Chautauqua’s programs for youth present a diversity of activity, in settings varied and historic. From pre-school to day camp, from sports instruction to informal youth centers, from enrichment classes to entertainment, and from reading to experiences in the arts, these programs offer opportunities to explore the Chautauqua experience. At the same time, youth are encouraged to grow in independence, make choices, take responsibility and celebrate family time, all in the safe and supportive community that is Chautauqua.
The Youth Activities Center (known as the YAC) is a drop-in center for junior and senior high school students. Located on the south lakefront at Heinz Beach, and adjacent to the Boys' & Girls' Club campus, the YAC features a bustling snack bar (with daily lunch specials at "kid" prices), a friendly staff, televisions, games, table tennis and pool tables.