A branch of the Channel Islands YMCA

a branch of the Channel Islands YMCA

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Education & Leadership

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.

Like all Y programs, Education and Leadership is open to all, with financial assistance available.

Jr. High Camp

Jr. High camp is being held at our La Honda school site. Teens will learn leadership, job skills, and how to research colleges. There is still time for plenty of fun like field trips to the Flower Festival, SLO Museum, and Zoo To You. Click on the title for more information on Teen Camp. 

Youth and Government 

A program that dates back to the late 1930s, is a national program of the YMCA. It involves thousands of teens nationwide in state-organized model-government programs. In Youth and Government programs, teens from across the state meet in their local clubs throughout the year to discuss and debate issues that affect citizens of their state and to propose possible legislation to make state government more efficient. The program culminates with the teens serving as delegates at their state conference, debating bills on the floor of the legislature. As a result of the program, young people learn about the democratic system and are trained in parliamentary procedure, legislative committee process, debate, press relations, and lobbying techniques. Delegates learn by doing and have the opportunity to try their hand at leadership in an open and receptive learning environment.

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Program Goal: To develop young men and women who will be better citizens by being both knowledgeable and active in determining the future of our democracy


  1. To provide training and experience in understanding the legislative process
  2. To develop critical thinking and analytical abilities
  3. To provide active participation in the legislative process
  4. To develop interpersonal communication skills
  5. To provide awareness of social issues and their possible solutions
  6. To provide opportunities to hear and respect varying viewpoints
  7. To encourage active participation in political and public affairs


  1. Leadership training
  2. Public speaking and critical writing workshops
  3. Community activism, civic engagement, and applying political leverage
  4.  Academic enhancement through the development of research, reading, and writing skills 

STEM 101 and Robotics

Students engaged in the YMCA Robotics Team focus on teamwork and problem solving. We use this hands-on after school program, involving science and technology, to inspire innovation to foster self-confidence, communication, and leadership. For more information please contact our Youth Development Director.

CPR and First Aid

The YMCA offers Redcross Certified classes for the community, please contat the YMCA for more information Information Desk.


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