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 SUMMER 2021:

Monday, July 5th - Friday, August 13th.

Monday-Friday             Noon-5:00pm

*snacks/drinks provided each day!*


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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Now that Covid restrictions have been pulled back....



With the news that New York State has reached a 70% rate in vaccinations and the resulting rollback on the majority of the Covid restrictions, we are happy to announce the following changes:

1.  Masks are not required but are strongly encouraged.

2.  Social Distancing is still encouraged but not required.

3.  Facility capacity restriction of 25% or 17 people at any one time will be required until we open for the summer on July 5th.  This gives us time to get all three rooms in order and fully functioning.

A couple changes to pre-Covid standard procedures that we will keep in place:

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

2.  Temperature checks on anyone not feeling well and parents called if necessary.  Youth will be asked to leave for the duration of their illness.  While the youth is waiting to be picked up, they must wear a mask and socially distance themselves from their peers.

3.  Staff will check in members at this time, at least through summer.

4.  Sanitizing stations will be kept with signs pointing to where they are located.

5.  Masks will continue to be on hand for any individual who needs one.  We will also keep face shields and disposable gloves on hand.

6.  Our air purification system will continue to be in use during open hours.

All of our gaming tables will be in use as of July 5th as well as the stove/oven for baking/cooking purposes.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to Aleacia at 518-891-5846 or at saranaclakeyouth@gmail.com.  Have a wonderful summer!



Aleacia Landon, Director

Saranac Lake Youth Center


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

24th Annual Olga Memorial Footrace!

The 24th Annual Olga Memorial Footrace will be held on Saturday, August 21, 2021.  This year we are having a live race but there will be some changes due to the pandemic.  We will have a slightly staggered start, and no awards ceremony with a DJ but we will still have runner's goody bags and a raffle!  Registration will begin at 8:00am at Berkeley Green. 

The Olga Memorial Footrace course is mostly flat, circling Moody Pond and passing by Lake Flower.  The 10K is a two loop course and is a true 10K distance.  The race begins in front of the beautiful Hotel Saranac and ends on Academy Street behind the hotel.  

This 5K & 10K Run and 5K Walk has become a traditional Saranac Lake summer event.  For the past 23 years it has continued to support multiple community causes, including the Riverwalk, Girl Scouts and the Skatepark.  This year we are very pleased to continue the partnership between the Rotary Club of Saranac Lake and the Saranac Lake Youth Center.  Our goal is to raise $8,000 .  The proceeds will benefit our local youth through increased programming at the Youth Center and enhance the Rotary's literacy program that puts a book in the hands of every child in the elementary school.

This year we have online registration through Active.com.  Our link to register is: https://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=77261334.  You can find the event listing at: https://www.active.com/running/olga-memorial-footrace-2021

For additional information, email Aleacia at saranaclakeyouth@gmail.com or at olgamemorialrace@gmail.com.  You may also call the Saranac Lake Youth Center at 518-891-5846.  We hope you join us on August 21st!


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!