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Students biking together at the Valley Youth Center Duluth

Play. Grow.

At Valley Youth Centers, we strive to provide a safe and supportive environment for youth ages 5 and up in west Duluth. Our after school and summer programs are designed to provide tutoring and mentoring to help youth with homework, leadership and recreational activities to strengthen their physical health.

The Valley Youth Centers programs are tailored to meet the needs of the youth in our community. We offer a variety of programs and projects that focus on academic success, leadership development, and physical health. Our daily activities include tutoring and homework help, mentoring, leadership development, and recreational activities. Our goal is to empower youth to reach their full potential.

Every year the VYC works hard to provide one-time special events for our students. These special events include: Valley Fair, MN Twins games, UMD games, Dances, Beaches, Parks, Camps and many more! Keep in mind, to qualify your student(s) need to register and fill out special event forms.

Yearly Registration

If your student is new the VYC, please fill out and return the yearly registration form to the VYC.


PLEASE NOTE THAT IF SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED DUE TO WEATHER OUR CENTER IS ALSO CLOSED. The Valley Youth Centers may cancel scheduled events or temporarily close its operations due to unforeseen circumstances, including but not limited to inclement weather, technical difficulties, or other events beyond our control. While we strive to provide a reliable and consistent service, the safety and well-being of our students and staff are our top priority. In the event of cancellation or closure, we will make every effort to notify affected individuals in a timely manner. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. 

Our Programs


July 20, 2024 | 10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Bike Run

Players Sports Bar - 4024 Grand Ave, Duluth, MN 55807

Ride to raise funds for west Duluth youth on Saturday, July 20th at Players Sports Bar. 

Registration begins at 10 a.m., kickstands up at Noon—$20 per rider, $30 for 2Up. 

Enjoy dinner, live music, and a chance at awesome prizes after the ride!


After School Food Service

In partnership with Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, we provide students who use our services something to eat. 

We also have vending machines that offer a variety of both healthy and sweet treats. Vending prices vary from .25 to $1.50.

Grilled Toast


Everything from coloring, painting, to cutting construction paper and having fun while learning your own creative skills sets.

Arts & Crafts

Homework Club

Everyday afterschool from 3:15-4:30 (times can start earlier or end later depending on student needs), we provide staffing, tutors, and supplies for our participants to be the most prepared to learn for the next school day.

Six Chrome books available for online learning for on-site use only.

Writing with Pen

Recreation & Leisure

Once per month, each classroom joins our team for a half hour to learn the different forms of recreational opportunities that are available for them to utilize/access during their free time and to learn social and academic skills through play.

Cute Toddler in Pool

Basic Needs

For families struggling to fill the needs of youth, we are able to help.

Some items we can provide are:

  • Clothes & Jackets

  • Shoes/Boots

  • Mittens

  • Under Garments

  • Personal care items

Donation Boxes

Game Room

Our game room is safe, supervised, and well equipped with resources and activities to keep your student occupied until parent(s) can pick them up. We are also open during the days when school is not in session (summer, holidays, etc.


Table Tennis Team

Join us from 6pm-9pm Mondays during school year 23-24!


Playground, Ball Field, & Skate Rink

If your student prefers to be outdoors our site has great supervision lines that allow our staff to keep tabs on the park for safety. Please keep in mind that the park is public and unless the VYC is putting on a direct programmatic activity in the park, our organization and staff are not responsible for happenings in the park but we do our absolute best for all that uses it.

Soccer Player

Table Tennis

If your student is interested in learning the advanced game of ping pong, the VYC has the coaching, equipment, and supplies to take them to any height they would want to achieve within the game and themselves. We offer a training facility style practice night every Monday in the school’s GYM. There are opportunities to travel and compete on a state and national level. To qualify for traveling opportunities, the student must be in good standing with grades and attendance at school. If additional help is needed to your student to be in good standing, we have many resources to help.

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