Teen Leadership programs are a hallmark of the YMCA. We work every day to help children and teens set and achieve their personal and educational goals. As a result, they gain confidence in recognizing the Y as a place where they belong and can feel comfortable exploring new interests and passions.
Youth and Government
Teens from across every state meet in their local Youth and Government™ groups throughout the year, to discuss and debate issues that affect citizens of their state and to propose legislation. The program culminates with teens serving as delegates at their state conference, debating bills on the floor of the legislature.
Through our leadership and academic enrichment programs such as Mentoring, Youth in Government, and Model United Nations, the Y makes sure that every child has an opportunity to envision and pursue a positive future, and take an active role in strengthening his or her future. Click here to fill out the interest form for more information, or register online today.
Youth Technology Incubator Leadership Council
The YTI Leadership Council will also work together to develop materials for and deliver a public service announcement combating substance abuse and supporting teen mental health. The program provides the necessary tools to gain and utilize skills such as civic engagement, persuasive speaking, and project planning.
If you have a child who’s interested in the political process and wants to learn more about international relations, diplomacy, and critical thinking, our MUN program is an ideal extracurricular activity for them.
Volunteers Needed at Outdoor Science Camp
Cabin Leaders spend 5 days in the redwoods (typically Monday-Friday) helping make outdoor school a positive and safe environment for students. Cabin Leaders receive a full day of training before students arrive. In training you will learn behavior management, child abuse prevention, appropriate games to play and stories to tell, and much more. To be a cabin leader you must be at least 15 years old, in 10th grade or greater, and in good academic standing.
College Tours for Teens
Workshops for Teens
In more than 10,000 communities nationwide, our staff members of all ages and from diverse backgrounds and life experiences enjoy the personal satisfaction that comes from nurturing the potential of youth and teens, improving the nation's health and well-being and providing support to our neighbors.