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Teen Programs

 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!

The Team


Avery Ryan


Teen Programs Coordinator

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Victor Esposito Jr.


JMG Master Specialist


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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.

Please contact Avery at for more information!

Lifting Club

Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:30 - 4:00pm

Participants in our Lifting Club are guided through workouts designed to fit their level of experience, age, and personal goals. This program is great for beginning lifters, off-season athletes, and teenaged youth who are looking to grow their strength or performance.

Participants must register at the Welcome Center in order to participate, and must be a Community Member.

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.

Please contact Avery at with any questions! Download Flyer

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.

Looking to hear more? Contact Victor at for more information!


Career Fair

Fall 2023

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!

Interested in tabling or attending? Contact Victor at!

Summer Job Fair

Spring 2024

Teen Programs & JMG organize this job fair to connect high school students with employers in their area who want to hire students for seasonal work and beyond. This event began in 2022, and is looking to run for its third time next Spring!

Interested in tabling or attending? Contact Victor at!

Maine Queer Convention / Maine Queer Youth Summit

Date TBD

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!

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Improving Outcomes for Youth (IOY) Programs

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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: 1) Healthy Lifestyles, 2) Academic Success, and 3) 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: 1) high-yield learning activities 2) daily homework help/tutoring; 3) school collaborations; 4) parental involvement and 5) 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

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