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, plus the Creative York Big Idea award in 2017.

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 William Penn High School Monday through Thursday from 3:30-6:00PM. Students participate in community service, regional college tours and other trips that may include some weekends.


Welcome to YWCA York’s Girls on the Run York, a life-changing, non-profit program for girls in grades 3rd through 8th offered through YWCA York.

Our mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. The 24-lesson Girls on the Run curriculum combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) running event with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills, and make healthy decisions. All of this is accomplished through an active collaboration with girls and their parents, schools, volunteers, staff, and the community.

For more information on Girls on the Run of York and how to get involved, click here.

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.