After School Programs

gateway middle school students on campus

Buchanan YMCA-Gateway After School Program

Beginning in 2013-14, Gateway Middle School established a partnership with the Buchanan YMCA to offer an on-site, comprehensive after school program. Gateway’s staff works closely with the Buchanan YMCA Site Director to align the program with our school goals and values and to ensure a strong connection between our school-day academic programs and the after school program.

The after school program at Gateway Middle focuses on academic support, youth leadership, enrichment activities and skill-building.

Program Information

Program Goals, Activities, and Schedule

Program design is based on the varying needs and interests of middle school students. Academic and homework support time is provided each day to support academic success. Enrichment activities that foster skill building and leadership development will be based on youth choice and will be offered in (5) 6-7 week sessions, giving students the opportunity to try different activities throughout the programmatic year.

Youth have the option of attending program 3 days per week or 5 days per week.

Program Hours of Operation

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 3:30-6:00pm
Wednesday: 2:00-6:00pm

The YMCA provides on-site programming five days per week, from 3:30-6:00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and from 2:00-6:00pm on Wednesdays (early release day).

Families have the option of enrolling their child in a 3-Day Program, or 5-Day Program.


You can register online to secure your child's spot, or you can download a registration packet and submit to the Buchanan YMCA. If you are applying for financial assistance or your child receives a subsidy through Children's Council, we recommend you submit a paper registration packet.

Financial Aid

At the Buchanan Y, we are committed to ensuring everyone has access to our programs. We have limited financial assistance available for our before and after school programs and it is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. You can apply for assistance by downloading the financial assistance application (solicitud de asistencia financiera) and turning it in to the Buchanan Y along with income verification and your completed after school registration packet.

Contact Information

YMCA GMS Coordinator:
Nancy Hernandez, [email protected] or (415) 710-1146 

YMCA Teen Director:
Jenifer Hughes, [email protected] or (415) 931-9622