Swaim Youth Center

355 Iowa Ave

The Swaim Youth Center offers youth an intentional place to build relationships with positive adults and their peers. During Hang Out youth can choose to watch a video, play video games, create art or music, and connect with their peers. UAY staff are trained in Positive Youth Development, which allows them to build meaningful relationships with the young people who attend the Youth Center.  

Covid Programming

Nest (Mondays and Wednesdays 1pm-4pm: Operated out of the Mercer Aquatic Center to area Junior and Senior High School Students.  Internet, audio recording, art projects, basketball.  


Virtual Hangout (Wednesday-Friday 5pm-7pm): Games, Art,Fun.

Art workshops every Friday

Creator's collaboration every second Wednesday

Social Justice Art Group (Learning how to use art to build community, practice critical consciousness, and promote social change) Every Thursday 5pm-7pm.

To participate, show up and have fun ZOOM password is hangout

Writing Group(Every Tuesday 5-6:30pm): A facilitated group to share current projects and try new ideas. Zoom room: 970 1161 3867 Password: Dickenson

Pride Club:  A safe space for all LGBTQQIAA+ youth to meet and support each other.  Email Jamie.


Feminist Club:  A group for young people to explore the meaning of gender and the effects of gender on the world.  Email Jamie

Art and Music Club: If you are interested in high art or simply doodling, there is something here for everyone at every skill.  Available to all Junior High Students and including limited access for 5th and 6th graders. Register

Questions? Contact Kylie


  • Music Lessons

  • Recording Studio


  • After School (in school)

  • Workshops

  • Drop in


  • GIRLS Group

  • LGBTQ+ Group

  • Youth Action Team


Free recording studio for Junior High and High School aged youth. 

For studio bookings and lessons contact Kylie.

Free and open to all area Junior High and High School aged students. Students have access to free guitar, drums, bass, vocal and keyboard lessons, as well as a free professional digital recording studio. UAY also offers live performances!




Provides an opportunity for small group workshops, individual instruction, and open studio time. Offers a variety of media including silk screen printing, ceramics, fiber arts, drawing, painting, book binding, sculpture, jewelry making, and independent projects. Learn a new technique or develop your artwork even further. Meet new people that are interested in the same things as you.

o   Youth Center Art Workshops: Fridays 4:30-6:00pm

Questions?  Contact Lauren.


  • LGBTQIAA Youth Support Group: UAY Youth Center, Monday 6:30-8:30

    • Groups will provide a safe and supportive environment to empower youth with knowledge that specifically pertains to them 

    • Educational component covering such topics as coming out, gender identity, bullying, healthy relationships, sexual health education, improving school climate, and coping with anxiety and stress.

    • Opportunities for youth to participate in community engagement.

  • FEM Group: UAY Youth Center, Tuesdays 6:30-8:30          

    • A weekly group for young people in Junior High and High school that combines art, discussion, movies, pop culture, service learning and skill building activities as a way to nurture social justice and activism. 

    • Activities include education and discussion around social issues of importance to young people, arts programming, and community service efforts.

  • Youth Action Team (YAT)

    • An opportunity for young people to spend time volunteering in their community, making change and having fun!

Questions?  Contact Jamie.

Art when you want it,

Help when you need it