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.

academic enrichment

  • 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

  • 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.  Take a look at the Parent Handbook and Registration Packet now! Visit the California YMCA Youth & Government website for more information or email Sherry Gutsch or call 805.642.2131 ext. 16 for more information. 

help support our Y&G students!

  • Buy a Christmas Tree or Wreath from the Y this year!  There are three ways to purchase:
    1. Ask one of our Y&G delegates
    2. Register online below or by clicking here
    3. Stop by the Welcome Center to fill out a paper application



    • Teen Leadership Program: An 18-week program in which incoming high-school juniors and seniors work through a leadership development course. 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. Registrations end Jan. 19. Fill out the registration packet now and click here for the flyer. Contact Sherry Gutsch for more information and for the next program start date. 
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