Early teen years are a critical time in a young person’s life when exposure to risk factors greatly increases. Young teens are spending more time without the direct supervision of adults. Many young teens begin to distance themselves from family and positive support systems. Increased exposure to unsafe influences and conditions increase the likelihood for unhealthy behaviors including substance abuse, delinquency, teen pregnancy, school drop-out and violence.
The Sanford-Springvale YMCA is offering all youths age 13 a free membership to support an active and healthy lifestyle. Youth members will have access to the wellness center, the pool during open swim, certain group fitness classes and three fitness orientations.