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YMCA offers free summer memberships for 13- to 17-year-olds

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  May 15, 2013 04:10 PM

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Jeremy C. Fox for Boston.com

The Wang YMCA of Chinatown is one of 13 branches of the Greater Boston YMCA offering free Get Summer memberships for teens.

The YMCA of Greater Boston is encouraging teens to get active this summer, offering free memberships at all 13 branches around the city, it announced Wednesday.

Young people 13 to 17 are eligible for the free access, offered as a part of the Y’s Get Summer program. The program seeks to engage students while school is out through arts, college admission tutoring, community service projects, dances, field trips, leadership programs, literacy, nutrition classes, sports, and other activities.

“The YMCA of Greater Boston is the place for teens to turn to for academic assistance, employment, life skills advancement and healthy fun,” Kevin Washington, chief executive officer of the YMCA of Greater Boston, said in a statement. “It’s our goal to make every teen feel welcome and know that we want them at our branches and we want them to succeed.”

Last year 5,655 teens used the program to get free memberships, the YMCA said. The offer includes branches in Brighton, Charlestown, Chinatown, Dorchester, East Boston, the Fenway, Hyde Park, Needham, Reading, Roxbury, Waltham, West Roxbury, and Woburn.

Teens can enroll at any branch location by bringing their valid state or student identification or having a parent present. A summer membership will give them access to all member privileges, including group exercise classes, workout equipment, pools, teen center activities and special teen programs. The free memberships will extend from June 29 to Sept. 2.

June 28 will be the final school day for 2012 – 2013 in Boston Public Schools. The 2013 – 2014 school year will begin on Sept. 4 for grades 1 – 12 and on Sept. 9 for kindergarten students in Boston Public Schools.

For more information about the Get Summer program, visit ymcaboston.org/teens or on Facebook at facebook.com/ymcabostonteens.

Correction: Due to an error in a statement provided by the YMCA, this article originally stated that free memberships would extend from June 22 to Sept. 7.

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