After School Program
Every day the Youth Center provides area kids with a safe, well-supervised place to do homework, play games, explore art activities, or simply hang out with friends. Staff and volunteers, including Williams College students, are on hand daily to mentor younger people as they work on athletic, study, and social skills. The after-school program is open to children grades 1-8. Learn more here.
Before School Program
The WYC operates a before school program from 7–8:30am each weekday. Kids join us for a light breakfast (cereal and fruit), games, homework help, and more before walking over to the elementary school.
+ Grades k-8 welcome.
+ Cost of the program is $10 per child per day.
The Youth Center opens its door from 8am-5:30pm on snow days, all-day school staff development days, and school vacations, including an eight-week summer camp.
Vacation camp days include a daily variety of indoor and outdoor play, athletics, and art activities. Our summer camp features weekly trips to area swimming spots as well as longer field trips to regional attractions.
All-day programs are supervised by Youth Center staff as well as our core of college student workers and volunteers, with additional support provided by local secondary school counselors and volunteers. Grades 1-8 welcome.
The Youth Center’s arts programming fosters creative growth through innovative instruction in dedicated spaces. In addition to daily, on-site visual art instruction, we offer dance classes and space for young musicians, writers, dramatists, and others to share their work and develop skills in a supportive and constructive environment.
Learn more about our creative movement and youth ballet classes, happening during the school year.
Family Open Art Studio is a new program this year, taking place in the WYC’s large and fully stocked art room. Make use of serve-yourself art supplies, weekly themes and projects, and guidance from art educator Beth Davis. Currently, the studios are open on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 5:30 to 8pm. A $5 donation appreciated and all are welcome.
The Williamstown Youth Center is committed to creating an enjoyable and supportive setting where kids can develop skills as well as a love for sports. We offer a variety of team and individual sports programs for kids from kindergarten through grade 8. Team sports include soccer and volleyball in the fall, basketball in the winter, and lacrosse in the spring. Individual sports include outing club and swimming in the fall and spring, track and field (popularly known as “Little Kids Track”) in the spring, and skiing and skating in the winter. We partner with local institutions, including Jiminy Peak Resort and the Williams College Athletic Department, to provide instruction in individual sports and to use their facilities. All of our sports offerings are consistent with our sports philosophy statement.
From time to time the Youth Center hosts programs for adults, including painting, movement, and yoga classes designed specifically for adults.
Yoga with Mary Egerton
Instructor Mary Edgerton leads two classes at the WYC this year.
Vinyasa Flow Yoga: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30am to 9:30am
Gentle Yoga + Barre: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 11am
Learn more at nightskyyoga.com.
Please email Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in teaching a class.
Scholarships: The Youth Center is committed to making our programs and services available to all area families. For this reason, we provide need-based scholarships so that any child can afford to participate. Please contact Michael Williams at email@example.com to apply.