If you are in need of financial assistance for membership, please download and complete the membership assistance application and submit it to any Y Center, either in person or click your desired center below to send via email.

Preschool, Camp, Before & After School Enrichment

If you are in need of financial assistance for preschool, camp or before & after school enrichment, please download and complete the financial assistance application and submit it to the Y using one of the following options:

  • Mail: The Y in Central Maryland 303 W. Chesapeake Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21204
  • Fax: 410-779-9426
  • Email:
  • In Person: Any Y Center

In most cases, we do accept Child Care Subsidy (CCS) Program vouchers for camp, preschool and before & after school enrichment. An award, denial, waitlist or receipt of application from CCS must be submitted along with the Y financial assistance application. Including CCS, additional discounts and promotions do not apply in conjunction with financial assistance.

If you have questions regarding the application or would like to check on the status of your application, please call our Customer Service Office at 443-322-8000.

As a cause-driven, charitable organization, we value the practice of inclusion for all regardless of race, religion, gender, age or economic circumstance. Our mission compels us to find ways to remove income as a barrier and provide children and families in need with quality, enriching Y programs that encourage positive growth and development in youth, promote a healthy lifestyle and advocate community building and social responsibility at all levels.

That’s why we work hard to raise funds through our Give Every Child A Chance Annual Campaign so that we may be able to provide financial assistance for those families who can't otherwise afford a Y experience.

Throughout of our Health and Wellness, Preschools, Head Start, Before & After School Enrichment, Swim and Sport programs, we offer asset-building programs and strategies that engage thousands of youth in a spectrum of activities that promote academic success, foster connections with family and community, and encourage healthy development and activity. These programs are based on the Search Institute’s model of developmental assets.

As defined by the Search Institute, developmental assets are the positive experiences young people need to succeed and thrive. The more assets youth have, the more likely they are to have positive attitudes towards school, healthy lifestyles and leadership potential. Our goal is to provide quality programming that intentionally increases and enriches the developmental assets present in children and youth’s lives with a strong emphasis on reinforcing the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility, and promoting healthier, more active lifestyles. Through strong community partnerships, we are able to reach these youth and positively influence their lives.

For more information on how you or your organization can get involved with our programs for at-risk youth and families, please contact Derryck Fletcher at 443-322-8082.

Y Boost (Baltimore Out-of-School Time) Achievers & 21st Century Community Learning Centers

Located in some of the city’s most challenged neighborhoods, these after-school programs are attended by more than 1,000 students in elementary, middle and high schools. Academics focused on reading, writing and math, are taught by certified teachers. The Y works with multiple collaborators to provide the enrichment component of the program such as art instruction, dance, sports, and homework help.

College Gardens

This after-school and summer program for elementary, middle and high school youth is located in the College Gardens community. Youth receive academic and homework support, participate in enrichment clubs and field trips, interact with community leaders and enjoy family time at specially organized parent nights. The program collaborates with UMBC’s Shriver Center which provides service opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to make an impact in the lives of young people.

The Y operates several Community Schools throughout Baltimore City Public Schools. Y staff work with a Coordinating Council to identify assets and needs in local communities and work to bring resources to the schools. Community Schools help provide students and their families with basic needs such as food, shelter and security. Without these resources, many children would be less prepared to take on the challenges of the mind and fulfill their potential.

Watch the video for a deeper understanding.

New Horizons

Among the many excellent camp programs the Y runs is New Horizons for homeless middle and high school students. The program is designed to help prevent summer learning loss, increase graduation rates, equip youth with tools to obtain employment, improve self-esteem, and build character. Youth enrolled in this program get 8-weeks of productive summer engagement. They spend their mornings receiving academic support and developing skills, like how to apply for college, how to look for a job, how to prepare for interviews, and other work force development skills. In the afternoons they receive real-world job placements and a stipend. The Y also helps make sure they have the basics for the job like soap, toothpaste and clean clothes so they can arrive at work feeling confident and cared for. Watch the video for a deeper understanding.

Super Kids Camp

In partnership with the Parks and People Foundation, the Y participates in Baltimore’s Super Kids Camp – a summer reading and literacy enrichment program . This unique city-wide program seeks to work with primary grade children who are behind in reading skills. Mornings are spent in small group reading instruction and afternoons are designed to extend literacy experiences through enrichment.

The Y provides physical education, swim and art programs for children who are enrolled in a structured homeschool program. These classes provide necessary requirements to fulfill homeschool curriculum. Please note: swim programs will advance as children progress in skills.

  • Homeschool Gym & Swim - Children will participate in basic concepts and skills for sports, as well as enjoy free time in the pool.
  • Homeschool PE - Youth and teens will learn the basic concepts and skills for games such as soccer, basketball, volleyball, kickball and many more activities. Some teen classes will also incorporate fitness components. 
  • Homeschool Swim - Certified swim instructors will assess each student’s skill level and design classes to reinforce water safety and help develop individual swimming ability.
  • Homeschool Art - Participants will complete a variety of art projects during the session.

A Better World and Stronger Y through Reuse

Clothing and household goods are one of the largest polluters in the world. Through a special partnership with Savers, a global thrift retailer whose business helps more than 120 non-profit organizations, your donations of gently used clothing and household items are recycled or given a second chance, while at the same time raising funds to support the Y's charitable mission.

Donations given to Community Donation Centers in Parkville and Owings Mills result in funds raised to support children and families in our Y communities who can't otherwise afford to participate in Y programs.

The following Community Donation Centers accept donations on behalf of the Y:

Savers Community Donation Center in Parkville 1925 E Joppa Rd, Towson, MD 410-663-7481

Savers Community Donation Center in Owings Mills 9800 Reisterstown Rd, Owings Mills, MD 410-581-6802

Did You Know...

  • The average person throws away 81 pounds of clothing per year.
  • It takes over 700 gallons of water to make one new cotton t-shirt.
  • 95% of the clothes people throw away could be recycled.

As an organization that focuses on social responsibility, we encourage everyone to recycle and reuse using any means that are readily available. As a charitable organization, we ask that you consider donating to the Community Donation Centers list above to support our mission to remove income as a barrier so that all who wish to, can participate in Y programs.

There are three easy ways you can donate goods to support the Y's charitable mission:

DONATION DROP-OFF: As you're out and about, swing by one of the designated Savers Community Donation Centers in Parkville or Owings Mills and drop off your donated clothing and/or household items.

  • Savers Donation Center in Parkville: 1925 E Joppa Rd, Towson, MD
  • Savers Donation Center in Owings Mills: 9800 Reisterstown Rd, Owings Mills, MD

SCHEDULE A DONATION PICK-UP: Savers will come to you! Schedule a home pick-up of donated clothing and/or household items and a Savers truck will come to your home to get them. You may schedule a home pick-up here,

Y FUNDRIVES: Rally the troops and get friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers involved! Periodically, the Y will hold Clothing FUNdrives to collect gently used, unwanted clothing and household items at our Y Centers. These are great opportunities to clean out your closet and help those in need. The more bags donated, the more funds we raise to support children and families who can't otherwise afford Y programs.

For questions or more information about donation drop-offs or scheduling a pick-up, please contact Savers at 1-844-700-2227 or email

The items below are acceptable for drop-off or home pick-up donations.

  • Clothing and shoes: men, women, kids, infants
  • Housewares: clocks, rugs, lamps
  • Small appliances: irons, microwaves, sewing machines, vacuum cleaners
  • Accessories hats, mittens, scarves, ties, socks, purses, wallets, backpacks, bags
  • Bed and bath items:: towels, sheets, blankets, pillows
  • Media: DVDs, CDs, software, books
  • Small furniture: chairs, desks, coffee/end tables, night stands, patio furniture

If you are unsure if an item you want to donate is acceptable, please check with the Community Donation Center you intend to donate to:

Savers Community Donation Center in Parkville 1925 E Joppa Rd, Towson, MD 410-663-7481

Savers Community Donation Center in Owings Mills 9800 Reisterstown Rd, Owings Mills, MD 410-581-6802