We believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for life. Every year, the YMCA involves numerous children and teens in programs and activities that provide them with meaningful experiences. Because of the Y, more young people in neighborhoods around the nation are taking a greater interest in learning and making smarter life choices; exploring their unique talents and interests; and realizing their full potential.



The YMCA offers a full YMCA of the USA lifeguard training course that includes CPR and First Aid.

Participants must be 16 years old by the end of the class. Attendance, full participation and successful completion or written tests and performance of all water skills are required. 

Homeschool P.E.

The Y's Homeschool P.E. program focuses on class participation, developing health habits, making new friends and enjoying new forms of exercise and games!


Grow. Explore. Discover.

The Downtown YMCA Preschool is a Three-Star Preschool, meeting the needs of working parents by providing affordable tuition for exemplary care in the Downtown area. 

Teen/Youth Programs

Teenage years are some of the most memorable years of an individual's life. The YMCA wants to be a part of those years in a teens life and help create memories. The YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga offers a variety of programs for teens including: 

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Increase energy, decrease stress, prevent illness, maintain a healthy weight, find personal balance, and enjoy quality time with family and friends... at the Y! We combine spirit, mind, and body in an integrated approach to well-being that goes beyond just fitness.

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Our Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. 

Our Mission to Inclusion: At the YMCA, we strongly believe we should all work together toward achieving a member environment that is welcoming for individuals, regardless of age, religion, abilities, gender or socioeconomic status. To achieve our mission of empowering all people to reach their full potential, the Y is committed to providing an environment that embodies our core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.