Olive Branch Family YMCA



Middle School Afterschool Program

It can be hard to figure out your place in the world. As a young person, having the right guidance and support can make a real difference in figuring out who you are and what you can achieve. The Y is committed to nurturing children and teens for their success.

The Olive Branch Family YMCA is proud to partner with:

  • DeSoto Central Middle School
  • Olive Branch Middle School

Bus transportation picks up at these schools and brings them to the Olive Branch Family YMCA.

6th- 8th grade

Hours of Operation:
After School – 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

$60 per week


Mandy Smith
Associate Childcare Director serving DeSoto County, MS


YMCA DeSoto County Youth and Government

The YMCA Youth Legislature is a model legislative and judicial program for High School Students in grades 9-12 and middle school students in grade 6 – 8. Students from public and private schools across the county come together for one day to participate in a mock legislative session. There is a 1 day event held in late winter for High school students and another one held in the fall for Middle School students. Each student participates as a legislator. They write a bill that they present on the day of the conference. Training is done at each school by YMCA staff to teach them the process of researching, writing and presenting a bill. The bills are debated by all students and voted on by the delegates on whether the bill passes out of committee to be presented in the afternoon at the general assembly. The leadership for this program also comes from past participants in the Youth and Government conference as they serve as officers and committee chairs for all the sessions. The YMCA Youth Legislature Program allows participants to gain an in-depth knowledge of our state’s political, judicial and legislative systems. Awards are given out at the end of the day long event for Outstanding bills and Outstanding Statesmans. The middle school conference will be held on December 1st, 2016.

In addition to the one day conferences held each year for the students, a delegate from Desoto County is also sponsored by the “Y” and attends the state legislature in Jackson, MS, held in November each year.


Teen Leaders

Somewhere between becoming an adult and being a kid, a teen is discovering who they are and who they want to be. Often misunderstood, teens want us to know that they are growing up. At the Y, we know that teenagers will rise to meet expectations set for them, so we set our expectations high. Mentors, staff and other role models value our teens’ individuality and guide them toward becoming responsible and engaged adults. We believe that every teen deserves a successful future and has the responsibility to be a positive force in their community.

Who: For 13 – 18 year olds, the members of this club will have opportunities that strengthen their leadership and social skills through their own personal development and service to others.


  • Bi-Weekly Meetings (August – May) currently on Monday nights, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Quarterly Service Projects and Volunteer Opportunities
  • Summer Social Outings

Additional Info: The members of this club have a strong desire to make a difference at their YMCA and in their community. In addition to emphasis on personal growth and service work, we will also focus on physical fitness, working out as a group and learning the importance of healthy habits.