House of Teens

Many high school students 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 female identifying and non-binary youth ages 13 to 19 that offers teens a variety of activities focused on enhancing healthy lifestyles.  The program is dedicated to helping teens accomplish their personal goals and gain the confidence and independence they need to be future leaders. 


  • FREE in-person and virtual programming

  • 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:

Youth Development Director, Olga Fritho,; Assistant Director, Demesis Negron, or call 860-505-7495.




Procedures & Protocols

The YWCA House of Teens is OPEN! We are taking a series of precautions to protect our members and staff from COVID-19. Read more about the precautions YWCA New Britain has implemented to keep you healthy and safe in EnglishSpanish, or Arabic.


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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