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We provide a healthy, substance free, supervised environment for teenagers offering programs which develop social skills, personal growth and responsibility in a fun and supportive atmosphere.


HOURS for 2023 (1/3/23-6/23/23):


Grades: 6-8                2:30-5:30 PM

Grades: 9-12              2:30-7:00 PM


NEW SLYC MEMBERS:  Youth must sign our Saranac Lake Youth Center contract (code of conduct, center rules, contact info) upon arrival to the Center for the first time.

Please remember that if the school dismisses early or cancels school due to weather, the Youth Center will be closed as well! Please "like" our Facebook page or  follow us on our Instagram to get notifications on Center closures. 

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Summer Session Events Recap!


Whew!  We have had a BUSY summer!  Here's a recap of what we've been doing at the youth center:

6/25/22 - 15 youth attended the Pride Festival Fundraiser at Romano's Saranac Lanes.

6/26/22 - The 1st Annual Tri-Lakes Pride Festival at Riverside Park was a HUGE success!  The SLYC and Main St. Exchange put on a fashion show showcasing thrifted clothes that were upcycled with themes according to the youth models' interests.  The fashion show was held to bring awareness that slow fashion is COOL and to raise funds for youth clothing needs.  

7/13/22 - Teas & Tie-Dye Party with Nutrition 365!  19 youth participated in the activities of the day!

7/15/22 - Suburban Propane partnered with SLYC to provide hygiene kits and seasonal clothing to MS/HS youth!  This wonderful opportunity for youth to acquire items such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, and more at no cost to the families was brought to SLYC through Suburban Propane's SuburbanCares initiative.  Seven people from Suburban Propane & Adirondack Farms attended the event along with 23 youth, SLYC board members Cassandra Hopkins and Dr. Patricia O'Gorman, Main St. Exchange owner Tori Velasquez, Town of Harrietstown Town Supervisor Jordanna Mallach and Village Trustees Kelly Brunette and Matt Scollin.  THANK YOU SUBURBAN PROPANE!  WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF OUR YOUTH!

Other happenings here:

  • Thanks to the generosity of Tom Hyde and his crew at Hyde Fuel Company as well as our friends at the Saranac Lake Elks Lodge No. 1508 and using proceeds from community donors through the 2021 Farm 2 Fork Festival, WE NOW HAVE AIR CONDITIONING!!  For several years we have been without air conditioning in the youth center and have relied on fans to cool us down, which have barely made a dent in keeping us comfortable during the summer months.  Thank you Hyde Fuel!  You have made a lot of kids (and staff) very happy!

  • We have carrots, tomatoes, oregano, basil, and nasturtiums in our community garden plots!

  • We have completed 2 large puzzles and are working on our 3rd one.

  • We have played a lot of POOL!

  • We have sent 2 MS youth to Eagle Island Camp for a week!  We are so happy to partner with EIC again and give our girls this awesome experience and provide them with lifetime memories.  The girls were told to do three things for us: Use your manners, Make friends, and HAVE FUN!  They reported that all 3 things were accomplished!

  • We partnered with Mountain Melodies camp held at TrestleStreet in Saranac Lake and registered one MS boy.  This young man said it was a really fun camp!  We hope to partner with Mountain Melodies again next year and get more kids signed up!

  • We have been into making designs using perler beads as well as scrapbooking.  There's no shortage of things to do at the Saranac Lake Youth Center!

  • Some of our kids brought Wii Mario Kart in for everyone to enjoy.  The game has provided hours of enjoyment to the youth.

Join Us for the 25th Annual Olga Memorial Footrace!

 If you would like a copy, please contact the Youth Center.  

The 25th Annual Olga Memorial Footrace will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2022 at 9:00AM at Berkeley Green in Saranac Lake (across from the Hotel Saranac)!


We are always looking for people who are willing to share their time and talents with the youth.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact SLYC Director, Aleacia Landon at 518-891-5846.

NOTE: You must have a background check completed prior to working with the youth in our center.


Congratulations Graduates!  We are so proud of your accomplishments and are so excited to see what your future holds for you!  

A few important things I'd like to impart to you as you embark on your next adventure: 

  1. Travel while you have no constraints on your time.

  2. Don't be afraid of failure.  If you fail at something and we all do, try it again or let it motivate you to try a different path.  Fear of failure is the number one thing that holds us back.

  3. If you fail at something, look for other doors opening.  Always walk through life with your eyes wide open so you don't miss opportunities that might be right in front of your face.

  4. Learn to forgive yourself and move on.  We are our own worst critic.  If we fail at something we are usually incredibly hard on ourselves.  Learn to let it go.

  5. Learn to ask for help.  "No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;…"  You are part of a community, a community of your making.  Ask for help when you need it and try not to let pride get in the way.

  6. You define your own success. Success is what you make of it.  Don't hold yourself to other's expectations, hold yourself to your own expectations.  If success looks and feels like dropping out of college and living your best life by being a ski bum, then do it.  It's your life and you are ultimately in charge of how you live it, including any poor choices you make and resulting consequences.

Even though you've graduated and are technically no longer a SLYC member, please stop in to say Hi!  We'll miss you!

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