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A safe, interactive space for middle and high school age students to discover new interests, collaborate with one another and prepare for the future. 


Located at the Town Center at Boca Raton, THE LAB provides opportunities for youth to realize who they are and what they are capable of achieving, while making friends and memories along their journey. Programs engage middle and high school age students in fostering a culture of service, provide opportunities to set goals and learn how to share their voice, while being supported by caring adult mentors.

Offering year-round leadership development programming for local youth ages 12 to 17, THE LAB focuses on preparing them to succeed and serve through civic engagement, college and career readiness, and workforce development. Teen programs such as Youth and Government and Leaders Club, provide mentoring, college preparation, and an opportunity to pursue a positive future while taking an active role in strengthening community.

Participant ages

Middle school age - 6th grade to 8th grade 


THE LAB picks up from select school locations (see below) Monday through Friday. If your child does not attend one of these schools and you're interested in Y after school care, please email James Rodriguez.

  • Verde, Addison Mizner, A.D. Henderson, and Omni Middle 

Members: $110 per month, Non Members: $220 per month


2:30pm - 6:30pm

What We Provide
  • Homework help
  • Extra-Curricular Activities (3D Printing, Film & Digital Arts, Yoga, Robotics, and more!)
  • STEM Programs
  • Connecting with & making new friends

Please email James Rodriguez a completed Registration Form to secure your teen's spot!

THE LAB also provides training and volunteer opportunities that support local community programs and services. 



Teen gaming

YMCA Film Academy

Teen film

The Lounge

Teen lounge

The Board Room

Board Room Teen


Teen makers space

The Studio


The Cafe

Teen The Lab

THE LAB: YMCA Leadership Academy
Follow us on Instagram @TheLabYMCA

Town Center at Boca Raton
6000 Glades Rd, Suite 1370 A
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Monday - Friday: 3pm - 8pm
Saturday: 12pm - 6pm
Sunday: CLOSED

For more information, or if you are interested in being a mentor or sharing your skills/talents, please contact Director of Teen Programming, James Rodriguez, 561-300-3204. 
For information on how to become a Sponsor/ Partner or for naming opportunities, please contact Kimberley Trombly-BurmeisterDirector of Development, 561-300-3238.