Camp Ruach at the Asheville Jewish Community Center

Find your friends here! Camp Ruach (that means “spirit”) welcomes all rising 1st-8th graders for a traditional day camp experience focused on building lifelong friendships and enjoying a summer full of fun. Each two-week session is built upon teaching important values through exciting activities, including sports, cooking, crafts, archery, nature expeditions, gardening, overnights, dance, music, swimming with WSI certified swim instructors, and much more.

Monday, June 13th through Friday, August 5th, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

236 Charlotte Street, Asheville, NC 28801 Directions


WNC Nature Center

The Western North Carolina Nature Center is the first place where area children meet the animals they have read about. Deers, bears, cougars, wolf, racoons, birds and even farm animals are there for all to learn about. Exhibits on area poisonous snakes are worth absorbing. An aviary, self-guided nature trail and petting zoo make this a great place for the family. Small admission fee.

75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28805 Directions

(828) 298-5600

YWCA of Asheville

Eliminating racism, empowering women — it’s what the YWCA is about and what it intends to do. The YWCA of Asheville offers programs in Aquatics, including swim lessons, lap and open swims, water aerobics, lifeguard training, and more. is proud to be an Advocate of the YWCA of Asheville.

185 S. French Broad Ave., Asheville, NC 28801 Directions


Salvation Army Boys & Girls Camp

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Camp hosts sessions for summer day camp for kids 6-12. Day sessions are held from 7am-6pm, Monday – Friday , offering a variety of recreational, educational, and spiritual enrichment for youngsters.


The YWCA of Asheville Child Care Center

The YWCA of Asheville Child Care Center provides safe, stimulating, and affordable care for the babies, toddlers and pre-school children of working parents. The Child Care Center has separate, age-appropriate classrooms. This multi-cultural program emphasizes the appreciation of other cultures, academics in the everyday, and non-violent play.

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Counterpoint/Caring for Children

Counterpoint/Caring for Children provides residential treatment program for delinquents, status offenders and youth at risk that allows them to remain in their home community. Focus on developing social, academic and personal skills enabling them to return home.


YMI Cultural Center

For years, the 18,000 square foot YMI building was the social and economic center of Asheville’s Black community. Currently YMI is a cultural center operating with support from the City of Asheville. Its impressive Tudor-style structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features four galleries and a 300-seat performing arts theatre.

39 S Market St, Asheville, NC 28801 Directions

(828) 252-4614

Youth Council Meeting

Youth Council Meetings meets alternate Tuesdays at 7:30pm at the Buncombe County Recreational Services Building. The ABCYC promotes leadership and community involvement for youths ages 13-18.


Youth Employment Permits/Buncombe County DSS

Issues youth employment permits. Both the Department of Social Services and the Department of Labor maintain a file of these permits. DSS has a copy of the state and federal laws regarding youth employment which is available for parents or employers. In addition, employers are required to know applicable state and federal laws regarding youth employment. Work permit applications can be obtained online.


National Girls and Women in Sports Day

National Girls and Women in Sports Day, held at UNC-A, is a community event designed to expose women and girls to a variety of activities to inspire them to lead active, healthy lives. For more info, or to register, contact Allison Dains.


Junior Achievement of Western North Carolina

Junior Achievement of Western North Carolina helps educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise, business and economics in order to improve the quality of their lives. This is in the Bank of America Building downtown.



Imagine is a non-profit creative-learning program for homeschoolers ages 5 to 17that offers workshops in creative writing, drama, Japanese, cooking, art, crafts, computer, journalism, dance, nature studies, and more.


Kids Night Out

Kids Night Out is a group that meets at YMCA Central Branch from 6-9pm on the first and third Friday of each month. This program is for ages 5-12. Cost is $5-$10. Parents must register and pay two days in advance of the program.


The YWCA of Asheville After-School Program

The YWCA of Asheville After-School program is for children in grades K-5 and focuses on homework help. Participants also enjoy a wide range of enrichment activities including swim lessons, gardening, music appreciation and arts & crafts.

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The YWCA Support Our Students (SOS)

The YWCA Support Our Students (SOS) program is a state-funded after-school program designed to prevent juvenile crime by offering enriching activities and tutoring for middle-school students.

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Irene Wortham Center

Irene Wortham Center provides Early Childhood Education programs at two 5-Star Rated facilities. The Early Learning Center is on the main campus on West Chapel Rd. and the Community Child Care Center is located on Compton Drive. We serve approximately 170 children in an inclusive environment, meaning that about 40% of the children have some degree of developmental delay while 60% are developing typically. Both centers provide onsite physical, occupational, and speech therapy.

(828)274-6066 or (828) 255-5480

Pack Place Education, Arts and Science Center

Downtown across from Pack Square, Pack Place Education, Arts and Science Center houses Three Centuries of Pack Square, and is the home for the Asheville Art Museum, Diana Wortham Theater, Colburn Earth Science Museum, the Health Adventure and the YMI Cultural Center.
“A must see” when visiting Asheville, NC.

(828) 253-3227

Girls on the Run of WNC

Girls on the Run is a life-changing, experiential learning programs for girls age eight to thirteen years old. The programs combine training for a 3.1 mile running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts. The goals of the programs are to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development.

Children First

Children First is an advocacy group for children of all ages.


Caring for Children

Caring for Children provides emergency shelter and care with an independent living program and behavior-modification program for WNC residents up to age 18.


Young Life, Windy Gap Camp

Young Life, Windy Gap Camp is a camp for high-school students.


Baptist Maternity Home

Baptist Children’s Homes of NC is a place for unmarried or divorced, pregnant state residents. No religious affiliation required. Medical records, tuberculosis test required.


Girl Scout Troops of WNC

Girl Scout Troops of WNC is for girls ages 5-17.


Buncombe County 4-H

Buncombe County 4-H is a group for youth participants and adult leaders to get involved with the community.


The American Adventure Service Corps

Is a year round, non-profit organization for ages 8-18, using outdoor adventure education, service to others and environmental education.



STEP offers after-school tutoring as part of the AB Education Coalition at Sycamore Temple.


One Youth At A Time

20 Battery Park Ave, Suite 714, Asheville, NC Directions


A-B Tech Child Care Center

340 Victoria Road, Asheville, NC Directions


Valley Child Care Center

160 Bee Tree Lake Road, Asheville, NC Directions


Mountain Area Women’s Health Center (MAHEC)

Comprehensive high-risk maternity service including a multidisciplinary clinic, staffed by maternal-fetal medicine consultants, OB/GYN physicians, clinical coordinator, nurse midwife, nutritionist and social worker. Thursday afternoon clinic is designed specifically for teens. Also on site are BabyLove maternity care coordinators, nutritionists, social workers, WIC and MCC.  MAHEC provides a teen clinic that serves ages 13-19.