Each year, the YMCA of Greater San Antonio offers free summer membership opportunities for teenagers ages 13-18.

The VolunTeens program allows local teens to volunteer at least three hours of service per week in exchange for a summer membership. Membership grants full access to YMCA facilities outside of volunteer hours.

Volunteer opportunities include assisting in membership, wellness, aquatics, specialty camps, youth sports and other services.

According to a May 18 news release, the program aims to work as a pipeline for teens to gain experience and enter the workforce.

“Encountering new ideas and people by interacting more with your local community is critical to shaping a young person's worldview and connecting with peers. Not to mention that developing talents, practicing teamwork skills, and gaining real-world experience can enhance any college application or resume,” said Jami Engel, YMCA executive director and youth and family cabinet lead, in the release.

Parent or guardian permission is required to participate. Teens interested in the opportunity can visit the nearest YMCA.