The Youth Activities Center (known as the YAC) is a drop-in center for middle- and high-school students (ages 12-17). Located on the south lakefront at Heinz Beach, and adjacent to the Boys' and Girls' Club campus, the YAC features a bustling snack bar (with daily lunch specials at "kid" prices), a friendly staff, televisions, games, table tennis and pool tables.

Weekly "YACtivities" include dances with a DJ, wing night, "Sundae Monday" and Tuesday breakfast sandwiches.

The YAC is open Monday through Friday during the season.

YAC Late Nites

New this summer, Chautauqua’s Youth Activities Center stays open late for those 17 and older, with food specials and other activities. YAC Late Nites run 10 to 11:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Weeks One through Six.