YMCA Afterschool Horizon Program

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 with Leaf in Schools and Streets and perform at the LEAF festival in May.  Horizon also supports school clubs led by teachers and facilitates clubs like Art, Sports, and Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse.

There’s something for everyone at the Horizons.


2:45-4:00 – Clubs

4:00-4:30 – Snack

4:30-5:30 – Study Hall/Homework Help with Tutors

5:30-6:30 – Structured free time; Parent pick-up


To find out more and to enroll your student, please use the links below.


Enrollment Form

Contact or visit the YMCA Business Office at:

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

 Contact for Spanish speakers: Ann Gillon at 828-210-9645agillon@ymcawnc.org

Contact Katie Davio, the Site Director at Valley Springs:

valleysprings21@ymcawnc.org or call 828-337-3431