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Unlock Your Potential with YMCA’s Teen Leadership Programs!

At the YMCA, Teen Leadership programs stand as a cornerstone, offering an exceptional platform for young individuals to join their peers and delve into opportunities that enrich their interests and foster a deep understanding of leadership. We believe adolescence is the prime time to engage in experiences that shape future leaders. Join us in cultivating leadership skills that last a lifetime!


Experience Growth and Fun at the Angel Youth Center (AYC)!


AYC provides a secure haven where youth and teens can gather with friends, fostering an environment that nurtures play, growth, and inspiration. Through collaborative social, educational, and recreational activities, the center cultivates the potential of young individuals. Our array of programs, now expanding with FREE offerings youth fitness classes, teen volunteer programs, reading literacy sessions, and gardening, ensures a diverse range of opportunities.

For supervised children 8-11 year olds & unsupervised teens 12-17 years old, facility usage is capped at four hours daily.



Join our Leader in Training (LIT) program, an ideal opportunity for teens seeking to enhance their resumes, develop work experience, and build self-assurance. Through hands-on experiences that contribute positively to our communities, young individuals learn essential leadership skills. The 2023 session kicks off on August 29th at Northwest! Register anytime during the school year to participate. This year, our focus for 2023-2024 is Career Development. Don’t miss out on this chance to grow and serve!


Who can participate? 6th – 8th grade

What day is the program offered? Tuesday/Thursday

That time is the program offered? 4:30 -6pm

What are the program dates? During the School Year

Where is the program held? Northwest YMCA


No Cost! 


At the Y, we believe in strengthening communities by encouraging all people to inspire others and become agents of meaningful change. Youth and Government™ (YAG), a national YMCA program, empowers young people to do just that by giving them the opportunity to learn about—and experience—government policies and methodologies firsthand.


This unique program helps young people define the community action they wish to take and teaches them the legislative and judicial processes to facilitate social change. This semester-long program is hosted through several experiential virtual meetings. YAG leads participants through topics such as parliamentary procedure, political parties, media, voting, bill writing, and debate policy. The semester concludes with the Model Legislature & Court Conference held each year during the first weekend in December at the Arizona State Capitol. During this capstone experience, delegates will debate their bills in the State House and Senate, run for office, write a daily newspaper, and host State Supreme Court hearings. The Arizona Youth & Government Program is open to all Arizona students from 6th-12th grade.


Who can participate? 6th – 12th grade


Where are the programs located?


Catalina Delegation: Kicks off Fall 2024!

Meets Thursdays at El Camino Church from 6pm – 7:45pm


Tucson Northwest Delegation: Kicks off Fall 2024!

Meets Wednesdays at Northwest YMCA from 4:30pm – 6:30pm.

How to register? To register, please email: teens@tucsonymca.org

Need financial assistance?

Through fundraising efforts, we are able to offer tiered pricing and scholarships for membership and programs, click here to learn more! 

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