The Alfond Youth & Community Center’s Teen Programs support fitness & wellness, youth leadership opportunities, academic support, and career exploration in environments that are safe and accessible for all.
We understand the barriers that prevent teenaged youth from accessing much-needed supports & social spaces. For this reason, many of our Teen Programs are 100% free, and do not require a membership in order to attend.
Programs are offered in Kennebec, Somerset, Franklin, Lincoln, Oxford, and Knox counties. Check out the program offerings below for more information!
FORQS!: Folks Organizing Reform for Queer Spaces
Tuesdays 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Folks Organizing Reform for Queer Spaces is a community group dedicated to social, recreational, and leadership experiences for LGBTQ+ youth and allies in our area. Any high school or college student is welcome to attend, and new members are always welcome – no membership is required! FORQS organizes community events, trainings & workshops, and more. Virtual meeting links are also available by request.
Teen Strength & Conditioning Club
Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:45 - 4:15pm
Teen Strength & Conditioning Club (TSCC) is a hybrid educational and physical program, dedicated to empowering teens to take the reins on their own fitness journey. Each meeting consists of an initial lesson in Exercise Science, a one-hour strength and conditioning session, and then wraps up with a debrief and stretch session. Whether it be for recreation or sports-specific performance, TSCC has something for you.
Participants must register at the Welcome Center in order to participate, and must have a Teen or Family Membership.
Afterschool Game Club
Wednesdays & Fridays 2:30pm - 5:00pm
The AYCC Teen Programs host Game Club on Wednesdays & Fridays! Supplies for Magic: the Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, Warhammer, and more are available – along with traditional board games! This program is free for any community member 13-18 years old and does not require registration to participate.
Maine Career Exploration Badge
The Maine Career Exploration Badge provides students with a unique 40-hour volunteer experience that connects them with career professionals in a wide range of occupations. This experience allows for high school students to learn the ins and outs of jobs they are interested in. Beyond that – students that complete the program receive a stipend of $500.
Contact your school’s JMG Specialist for more information!
A career fair with special focus on hiring opportunities for teens!
Teen Programs & JMG organize this community event for high school students to explore careers, colleges, and other potential paths for after graduation.
2023 will be our second time running this event, and we are very excited to bring together more students and employers than last year!
Maine Queer Convention / Maine Queer Youth Summit
FORQS! organizes this community education and advocacy event for LGBTQ+ youth, community members, families, and allies to come together, share best practices and grow awareness and support for the community.
This event will return during the 2023-24 academic year for its third iteration! Stay tuned for more information!
Teen Program Foundation
Improving Outcomes for Youth (IOY) Programs
IOY Programs are free to participants.
IOY promotes health, safety, resilience, and opportunities for Mainers, ages 14-24, to be healthy and connected to the workforce and/or education. IOY promotes self-sufficiency to youth and their family; delivering services intended to prevent and/or reduce unintended pregnancy and increasing prevention services and programming in schools to ensure access to needed behavioral health services, like substance misuse disorder screenings and treatment.
We serve teens in Region 2, which includes Franklin, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, and Somerset Counties
The IOY Program, conducted by Maine Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs, is comprised of curricula, services, and activities in:
- Healthy Lifestyles.
- Academic Success.
- Good Character and Citizenship.
IOY Programs offered include:
- Career Launch explores possible vocations, make sound educational decisions, and find success in the work world.
- Project Learn reinforces teens’ academic enrichment and school engagement during time spent at the Club through academic support and incentives, including:
- High-yield learning activities
- Daily homework help/tutoring
- School collaborations
- Parental involvement
- Incentives for academic effort/achievement.
- Power Hour provides Club staff strategies, activities, and resources to create an engaging homework help and tutoring program that encourages teens to become self-directed learners.
- Triple Play strives to improve the overall health of teens by increasing daily physical activity, teaching good nutrition, and helping develop healthy relationships. Includes fitness activities, recreation, coaching, and team sports.
To learn about IOY and other programs offered by Maine Alliance Boys and Girls Clubs, call:
- Boys and & Girls Clubs of Greater Waterville 207-873-0684 Franklin, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, and Somerset
- Boys and Girls Club of Southern Maine 207 874-1069 Androscoggin
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Kennebec Valley 207-582-8458 Kennebec and Sagadahoc