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 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR:

Monday-Friday (following SLCSD calendar)

Grades: 6-12                2:30-5:30PM

Grades: 9-12 only       5:30-7:00PM


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 page to get notifications on Center closures. 

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COVID-19 Update



As mentioned on Thursday on our social media, we closed on 4/7/22 & 4/8/22 due to staff's positive Covid test.  We were already going to be closed to youth during spring break so we just started spring break a little early!  Have a happy and healthy spring break everyone!  We will resume normal operations on Monday, April 25, 2022, open from 2:30-7:00pm.  We still plan to have our LGBTQ+ youth group on Saturday, April 23, 2022 from 4:00-5:30pm.  If you have any questions, please contact Aleacia at saranaclakeyouth@gmail.com or on Facebook Messenger. 


We are closed for one more day as I didn't get my Covid test results back.  We will reopen tomorrow, 1/11/22 as my 5-day quarantine will have ended.  I apologize for any inconvenience!

-Aleacia Landon-


We will close the SLYC today and tomorrow due to Aleacia's Covid exposure.  We will reopen upon her negative Covid test result, hopefully on Monday, 1/10/22.  Please follow our Instagram or Facebook page to get notifications on center closures.  


We have decided to close the youth center until after Thanksgiving break, reopening on 11/29/21 due to the COVID-19 exposure last week and the rising number of cases in Franklin and Essex counties, particularly among our young people.  We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.  Again, please don't hesitate to contact Aleacia at 518-891-5846 or via email at saranaclakeyouth@gmail.com if you have questions or need assistance.  We hope you have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving holiday!


The Saranac Lake Youth Center was notified today that a youth who visited the center this week has tested positive for COVID-19.  We will be closed today, November 12, 2021, and make a determination on Monday whether to shut down until after Thanksgiving break.  We have been in contact with the Franklin County Dept of health and the Saranac Lake Central School District.  While we are allowed to stay open per DOH as long as all affected youth are not at the center, we are monitoring the situation at this time and will always err on the side of caution.

If you have any questions or your family has an urgent need or needs assistance, please don't hesitate to contact Aleacia at 518-891-5846 or email us at saranaclakeyouth@gmail.com.  We will post updated closure information on our Facebook, Instagram and website on Monday, November 15th.  


Please be aware of our center's Covid precautions:

1.  Masks are required to be worn in the center except while eating and drinking.

2.  Maintain social distance whenever possible, especially when eating.

3.  The center has an air purification system to assist in reducing the risk of exposure to viruses, bacteria, mildew and molds.  This is in use during open hours.

4.  Daily attendance logs are kept to make it easy for contact tracing.

5.  Temperature checks are done on individuals who are not feeling well and parents are called if necessary.  Youth will be asked to leave for the duration of their illness.  

6.  Sanitizing stations are kept in the front room, back room and bathroom.  

7.  Disposable masks are kept on hand for any individual who needs one.  We also have face shields and disposable gloves on hand.  

8.  Increased daily surface cleaning and keeping a daily cleaning log.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to Aleacia at 518-891-5846 or at saranaclakeyouth@gmail.com.  Thank you and stay healthy!



Aleacia Landon, Director

Saranac Lake Youth Center

Thank you for a successful 2021 Olga Memorial Footrace!

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

The 24th Annual Olga Memorial Footrace was held on Saturday, August 21, 2021 and was a huge success! It was great to see so many runners again!

We want to THANK all of our sponsors for another successful year:  Adirondack Health, Cape Air, Hyde Fuel, NBT Bank, Bing Bang Boom, Adirondack White Pine Cabins, Donnelly's Ice Cream, Long Run Wealth, St. Regis Canoe Outfitters, Community Bank, Madden's Transfer & Storage, Wilkins Agency, MX Petroleum, SAY Rentals, Tri-Lakes Center for Dentistry, CED Electric, Champlain National Bank, High Peaks Cyclery, Fogarty's B&B, Boyer's Septic Service, Mountain Mist, Bear Essentials, Madden's Garage, Rice Furniture, Upstate Auto, IB Hunt/Gordon Pratt Agency, and  Adirondack Lakes & Trails.

THANK YOU to the following businesses who contributed to our runner's raffle and goody bags:  Romano's Saranac Lanes, ADK ArtRise, Mountain Mist, Upstate Auto, Goody-Goody's Toy Store, Grizle-T's, Subway, Bitters and Bones, Raybrook Brewery, Pine Cone Ice Cream, Lakeview Deli, Village Mercantile, Owl's Nest, Tail of the Pup, Blue Line Brewery, Maplefields, Blue Line Sports, The Book Nook, and the Downhill Grill!

Finally, THANK YOU to all of our amazing Rotary and SLYC volunteers and the Olga committee for all of your dedication and help for making this race a success.  A huge THANK YOU to our community volunteers and race participants - we couldn't do it without you: Art Stemp, Jim Tucker, Paul Smith's College athletic department, Bill Peer, Saranac Lake Central School District athletic department, Tom Roberts, Ricky Sullivan, Polly Sullivan, Gaelle Gwiewi, Michael Heath, Greg Landon, Matt Saulpaugh, Kenzie Marine (ROOST), Dan Cash (ROOST), Randy Young, Nancy Borden, George Cook, Klaus Meissner, Gear-to-Go Tandems, the Village of Saranac Lake, Village DPW, Dewey Mountain Recreation Center, and all of our runners/walkers!

Congratulations to Shon Parker with Adirondack 1892 who was our Cape Air raffle ticket winner!  Thank you for supporting our race and enjoy your 2 free SLK-BOS round trip plane tickets!

Mark your calendars!  The 25th Annual Olga Memorial Footrace will be held on August 20, 2022!

Thank you for all of your support and we'll see you next year!!!


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!