Program Information

Free YMCA Horizon Afterschool Program

Enrich and empower middle school youth through school-sponsored clubs, Y club activities, study hall, tutoring, social/emotional learning activities, and community classes. Horizon is funded through community and federal grants, making it free to families. 

Creating Brighter Futures
Horizon provides a safe environment for middle school students outside of the traditional academic day. The program is designed to engage students in enrichment experiences and improve academic achievement while building leadership skills and confidence by empowering youth.

Horizon partners with many community organizations to provide fun and engaging activities.  Students in Horizon get to cook in the FEAST club, enjoy the portable planetarium with the Asheville Museum of Science, or learn African Drumming or Circus with Leaf in Schools and Streets and perform at the LEAF festival in May.  Horizon also support school clubs led by teachers and facilitates clubs like Art, Sports, Photography, Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse and Creative Writing.

There’s something for everyone at the YMCA Horizon program.

To find out more and enroll your student:

Enroll online and view the parent handbook at:


Contact or visit the YMCA Business Office at:

40 North Merrimon Avenue, Suite 309, Asheville, NC 28804 -  (P) 828-210-2273


Contact the Site Director at your student’s school: or call 828-768-2137.