Teen Leadership programs are a hallmark of the YMCA. We believe this is the age to join your peers and experience opportunities to deepen your interests and understanding of the importance of becoming a leader!
Leader in training (lit)
Our LIT program is the perfect way to develop work experience, boost your resume, and gain confidence! We teach young teens how to be leaders through hands-on experiences that benefit our communities and themselves! For teens looking to build skills and serve others, the Leader in Training program is the perfect fit! Our 2023 program begins on August 28th at Mulcahy and August 29th at Northwest!! Register at any time throughout the school year. Our focus for the 2023 -2024 school year is Career Development!
*All LIT participants receive a FREE YMCA family membership (good for one year)*
Northwest YMCA (7770 N Shannon Rd)
6th – 8th Grade
4:30pm – 6:00pm
August 29, 2023
Click on the Register Now button. Type “Youth Leadership” in the the search box to register. Teens must have a program membership (annual fee), a Youth facility membership (monthly fee) or a Family facility membership (monthly fee) to register. For more information on membership options, Click Here.
Mulcahy/City YMCA (5085 S. Nogales Highway, Tucson, AZ)
6th – 8th Grade
4:30pm – 6:00pm
August 28, 2023
Youth & Government
Youth and Government™ is a national program of the Y that involves thousands of teens nationwide in state-organized, model-government programs. Students from every corner of the U.S. have the opportunity to immerse themselves in experiential civic engagement and to, quite literally, practice democracy.
Teens from across every state meet in their local Youth and Government™ groups throughout the year, to discuss and debate issues that affect citizens of their state and to propose legislation. The program culminates with teens serving as delegates at their state conference, debating bills on the floor of the legislature.
The Y makes sure that every child has an opportunity to envision and pursue a positive future, and take an active role in strengthening their future. Click below for more information!
y teen summer camp
Join the Y Teen Camp! Teens will engage in challenging and fun learning experiences designed to spark their curiosity, strengthen their confidence, and equip them with leadership skills. Participants will partner with the Y staff to plan daily activities and field trips based on their interests. They will also explore Youth Voice, Volunteerism, Art & Social Justice, Youth Leadership, and more. Teens attending the camps form lasting bonds while connecting with peers in group projects, community development, and serving as role models to younger Y Summer Day Camp participants.
2024 Registration Dates:
12 – 15 years
past Camp Themes:
WEEK 1 : JUNE 5 – JUNE 9 “YOUTH VOICE”
We are stronger together when we use our voices to support our peers!
WEEK 2: JUNE 12 – JUNE 16 “WE THE PEOPLE”
Let’s take a journey into culture, while celebrating each other along the way!
WEEK 3: JUNE 19 – JUNE 23 (NO PROGRAMMING ON JUNE 19TH) “SELFLESS SQUAD”
Have you ever volunteered before? Now is the time and our community deserves our gratitude!
WEEK 4: JUNE 26 – JUNE 30 “YMCA BREAKING NEWS & TOP STORIES, UP NEXT”
Want to get creative? Let’s tell Y stories through photos we take and videos we make!
WEEK 5: JULY 3 – JULY 7 (NO PROGRAMMING ON JULY 4TH) “ART & SOCIAL JUSTICE”
Art is expression…expression fosters change. Time to explore Tucson and learn from local talent!
WEEK 6: JULY 10 – JULY 14 “I CAN DO GROWN THINGS”
Everyday life has its ups and downs, let’s focus on the positive and build character while young-adulting!
WEEK 7: JULY 17 – JULY 21 “WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS”
What goes into having a career? Teens are the future and preparation is key!
WEEK 8: JULY 24 – JULY 28 “THE ROLE MODEL IN YOU”
Every child needs a role model, now it’s your turn to be the one that children look up to!