Middle School Programs

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.

Y Horizons

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 (Buncombe and McDowell)
2-6 p.m.
October-June 1


Horizons serves Enka Intermediate, Erwin Middle, McDowell (located at the Corpening Memorial YMCA) Owen Middle, and Reynolds Middle. Horizons is located on site at most schools.

Parent Handbook

Coming Soon

How to Enroll

Please complete the online registration by selecting the “Sign Up” button above and choosing your location.

Camp Horizons

2021 - Buncombe County Summer Afterschool

Dates: June 14 - July 23

Time: Monday-Thursday, 3-6 p.m. | Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

*Information regarding full-day Friday's forthcoming to participants.

Location: Valley Springs Middle and Erwin Middle

Contact: Catherine Turner | cturner@ymcawnc.org | 828-210-5053


2021 - McDowell County Summer Afterschool

Dates: June 14 - July 27

Time: 3-6 p.m.

Location: Corpening Memorial YMCA

*Transportation will be provided from the school to the Corpening YMCA

Contact: Adam Seder | aseder@ymcawnc.org | 828-575-2925


For more information, please email the Y.