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.
- Homeschool Enrichment Classes: The Y provides a variety of classes for homeschool students. Please check out our youth programs class guide for current offerings.
youth civic engagement
- Model UN: A four-month program in which middle-school aged youth (grades 6th-8th) role-play current events as “Ambassadors” to the United Nations. Participants join local YMCA delegations and select a country they wish to represent. Student Ambassadors research their country’s position on a variety of international issues and create resolutions to be debated in one of the organs of the Model United Nations. Contact Sarah Abrams for more information.
- Youth & Government: A six-month program in which high-school aged delegates, (9th-12th grades) role play the various positions of the California State Legislature and the State Court systems. Students participate by joining local YMCA delegations. Within these delegations, they create bills to be submitted to the Model Legislature, research and practice court cases, and attend the three annual Model Legislature & Court conference. Contact Sarah Abrams for more information.
- Teen Leadership Program: A six-week program (Mondays, June 24th through July 29th) in which imcoming high-school juniors and seniors work througha leadership development course, let by licensed psychologist and master Executive Coach, Dr. Relly Nadler. In this exclusive group of 10 teens, students will learn principles, such as emotional intelligence and decision making skills,bettering them as a person and as a leader. Contace Kate Bucey or Sarah Abrams for more information.