Our Vertical Horizons program helps kids gain confidence and improve their health through a targeted curriculum, in area schools, designed to teach students new exercise skills and habits. Our staff works with teachers to create a safe and supportive environment within schools that helps teens set and reach their fitness goals.

  • Support and Encouragement
  • Achieve Personal Goals
  • Develops Relationships
  • Learn Healthy Lifestyle Choices
  • Builds Self-Confidence

Our goal is to help more students become physically active both in and out of school. 

The program is offered at local schools and through community partners that meet qualifying criteria. If your organization is interested in partnering please complete the Letter of Program Interest and email to Danielle Clark at danielle.clark@gwrymca.org.

We are proud to partner with the following schools to offer our Vertical Horizons program:

Confluence Preparatory Academy
Confluence Academy: South City
Innovative Concept Academy
St. Louis college Preparatory

If your school would like to be a host location for this program please complete the Letter of Program Interest and email to Danielle Clark at danielle.clark@gwrymca.org.

Depending on the school’s needs, 2 instructors lead classes 2-5 times a week for 45 minutes to 1.5 hours each session. The sessions vary at each school due to time and space available but follow a general framework of a warm-up and a work-out focused on weights or skill-focused stations, and a closing group game or challenge.

What is the age range of participating students?
Students are typically in middle and high school.

How do schools get involved?
Schools who would like to participate in the program must complete a Letter of Interest form and email to Danielle Clark at danielle.clark@gwrymca.org. Completing the form does not guarantee participation in the program.

Is there a cost associated with the program?
There is no cost associated with this program.  However, partner schools must meet specific criteria to qualify.

Is Vertical Horizons available at YMCA branches?
No. While we are working on creating opportunities for participating kids to visit and work out at Gateway Region YMCAs, our primary focus remains on serving kids in their schools and community.