Children's and teens' future success is fostered by caring adults who make them feel loved, competent, happy and healthy today. That’s why Y staff and volunteers are also mentors and role models, sharing a part of this very important—but very inspiring—responsibility in helping youth realize who they are and what they are capable of achieving.

The Y is closing the academic achievement gap with programs that improve students’ educational readiness, engagement, and outcomes, while helping them grow emotionally and physically.

Horizons: 21st Century Community Learning Centers

The 21st Century initiative is the only federal funding source dedicated exclusively to afterschool programs. The No Child Left Behind Act reauthorized 21st CCLC in 2002, transferring the administration of the grants from the U.S. Department of Education to state education agencies. Each state receives funds based on its share of Title I funding for low-income students.


Afterschool Programs

Grants support afterschool programs that provide the following services to students attending high-poverty, low-performing schools:

  • Tutoring & homework help
  • Improved math & literacy skills
  • A variety of activities with student input and student choice in areas of recreation, arts, service, and technology
  • Development through enrichment opportunities, such as
    • fitness, nutrition, and wellness activities 
    • youth mentoring
    • recreational activities
    • community service
    • character and leadership skill-building
    • Social Emotional Learning (SEL) activities
    • diversity education
  • Challenging field trips to locations including local colleges and universities, parks, and YMCA facilities
  • Encouraged parent involvement and support

Horizons operates Oct.-May, Mon.-Thu, school dismissal until 6:30 p.m. 

You can 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 above, fill it out and email it to


Horizons: 21st Century Community Learning Centers are available in all Buncombe County middle schools.


Y Camp Quest

Y Camp Quest is a summer day camp for middle school age youth in Buncombe County focused on preventing summer learning loss.

Summer FAQ

  • Funded through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers federal grant and the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, the summer camp is no cost to families
  • Breakfast and lunch provided
  • Development through enrichment opportunities, such as
    • nutrition and healthy food classes with the YMCA Nutrition department
    • environmental education
    • career exploration
    • community leadership groups
    • independent living skills
    • Social Emotional Learning (SEL) groups
    • culture and diversity
    • sports and wellness
  • Weekly field trips
  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) and ELA (English Language Arts) activities daily
  • Camp held Tuesdays-Thursdays for six weeks over the summer

Download the Y Camp Quest Enrollment Form


For more information, please email Angel Chandler.