YMCA 7th Grade Initiative


YMCA OF Reading & Berks County is pleased to offer 7th grade students free membership to support and encourage youth to live healthy lifestyles and make responsible choices.


Research shows that seventh grade is a critical time in a young person’s life when exposure to risk factors greatly increases. Risk factors are conditions or influences that have been shown to increase the likelihood for unhealthy behaviors including substance abuse, delinquency, teen pregnancy, school drop-out and violence. It is also during the early teen years that youth begin to distance themselves from family and positive supports systems.

The Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower these youth to reach their personal potential. We also provide youth with the knowledge, skills, character, and passion to be more active in the community as adults.