The Youth Activity Center

Hopewell Valley YMCA’s Free Teen/Tween Center for Grades 6-12

(Currently postponed for the season)


Designed by teens, for teens, the Youth Activity Center is a safe place for teens to gather, be with their friends, feel welcome and included.  It is located on the first floor of the YMCA’s administrative offices at 62 S. Main Street in Pennington Borough and is in walking distance from Timberlane and Hopewell Valley Central High School. It is professionally staffed and a place where teens can feel welcome.  We can provide assistance for special needs students, if needed.  The YAC is open to all Hopewell Valley teens in grades 6-12. It is open from 3:00 PM – 6:30 PM. Monday through Friday. Pre-registration is required for your child to attend the center.  Please register using our parent portal by clicking the link above.  Registration allows us to gather contact information, allergy concerns and busing information.

There are several ways to arrive at the Youth Activity Center. When you register with us online, if your child needs busing from their school, please complete the option “Need busing to YAC” on the registration form.  The Hopewell Valley Regional School District (HVRSD) is providing busing for registered students from their school to the Youth Activity Center. For those students whose home zone qualifies them for busing (per notification from the township), busing will be provided by HVRSD at no charge.  Students who do not qualify for district busing can purchase transportation from HVRSD to the Youth Activity Center for $150 per year. Your child can also walk to the center, carpool with friends or ride their bike.

You can view our FAQ or contact us anytime at 609-737-3048 or





View our Youth Activity Center Flyer and Share with Friends!

Astronomers Club– Coming Spring 2020 (Mondays 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM)
Academic Tutoring – Wednesdays 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Magic the Gathering Group – Wednesdays at 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Magic the Gathering Tournaments – TBD
Social Enrichment Circle: CONTACT – Thursdays 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Movie Night/TV Rants – Fridays 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM


Youth Activity Center Clubs

Your tween/teen can attend the additional clubs at the center at any time during the year.  If your child is interested, please contact, expressing your interest. Our current clubs are Magic The Gathering, Academic Tutoring, Teen Billiards, Teen Book/Ted Talks, Social Enrichment Circle, and Movie Night/TV Rants.


Academic Tutoring

Wednesdays 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

We offer FREE academic tutoring in our Youth Activity Center.  On Tuesday’s receive Language Arts homework and project assistance offered by NJ certified language arts teacher.  Reading support will focus on comprehension skills, analysis, decoding and vocabulary development.  Writing support centered on strengthening planning, organization, idea development, editing, syntax and vocabulary.  On Wednesday’s visit our student tutor for assistance with any 5th/6th grade subject, Chemistry, Physics, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1&2, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, and Spanish.

Magic the Gathering Club

Wednesdays 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Magic the gathering is for grades 6-12 and will be held at the YMCA Youth Activity Center. Whether you are new to the game or an experienced player, you will definitely find yourself immersed in the world of Magic. Come on out and invite your friends… the more the merrier. Players can bring their own deck or borrow one of your friends.

Magic the Club Tournament times: TBD


Social Enrichment Circle: CONTACT

Thursdays 4:00 PM – 5:00 pm

The social enrichment social gives teens an opportunity to discuss issues affecting their unique community, while teaching interpersonal skills necessary to constructively communicate with others.  Volunteers understand that life can be difficult and challenging for teens in today’s world of online communication and minimal interpersonal communication. Volunteers will meet with Hopewell Valley teens on a weekly basis for 1 hour to talk and listen non-judgmentally with the hope of increasing the teen’s caring communication skills and personal coping skills. Talking and interacting with others builds community, and community provides an emotional safety factor for teens.


Movie Night/TV Rants

Fridays 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

End your busy school week by enjoying fresh popcorn, refreshments and watching a movie with friends.


For more information: Contact our Youth Activity Center Coordinator at or 609-724-8678