The Teen Center at Copley-Price Family YMCA  provides school readiness, self-improvement, and a focus on health for teens with additional opportunity to earn a free membership through the Y-Teen Achievers Program and the Y-Strong Girls Program. Academic support includes tutoring, college preparation, mentoring, study skill workshops, computer lap access. We also focus on providing job-readiness opportunities consisting of volunteering and internships to gain work experience. Our focus on health through workshops will help students become more active and will focus on creating a safe space for teens to feel secure and at peace.


 The YMCA Teen Achievers Program (Y-TAP) aims to creating safe spaces for teens in San Diego’s City Heights and neighboring communities. The program includes tutoring, computer lab access, dinner, Urbanlife Rooftop Garden opportunities, field trips, Workshop Wednesdays and Fun Friday activities!

Y-TAP offers qualifying teens a free, year-long YMCA membership as long as requirements surrounding school attendance, physical activity, community service and well-being are met and/or exceeded. 

  • Eligible students must be ages 13-17. 
  • Complete monthly goals and stay current with academic meetings to maintain their membership. 


The Y-Strong Girls Program is dedicated to providing tools to empower young women to create meaningful lives through healthy choices,self-awareness, mindfulness, movement, camaraderie and community involvement. The program is for girls ages 13 - 18 enrolled in middle school or high school. Membership at the YMCA is recommended but not required. If not a member of the YMCA, a scholarship may be available based on your teen’s participation in the program. See full program details here.



 Most of our students in the teen programs reside in City Heights and they are often part of low income families. We are always eager to take more volunteers and help us provide resource to our teens. At the Teen Center, volunteers and interns will have the opportunity to tutor, help facilitate workshops, the teen center and interact with our teens.


 More information: Visit the Copley-Price Family YMCA Welcome Center or contact Y-Teens Coordinator, Edgar Vargas at [email protected] or by calling 619.280.9622.