Youth Programs

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Mentorship Creates Leadership

YWCA York’s Temple Guard Drill Team is a youth mentoring program based on discipline and focus that trains youth living in the City of York (grades K-12) in military-style boot camp marching and dance to the accompaniment of a heart-pounding drum corps. Drill team members practice at YWCA York on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, drum corps meets Wednesdays and perform an average of twice a month across Central PA and beyond.

Through Temple Guard participation:

  • Youth are provided mentorship.
  • Lives are enriched by teaching respect for one another.
  • Academic achievement is promoted.
  • Strong leaders are built.

This mission is accomplished by:

  • Building character through military-style drill team routines.
  • Structured discipline.
  • Teaching solid problem solving and good decision making skills regarding civility, saying no to drugs and alcohol, making healthy relationship decisions, and handling peer pressure.
  • Providing performance experience in new and exciting locations.

YWCA York’s Temple Guard Drill Team has won several competition awards, including the Creative York “Big Idea” award.

If you would like to schedule a performance of the Temple Guard Drill Team for your upcoming community event or have a youth who would like to join, contact Mike Smith, Director of Youth Programs, at




Making Hope Real

YWCA York’s Quantum Opportunity Program (QOP) is a free after school program open to all students in grades 8-12, receiving free or reduced lunch, living in the City of York. QOP provides one-on-one and group mentoring and focuses on three areas: academic achievement, community service and personal growth.

QOP empowers students to take a “quantum leap” towards the future through the development of life skills and youth leadership training.

Emphasis is placed on college preparation. Our QOP Director assists students and their families with applications for admissions and financial aid. Students have opportunities to earn money for continuing education. 100% of QOP graduates attend college or enlist in the military.

QOP meets at Trinity Church, 32 West Market Street, York, Monday through Thursday from 3:30-6:00PM. Students participate in community service, regional college tours and other trips that may include some weekends.

Click here to donate to the QOP Program. A $3,000 donation supports a student for one year.

Instilling Community Pride

The Neighborhood Youth Ambassadors program (NYA) has a dual goal of making York neighborhoods clean and welcoming while employing youth from York City with paid employment positions; teaching work ethic, pride in community and fiscal management. The program will also strive to highlight the beauty of the City of York while inspiring residents and instilling pride in our communities.

Working 36 weeks a year, these youth crews will have uniforms, supplies, and transportation. To learn more about NYA or for funding opportunities, contact Mike Smith at Click here to donate to NYA.

NYA Community Clean-Up Dates:

Coming Soon

Request NYA In Your Neighborhood:

Click here to request NYA in your neighborhood.


YWCA York Transitions Girls on the Run of York
to Girls on the Run Capital Area

(YORK, PA) Feb. 5 — Girls on the Run® inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident. “We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.”

Last year, YWCA York and Girls on the Run Capital Area began working together to ensure access and opportunity for even more girls to participate in the Girls on the Run (GOTR) evidence-based programs throughout York County. “Together, we concluded that to best serve the girls in York County, all programs will transition from YWCA York to Girls on the Run Capital Area,” reports Jean Treuthart, YWCA York CEO.

Previously operated as an affiliate of Girls on the Run International, programs were administered through the YWCA York. Girls on the Run Capital Area is an independent council of Girls on the Run International, and with a singular focus, will be able to build on the foundation in York County and expand the number of sites and girls participating. YWCA York will continue to be a valued community partner.

GOTR Capital Area currently operates in six other counties and typically has 2,000 girls in the program each year.

This transition will begin for the spring 2021 season and includes the GOTR program for girls in 3rd through 5th grades, the middle school Heart & Sole program for girls in 6th through 8th grades, in addition to the summer Camp GOTR program.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Check for York County school locations for spring: Click here. A number of schools are not allowing after-school programs this school year due to COVID-19 concerns. Inquiries about the program may be directed to and more information is found on Facebook

“We are excited to bring these critical programs to even more girls in York County this spring” says Gillian Byerly, GOTR Capital Area Executive Director. “It’s increasingly important for girls to have a place to focus on their mental, physical and emotional wellbeing in the wake of an extended period of social isolation and disruption to their daily lives and activities.”

The challenges of COVID-19, interruptions to school, and the cancellation of sports and after-school programs forced Girls on the Run to adjust how the evidence-based programs are offered locally. GOTR has adapted programming to ensure that girls can meet in a safe, inclusive space, connect with trained adult role models and receive the social support of their peers to process complex emotions, while remaining physically active.






48 Years of Competitive Sychronized Swimming

Our York Synchro Team has competed at the local, regional, and national levels.  We have placed swimmers in the top eight in the Regional Age Group Championships and the Junior Olympics. Many of our swimmers have competed at the collegiate level and have placed nationally. Several swimmers have returned to our team and others across the nation to continue their love and dedication to the sport as coaches and judges.

The synchronized swimming season runs from September through June and typically practice is twice a week. Each October the York Synchro Team presents a water show for the community.

If you would like more information, please call 717-845-2631.