Teen Leadership Programs
The Community YMCA Teen Leadership programs create the opportunity for youth to participate in model government, learn more about themselves and develop positive skills before entering their college years.
We achieve these goals through the following programs:
- Leaders Club
- Youth & Government
- Model United Nations
- Teen Achievers
- Girls Circle
Each of these programs welcomes diverse, age-appropriate students and works in concert with our local school districts and their calendar year.
The Community YMCA Leaders Club works with middle and high school students to focus on developing positive life skills and leadership qualities by connecting the club to community service projects with local non-profit organizations. In addition to volunteering, the Club conducts exercises in democratic decision-making, assessing and understanding community needs, understanding cultural diversity and team building projects. The Club meets weekly during the school year.
Youth & Government
The YMCA’s Youth & Government program affords high school students the opportunity to write their own legislative bill and debate it in the actual New Jersey Senate/House Chambers in Trenton. Our program participants will spend one weekend a year with other teen teams from throughout New Jersey to debate and secure passage of their proposed bill which culminates with a visit to the Chambers in Trenton, where students will present their bills.
Model United Nations (Model UN)
The Model United Nations program affords high school students the opportunity to research and debate issues of international importance. Each year our Model UN Club will have the privilege of debating other teams on their selected issues. The importance of this program is the students gaining an appreciation of international affairs and cultural differences. Each year, The Community YMCA’s Model UN program culminates at the YMCA Model United Nations Conference, held in January in Hershey, PA.
The Community YMCA Teen Achievers program is open to all adolescents ages 12-17. Groups meet locally at a school and/or community center. The program offers practical guidance about preparing for college, provides students the opportunity to improve academically and develop a successful career path. The Achievers Program provides the participating teens with mentoring, assistance with college readiness and support for a successful school to work transitions. Participating students are provided an opportunity to connect with fellow peers and adults who care about their success, participate in skill building workshops and seminars, and experience Career Days and visits to local colleges for campus tours. For more information and a list of meeting locations, call 732.784.6614. The Achievers Program also offers a paid internship program for those who qualify.
Girls Circle encourages the development of strength, courage, confidence, honesty and communication skills in girls, ages 12-18. The goal of the program is to enhance girls’ abilities so they are able to take full advantage of their talents, academic interests, career pursuits, and potential for healthy relationships. Groups meet weekly in 8- or 10-week sessions at four community locations.
Boys Council *new progam*
This a strengths-based group approach to promote boys’ and young men’s safe and healthy passage through pre-teen and adolescent years. The Council meets a core developmental need in boys for strong, positive relationships. In this structured environment, boys and young men gain the vital opportunity to address masculine definitions and behaviors and build their capacities to find their innate value and create good lives - individually and collectively! Groups of six to ten boys of similar age and development meet weekly for eight to ten weeks or more, depending on the capacity of the setting.
To register your teen or for more information on program fees and a list of participating schools and locations, please call 732.784.6626 or 732.784.6614.