Los Angeles County YMCAs offering free summer memberships to teens

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All 26 YMCAs along with the city of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County and the Los Angeles Unified School District have teamed up to offer teens a host of opportunities this summer. (KABC)

Plenty of parents would love their teenagers to put down the phone, computer or game and get active. This summer the YMCA is helping with that.

"We are opening our doors to teens in the months of June and July, ages 12 to 17. Teens can come to our facility completely free," said Megan Tisler, spokesperson for the YMCA.

Tilser said all 26 branches of the L.A. Y are involved.

To kick off the initiative, there will be "Healthy Kids Day" on Saturday. Although teens can enroll at a later day if they miss the event.

But heads up, teens must be accompanied with an authorized guardian and have a photo ID. Then it's on to the fun: gymnastics, kayaking, Zumba, loads of water sports and a few of the activities to look forward to.

The Y anticipates 5,000 teens will take part in the fun.

Along with free teen membership, the LAUSD is contributing free meals and there's also an opportunity for part-time employment - age specific of course.

"We've also partnered with both the county and the city to provide part-time opportunities to our teens and young adults," Tisler said.

Families with younger children are also invited to take part in Y programming as well.

Although membership won't be complimentary, it is economical when comparing many offerings.

Tisler said don't forget about the three sleep-away camps that are stretched across Los Angeles County that offer kids a week of horseback riding, archery, hiking and more.
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