Resources for Teens and Parents of Teens in Manhattan


Safe and fun hangouts for teenagers and sanity-saving support for parents of teens in Manhattan. 


For Parents

In Parentis Parent Support Groups

Two locations on the Upper West Side. 212-560-2323;


Setting Limits and Following Through: The Art of Discipline with Tweens and Teens

Learn how to set appropriate limits and consequences in ways that respect your tween/teen's developmental needs while fostering his/her independence and good judgment. Learn how your own needs can be met at the same time and how you can protect your child as s/he steps closer to adulthood.

March 11, 18, and 25; 9-10:15am. Preregistration required. $150 per person.


Fostering Communication with Your Tweens and Teens: Building Trust in the Age of Sex, Drugs and Other Scary Things

Get practical guidance on how to foster open communication with your child, how to build trust on both sides, how to handle inevitable parent-adolescent conflicts, and how best to connect with the changing young person in your midst.

May 6, 13, and 20; 9-10:15am. Preregistration required. $150 per person.


Parenting Kids Who "Don't Fit the Mold"

If your child is in regular education classes but struggles with learning, social, or emotional issues, this workshop is for you. Learn how to handle these issues and balance your needs, the needs of your child, and the greater world around you. For parents of children ages 8-13.

March 14, 21, and 28th; 10-11:15am. Preregistration required. $150 per person.


Helping Your Over-Worked and Stressed-Out Tween/Teen

Dates and details to be announced


For Teens

Teen Centers

Teens are supervised in a safe, fun, and engaging environment that encourages social maturation, while they choose from a variety of activities like recreational sports, fundraisers, and a variety of skill-building workshops. FREE.

92nd Street Y: 1395 Lexington Avenue. 212-415-5500.

Harlem YMCA: Open 3:30-7:30pm Monday-Friday. 180 W. 135th Street. 212- 912-2100.

Vanderbilt YMCA: Open 3-8pm Monday-Friday; 6-11pm Saturday. 224 East 47th Street. 212-912-2557.

West Side YMCA: Open to high school students only 2:30-6:30pm Monday-Friday; 2:30-8pm Saturday. 5 W. 63rd Street. 212- 912-2665.

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Teen Central at NYPL's Grand Central Branch

Teen Central has special programs, author talks, gaming, and web activities for teenagers. It is also a place for them to do homework, read books, use computers, and take advantage of the library's many resources. 135 East 46th Street. 212-621-0670.


Mother-Daughter Shape Up

Get closer with your tween/teen by participating in a challenging workout together. Tone, strengthen, and discover power-packed ways to burn calories with Zumba®, Pilates/Ballet Barre, Masala Bhangra Workout®, Latin Low, and Yoga Pump. Starts May 15. $140 for five sessions (fee is for two participants). 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue. 212-415-5500.


Also see: More teen resources in the New York metro area

Decoding the Teenage Brain: One Mom's Personal Essay

Our After-School Activities Guide