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.
|YMCA Youth & Government
YMCA Youth in Government is a national program of the Y that involves thousands of teens nationwide in state-organized, model-government programs. Students from every corner of the U.S. have the opportunity to immerse themselves in experiential civic engagement and to, quite literally, practice democracy. Teens from across every state meet in their local Youth in 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.
Education & Leadership programs vary by location. For details, contact the YMCA nearest you.
Counselor in Training (CIT) and Leader in Training (LIT) Teen Leadership Programs at Camp
YOUTH & FAMILY SERVICES YMCA
The Youth and Family Services branch of the Channel Islands YMCA is dedicated to offering social services to the youth and families of Santa Barbara and its immediate surrounding areas.
YFS Programs include:
Isla Vista Teen Center serves as a drop-in center for young people, away from gang activities, alcohol and drugs providing quality after school programs.
Noah’s Anchorage Youth Crisis Shelter, an eight-bed licensed group home, providing temporary shelter for foster children, runaway and homeless youth, and young people in crisis ages 10-17.
Support and Outreach Services reaches out to youth living on the streets of our community, offering basic needs assistance, counseling, case management, and referral services as well as assistance with housing information, job search and life skills.