The YMCA offers afterschool and summer programs at no cost for students grades 5-8 in the Buncombe County Schools. Both programs are free of charge thanks grant funding from the 21st Century federal grant, United Way grants, YMCA Annual Campaign funds, and other community grants.
Horizons provides a safe and challenging environment for middle school students at the end of the school day. The program engages students in hands-on activities that promote health, wellness, academic growth, leadership skills and confidence. Participants get healthy snacks and homework help, and participate in activities facilitated by Y staff, community partners and volunteers.
Horizons partners with many community organizations to provide fun and engaging activities for middle schoolers. Youth in Horizons get to cook with FEAST or Bounty and Soul, enjoy STEM activities with the Asheville Museum of Science, participate in Bike Club with Adventure Kids WNC, and perform in the LEAF Festival with LEAF in Schools and Streets. Other group activities include sports, art, surviving the zombie apocalypse, and more. There’s something for everyone in the Horizons program.
Horizons Dates of Operation
Monday-Thursday until 6:30 p.m.
Horizons serves Enka Middle, Enka Intermediate, Reynolds Middle, North Buncombe Middle, Erwin Middle, Owen Middle, Valley Springs Middle, and Cane Creek Middle. Horizons is located on site at most schools.
How to Enroll
Pick up an enrollment form in any school office where programs are located, fill it out, and turn it in to the school office. You can also download an enrollment form below, fill it out, and email it to the Y.
Camp Horizons is a summer day camp for middle schoolers in Buncombe County. Camp Horizons operates six weeks during the summer, including five weeks of day camp and three days and two nights at YMCA Camp Watia for the last week of camp.
The camp serves breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack and provides hands-on engaging activities such as robotics, escape rooms, bike club, chess club, swimming, sports, hiking, archery, and more. Camp Horizons is grant funded and free to families. Students enrolled in Y Horizons during the school year get the first spots.
Dates of Operation
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
A.C. Reynolds Middle School
(shuttle buses available from other school locations)
For more information, please email the Y.