House of Teens

Many high school girls call YWCA New Britain's House of Teens their “home away from home.” At the House of Teens, we offer teens a comfortable, safe, and positive place to call their own.  It is an afterschool program designed for high school girls ages 13 to 19 that offers teens a variety of activities focused on enhancing healthy lifestyles.  The program is dedicated to helping teen girls accomplish their personal goals and gain the confidence and independence they need to be future leaders. For the 2020-21 school year, cohorts will be limited to 15 teens.


  • Fun teen-choice activities

  • Access to the fitness facility, individual workout plans, group exercise classes, self-care activities, and more

  • Ability to recover health or physical education credits or work toward volunteer hours

  • Mentorship opportunities

  • Complete your capstone project by helping with advocacy projects about issues important to teens (PhotoVoice)

  • Teen talks, team building, cooking, and stress management

  • Bus transportation from East Side Community Center to home

To get started with the House of Teens, download a membership application below. For more information on the program, contact Joanna Figueroa at 860-505-7495 or




Meet Chantel

If there is anything we know about Chantel Blake, it’s that when she sets her mind to something, she won’t stop until she gets it done.

Chantel was first introduced to YWCA New Britain through our STRIVE afterschool program for middle school girls.  When she headed off to high school, she looked for something to do or a place to go after school.  She didn’t find many options for teens in New Britain, so she decided to take matters into her own hands.  Read more.

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