Alexandra Gagnon Teen Center was created through the efforts of The Alexandra Gagnon Foundation to provide safe, enlightening, educational, and entertaining experiences for teens on Martha’s Vineyard. Our permanent facility is 5,000 sq. feet spanning two floors, with program activity rooms, a kitchen and performing arts space. The Base at Alex’s Place is our performing arts space and includes a stage, sound system, professional stage lighting, seats 70, and Studio 57, sponsored by Comcast.

Contact Ryan Schwab-Doyon for more information: ryan@ymcamv.org | 508-696-7171 ext. 127

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AMP JAM | School Year

Open Studio (recording) and Stage (performing) for teens. Full Backline available, multi-track recording, Midi Beats workstation. Every Tuesday and Thursday, 3-6pm.

AMP Workshop Weekends | Spring & Fall

A one-weekend intensive music and performance program this spring and fall. Teens will learn about singing, songwriting, performing and recording.
Cost: $100

Summer AMP workshop

A one-week intensive music and performance program from July 30th-August 3rd. Teens will learn about singing, songwriting, performing and recording. The program features top performers from around the island and the country.
Cost: $200

Teen Musical Concerts

4-6 times a year, a teen band performs at Alex's Place for their peers and the community.
Tickets: $5 teens / $10 adults

Free Comic Book Day

Come get some free comic books, hang out with your friends and enter a raffle to win comic book packages.

Summer Youth Music Series

Come hear some amazingly talent Teens from Alex’s Places. Tuesdays during July and August at the Aquinnah Library.

Cartooning Workshop

An 8 week workshop, where teens learn about the world of cartoons, comics, and illustration. As a class the workshop will look at famous cartoonist and illustrators work for influences to better their artistic abilities. Some materials will be provided.
Cost: $100

Multi-Track Recording Workshop | Spring & Fall

A 4-hour workshop on Logic Pro X and Pro Tools.
Cost: $25

Middle School Hangouts

An opportunity for 6th, 7th, 8th graders to come and hang out with friends, dance, play video games, play pool and eat free food.
Meets once monthly on Friday night, check Facebook for dates.

Cooking with Island Grown Schools

Cooking fresh food with Island Grown Schools. Meets once monthly, during the spring, on Wednesday afternoons 2:30-4:30pm. Please check Facebook for dates.

Elder Tech Fairs

A support group for teens to help seniors with their tech devices. Need volunteer hours or want to help out other? This is for you! Meets once monthly, check Facebook for dates.

things to do

  1. Play Video games on our Xbox 360, PS4 or Wii
  2. Play Pool
  3. Jam out with our guitars, bass, drums
  4. Use our Mac computer for homework or gaming
  5. Hang out with your friends in our living area
  6. Grab a snack from our kitchen
  7. Hang out with our youth mentors
  8. Interested in music? Come use the stage to perform
  9. Join the IMP program
  10. Interested in Art? Join our cartooning workshop
  11. Need volunteer hours? Help with our Elder Tech Fairs
  12. Like Anime? Come to our anime group
  13. Want to start your own club? The space is yours


Alexandra Gagonan Teen Center, Comcast, Island Wide Youth Collaborative, Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, WMVY, Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, IMP4Kids, Aquinnah library, Vineyard Birth Collective, MV Muse, MV Smash, Hearts root music, Music drives us, Cape Cod 5


Alex’s Place is available to the entire community for rent, use our full kitchen, a downstairs space that has a stage, sound system, stage lighting and space to fit up to 70 people. Both floors are open, need a space with a projector we have one, looking for a place to do a theatrical or music performance we have that too.

Contact Nina at nlombardi@ymcamv.org for more information about renting Alex's Place.

Middle School Hangout Night

We are inviting all Middle Schoolers, grades 6th - 8th, to come learn the ropes of the Teen Center in a safe, educational, and entertaining spaces.

May Middle School Night

“I really enjoy having a safe, drug free environment to hang with my friends after school. I enjoy Ryan’s company and the teen center has really helped.”

— Amelia —

"The program at the Y that has greatly impacted me is the Teen Center, I met my greatest friend Indigo there. The Y has helped me become a well-rounded and good person."

— Ryan —

“Just look at the Teen Center, a safe haven for all teens on the island."

— Anonymous

Contact Us

Ryan Schwab-Doyon
Alex's Place Director
PHONE 508-696-7171 ext. 127
EMAIL ryan@ymcamv.org

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