Feeling a sense of belonging, preparing for college, and developing attitudes that will shape their future are critically important during formative teenage years. That’s why we created programs where teens can feel safe, build their self-esteem, and connect with others.

Our teen programs and clubs are designed specifically to help teenagers learn important leadership and character development skills by participating in customized courses tailored for their age group and interests.


Teen Lead Program

(Leadership, Exercise, and Academic Development)

Teen Lead is after-school program that focuses on public service, academic achievement, environmental awareness, character development and physical fitness for 7th-12th graders.  During this 8-week course, participants meet once a week, are required to attend at least two workshops and volunteer at least one YMCA sanctioned event to receive credit or 30 hours or leadership/community hours. 

From this program teens gain: 

  • Self-confidence by learning to accept and overcome challenges
  • Self-esteem by creating a solid network of friends and growing into role models for their peers
  • Involvement in community service projects
  • Support to finish high school and prepare for college
  • Life skills workshops to prepare them for a positive future

For more information on our Lead program, visit your local Y. 


Teen Leadership Club

Teen Leadership Club is and after school program that provides support for middle school kids. Through this program students receive assistance with educational support (homework time), opportunity to participant in arts and enrichment and health and wellness programs and build development and team-building through community service and volunteer projects. 

For more information on our Lead program, visit your local Y. 


Junior Leaders Club

Junior Leaders Club is a service learning program for teens, which focuses on important skills and initiatives, such as:

  • Community service
  • Social development
  • Leadership training
  • Teambuilding
  • Having fun!

Each teen plays an active role and achieves personal growth through goals that they define for themselves, as well as those established by the Club. The program is a way for to connect, earn volunteer hours, share new experiences and create life-long friends while promoting leadership. 

This club also offers a Teen Leadership Summer Camp.  

For more information on our Lead program, visit your local Y. 


Teen Summer Club

Teen Summer Club provides weekly activities that foster learning, exploration and fun. From science to sports and arts to adventure, we nurture the potential of teens by creating opportunities to try something new, build self-esteem, and form lasting friendship. 

For more information on our Lead program, visit your local Y. 


Camp Counselor-In-Training (CIT) & Leadership

Under the guidance of adult camp counselors and directors, our Camp Counselor-In-Training (C.I.T.) program assigns participants to cabins to act as leaders and mentors for younger campers.

To qualify as a Counselor-In-Training, teens must be entering 10th, 11th or 12th grade in the fall semester. C.I.T.s receive leadership training and valuable volunteer hours that can be counted towards their high school graduation requirements. All participants must volunteer a minimum of five hours each day, from 10:00am to 3:00pm, and may volunteer more if desired.

Leadership through caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.  

For more information on our Lead program, visit your local Y. 


For additional resources, please visit our Teen Resource Center.