The YMCA cares about teens. The YMCA cultivates teen leaders. The YMCA 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, and fun, recreational events.
Our teen programs include:
Magnolia Middle School Teen Center
Teens can come Afterschool to study, play sports, participate in enrichment activities, such as cooking, arts, music, and service projects, or just relax and hang out. Teens can meet new friends and have fun. In addition, the YMCA provides teens an opportunity to learn leadership skills and get involved in a series of volunteer and fundraising projects.
School Year Day Camp/Teen Center
Come spend a fun filled week at the Northwest YMCA Teen Center! Activities include group games, cooking projects, swimming, and walking field trips to local parks. The highlights of each week are field trips that range from bowling to amusement parks.
Leader in Training Program (LIT)
Each summer here at the Northwest YMCA we offer Teen Leadership Camps as part of our Summer Day Camp Program. Teen Leadership Camps are specifically designed for our future leaders. The program operates in three phases:
These statewide programs promote hands-on learning about democracy and leadership, as well as our core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
YMCA Model Legislature & Court (MLC)
• Expand awareness of and engagement in our legislative process.
For additional information, please contact Sabrina Ippolito, Teen Program Director, at 408-351-2457, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
YMCA Model United Nations (MUN)
Dodge Ball League (Ages 9 to 14)
Our Dodge Ball leagues are designed for all ability levels. The only prerequisite is that participants are open to learning about fair play and teamwork.
For more information, contact the Northwest YMCA at 408-257-7160.
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.