The 6th Grade Initiative


The 2014-2015 school year will see many changes implemented for the Y’s 6th grade initiative program. The initiative will no longer be a “free membership” to the Y. It will be a program offered free of charge to all our members in middle school. The participating child will need to have a youth, teen or family membership with us and be enrolled by a parent into the program. For those needing financial assistance for membership, please apply through the Y’s Membership for All program. We attempt never to deny access based on an inability to pay the full membership fee. More information on the structure of the new 6th grade initiative program will be made available this summer.


Research shows that 6th grade is a critical time in a young person’s life when exposures to risk factors greatly increase. One of the greatest transitions in kids’ lives is the one they make from elementary to middle school. It’s a high-anxiety time. They’re falling into different school groups and attempting to find their way on unfamiliar ground. Being a member of the Y during this critical year can ease the stress of that transition and improve the chances of making healthy, wise decisions.

The Keene Family YMCA has a 125 year history of building strong kids through programs that engage, educate and foster positive self-esteem and critical core values that kids need to become healthy, productive adults. Through this positive, proactive and strength based approach, the Y aims to buffer young people from the effects of risk exposure by providing them with opportunities to be involved in, and contribute to, their community, their school, and their peer group in meaningful ways.


2013-2014 School Year Membership Policies 


  • 6th grade initiative members are required to be actively engaged in a supervised program or activity while at the Y.  Activities will be offered each day after school from 3:00-5:00.  Loitering is not permitted.
  • 6th grade members are permitted in the YMCA during operating hours throughout the 2013-2014 school year provided they are accompanied by an adult member or adult guest. The program ends in June of 2014.


  • Wear comfortable clothing, socks and sneakers. Appropriate footwear and attire is required for use of the basketball gym, gymnastics areas, and wellness equipment. Remember building usage policies apply, see the Membership Handbook at for restrictions.
  • Bring a lock to secure belongings in the locker room. Locks must be removed on a daily basis. The Y is not responsible for lost, stolen or broken items. The Y will not hold backpacks or personal belongings. They must be locked up by the member.
  • Bring a water bottle to re-hydrate. Water is also available in fountains throughout the building.


  • Sixth grade members are not permitted to bring in other non-member youth guests.
  • Guest passes are available for $5 for youth and $10 for adults, per visit, but guests under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older.
  • Sixth grade membership applies to the student only and does not extend to family or parents. Family may purchase guest passes to use the facility.
  • The YMCA reserves the right to limit the number of guests without notice.


Member safety is the Y’s top priority. All YMCA classes and swim lessons are taught by adult staff age 18 and over. All YMCA staff are background checked prior to being hired. Program staff is CPR and first aid certified. Aquatic staff is lifeguard, CPR and first aid certified.


YMCA staff strives to create a positive atmosphere with an emphasis on our four core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Our youth and teen activities are designed to be fun, with active inclusion of all members. Proper participation and conduct is expected. Membership can be suspended or terminated if staff deems that members are behaving in a way that is contrary to the YMCA character values.

For additional information please contact Andrea Smart, Membership Director at or 603.283.5250