7th Grade Initiative

An estimated 112,000 7th graders live within three miles of a New Jersey YMCA. 

The 7th Grade Initiative offers complimentary YMCA membership to 7th graders at participating YMCAs.  The initiative was conceived and implemented by the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance in late 2008 to support and encourage teens to maintain and/or adopt healthy lifestyles at an age when they are beginning to make their own choice regarding health and wellness. 

The program model supports increased physical activity, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and connection to the YMCA as a lifelong resource for healthy living.  Participating Ys are below:

Community YMCA

Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA

YMCA of Eastern Union County

Hunterdon County YMCA

Metro YMCA of the Oranges

Ocean County YMCA

Raritan Bay Area YMCA

Somerset Hills YMCA

Somerville Family YMCA

South Brunswick Family YMCA

Summit Area YMCA

Westfield Area YMCA

YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties

YMCA of Fanwood-Scotch Plains

YMCA of Greater Bergen County

YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy

YMCA of Montclair


In its first year, 7th-grade initiative survey highlights indicated the following:  youth were “very happy” (64%); and “something happened to make them pay more attention to fitness and healthy eating” (59%).  Contact us for corporate sponsorship opportunities or to learn more.

Save the Date: 7th Grade Initiative Program 

Friday, October 5, 2018 10am to 4pm

Delaware Valley University
700 E Butler Ave.
Doylestown, PA 18901

Click here to see the flyer.

Click here to register.