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Discover the Adventure That Awaits You Here

Welcome to the Saranac Lake Youth Center, where young people can explore their passions, learn new skills, and connect with others in a safe and supportive environment. Our center is a hub of activity, with a constantly evolving selection of programs and outdoor adventures to keep our members engaged and excited. Whether you're interested in leadership development, creative arts, athletic pursuits, or just hanging out with friends, our dedicated team is here to help you achieve your goals and have fun along the way.

To learn about our new programs please email us at:



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 2023-2024 School Year:


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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 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, Jennifer Keller 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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