College tours, service trip, volunteering, jobs and learning a lifesaving skill are on the Spring Break docket

In addition to being a great place to get fit and meet new friends, the YMCA offers teens and college students opportunities to have a meaningful, productive Spring Break. From college tours of six East Coast universities to helping children in Jamaica who’ve been orphaned, the YMCA supports teens and young adults through times of transition and growth in their life.

Spring Break is also a time to secure a summer job, volunteer or learn a lifesaving skill. They can do all of that and more at the YMCA. And if they prefer to just hang out or workout, they can do that too. The 12 area YMCAs are open every day, and Day Passes are  available for ages 11 and up for $15.

Here’s the run down for Spring Break 2018:

High School

March 26 – 30
Spring Break College Tour
Six East Coast colleges
Cost: $200/person ($150 for Y members and Y-Achievers)
Scholarships are available. Must register by March 16.

Spots are open to 9th through 12th grade students for the Spring Break College Tour of six East Coast universities. In addition to guided campus tours at the Univ. of Maryland, Howard Univ., Loyola Univ. – Maryland, Morgan State Univ., Univ. District of Columbia and Georgetown Univ., fees cover roundtrip charter bus transportation, meals, hotels and excursions. A Y-Achievers program run by the Avondale Meadows YMCA, the trip is open to students city-wide and chaperoned by adult YMCA staff.


Get a Job or Volunteer

The YMCA is a great place for a first job. From lifeguards to camp counselors, dozens of part-time, full-time and summer jobs for teens are available. Spring Break is the perfect time to submit an application. We’re always looking for volunteers, too. Check out all of the opportunities at

College Students 

March 9 – 15

college students in Jamaica

Alternative Spring Break Trip
Note: This trip is booked. Watch for daily updates on social media

Twenty-five local college students are taking an Alternative Spring Break Trip to Jamaica to serve children who’ve been neglected or orphaned. Since 2002, the Intercollegiate YMCA has hosted 650 students on this trip to Mandeville to serve the people of Jamaica and children at the Hanbury Home and assist with anything that needs to be done. This “alternative” Spring Break experience impacts the students as much as the children.


April 7, 14, 21, 28
College Spring Cleans
Cost: Donation of $175 – $500
Register here for any Saturday in April. Volunteers are also needed.

To help fund service trips abroad, Intercollegiate YMCA students from UIndy, Butler, IUPUI and Ivy Tech and other volunteer groups will Spring Clean¾do gardening, weeding, cleaning, painting and more—at homes across Central Indiana. It’s perfect for busy families, older adults and those with health or physical limitations.

Learn Lifesaving Skills

March 5 and 15 at Baxter YMCA
March 10 at Benjamin Harrison YMCA and Ransburg YMCA
March 17 at Avondale Meadows YMCA (full)
CPR & First AID
Age 11 and up
Times and costs vary

Heartsaver CPR & First AID courses teach adult, child and infant CPR and AED use, as well as how to relieve choking. This 3-4 hour, hands-on class includes instructor-led video and is appropriate for people with limited or no medical training and who need a Course Completion Card in CPR.


March 20 – 24 at Ransburg YMCA
March 28 – 31 at Baxter YMCA
Lifeguarding Class
Ages 16 and up
Cost: $354; $264 – Y members

Earn certifications in Lifeguarding, CPR, First Aid and Oxygen.

Looking for things for the rest of the family to do? Check out these Spring Break activities for kids.