.

K-kid meeting dates: Program runs during school year. Please check with Kim for 2017/18 school year for enrollment opportunities.

These clubs are affiliated with the Kiwanis International and Sponsored by Our Local Kiwanis Club of Warren and Organized Through the YMCA

K-Kids: For youths in grades 3-5. This service club meets at Warren Area Elementary Center (WAEC) monthly. They help with projects around the school, at the YMCA and outreach projects at nursing homes. They have also made appreciation gifts for our police and firefighters. If interested in this club. contact Mrs. Megan Yeager at 723-9061.

Builder's Club: For youths in grades 6-8. This service club meets weekly at Beaty Warren Middle School. The club helps clean up parks, worked with the Beaty Pantry and volunteered with the Firefighter's Boot Drive. If interested in the club, contact Mr. Steve Parinella at 723-5200.

NOTE: It is required that children 9 and under be accompanied by an adult at all times while at our YMCA. Children 9 and under must be accompanied to and from programs/classes by a parent/guardian. No Front Entry drop off or pick up.