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The YMCA cares about teens, cultivates teen leaders and creates opportunities for teens to contribute to their communities.

Y Teen programs partner with families, schools, businesses, and the entire community to help provide brighter futures for young people. Our YMCA gives teens a safe place to call their own and a chance to connect with positive role models and adults who care about them. Teen programs include youth development activities, leadership groups, community service projects, exposure to diverse career options, after school activities, tutoring and mentoring, sports, camping, strength-training, internships and fun, recreational events.


Teen Programs

The YMCA provides teens with personal, academic, social and recreational opportunities in a safe and positive environment. Our goal is to help build developmental assets, enhance personal and social skills, develop leadership and responsibility, and promote self-esteem in young people so they can thrive.

For more information about our Teen Programs, contact Dakota Betts, Member & Teen Engagement Director, at 650-429-1315 or dakota.betts@ymcasv.org.

->Youth & Government

With the Youth Governor belonging to the El Camino YMCA, more than 2,300 participants throughout California will be looking to our YMCA as a leading delegation for Youth and Government.

Youth and Government is designed to give students a “hands-on” experience with the inner workings of California’s government. Meet weekly to write bills, practice Parliamentary Procedure, take part in group-bonding activities and attend several conferences and weekend retreats. The highlight of this program is the gathering of more than 2,300 high school students in a five-day mock Legislature and Court held in the State Capitol and Court buildings in Sacramento.

A nationally recognized program, Youth and Government is a wonderful way for teens to learn about our state government, add more experience on college applications and meet and have fun with friends and positive mentors!

Bring a friend and come check out our meetings. Meetings are held weekly on Tuesdays from 7–8:30 pm. in the El Camino YMCA Kiwanis Room.

For questions, please contact us at 650-429-1315.

->Model United Nations

Delegates research, debate and establish policies, treaties and resolutions focusing on international issues, including disputes between countries, peace-keeping responsibilities, border crises, stabilizing financial markets and dealing with hunger, disease and poverty.

Each delegation is assigned to one or more countries that they represent. Delegates research these countries and come to the Model United Nations Conference as representatives from their assigned countries. Delegates can also be a part of the General Assembly, Security Council, International Court of Justice, the Economic and Social Council or an international press delegation

Meetings typically begin in February.

For questions, contact Dakota Betts, Member & Teen Engagement Director, at 650-429-1315 or dakota.betts@ymcasv.org.

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Project Cornerstone

Project Cornerstone’s vision is simple—to build a web of support around every young person in our community. This web of support includes families, schools, community centers, faith communities and local businesses. Unfortunately, these resources are disconnected from each other and often from children and youth themselves. Project Cornerstone facilitates the connection of the separate parts of the web so that young people can count on individuals and organizations working together to provide them with consistent support and guidance.

Project Cornerstone promotes the research-based developmental assets approach as a guiding framework and a common language to enable individuals and organizations to work together toward our common goal of supporting the healthy development of all children and youth. We leverage partnerships to influence public policy, programs and personal behavior. Project Cornerstone provides training and consultation and shares resources and best practice models to build the capacity of children’s and youth program providers, schools, governments, foundations, businesses, faith communities, and other community groups to support young people and strengthen our community.

Most people think of assets in terms of property or financial resources. However, Developmental Assets are the positive relationships, opportunities, values and skills that young people need to grow up caring and responsible.

The Search Institute identified the 40 developmental assets as the essential building blocks of healthy child and youth development - including adult role models, positive peer influence, caring school climates and a sense that community values youth. With input from diverse community members, Project Cornerstone has added a 41st asset “positive cultural identity" to the framework we use.

Project Cornerstone was founded in by the Youth Alliance, a collaborative of the following community based organizations: YMCAs of Santa Clara Valley and the Mid Peninsula; YWCA of Santa Clara Valley; Girl Scouts; Boy Scouts; Big Brothers/Big Sisters; Boys & Girls Club; and Estrella Family Services. The YMCA of Santa Clara Valley is Project Cornerstone’s parent organization.

For more information, visit the Project Cornerstone website.

For more information about Developmental Assets please click here.

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