Teen Activities may be impacted by social distancing and public health mandates. Please contact your local branch and visit the Health Resource Page for up-to-date information.
The YMCA offers fun, engaging, character-focused programs developed specifically for teens and tweens. Our dedicated staff listens to participants and helps them navigate the stresses, changes, and choices that come with adolescence. Building relationships with these responsible adults and other young people from different backgrounds gives young adults the inner strength to navigate the path to adulthood successfully.
Youth & Government
Youth & Government is a model legislature and court program for high school students that offers insight into government processes and knowledge to solve community problems by utilizing democratic processes. By stepping into roles of judges, lawyers, or Youth Governors, participants research, write, and debate to pass their own bills in an attempt to resolve real issues. The program includes trips to Fresno and Sacramento, collaborating with over 3,000 students across the state to experience the legislative world and meet California senators, assembly members, and judges.Sign Up
PILOT (Progressive Individual Leadership of Teens) is a student-led program committed to promoting community service and volunteerism. Students are challenged to create and implement service projects benefitting their communities. Every month, 11-15-year-olds plan, prep, and implement their projects before celebrating accomplishments. Through fellowship and hard work, PILOTs aim to instill a foundation of compassion, leader, and service in participants.Sign Up
Through Teen Fitness, participants develop healthy living practices to improve their wellness, gain strength, endurance, and confidence. Teens aim to learn and understand the components of physical fitness, while a Y fitness staff member leads a cardiovascular workout, endurance and strength training, and flexibility exercises.Sign Up
Teen Night at the Y
Teens can gather with their friends in a supervised and enriching environment while enjoying themed activities, swimming, sports, music, and more! This event provides a special opportunity for teens to engage in healthy activities and explore all of the benefits that the Y has to offer.SIGN UP
With YMCA sleepaway camps, adventure time is always on. In these programs, campers are immersed in the outdoors—staying in villas or cabins during the night and exploring nature throughout the day. Activities vary by camp but commonly include recreational water activities, hiking, and sports. By the end of the program, campers will leave with an adventurous spirit and new friends.LEARN MORE
If your teen is looking to gain interpersonal and leadership skills, Youth Adventure Leadership Program (YALP) is a program that develops teen leaders through an overnight backpacking trip. YALP operates concurrently with Camp Fox, offering an opportunity for these emerging leaders to mentor younger campers. To join, an application and interview are required; community service hours will be granted upon completion.LEARN MORE