Teen Leadership

Teen Leadership programs at the Y surround young people with mentors, role models, and values to help them grow into the caring, honest, respectful, and responsible community leaders of the future.

Counselor in Training Registration Required

During this two-week summer camp, participants learn the skills necessary to be an effective summer camp counselor. Councelors in Training may be offered volunteer positions for the remaining weeks of summer.


Our Counselors in Training (CITs) go through a two-week training period before they can become a volunteer for day camp. CITs will focus on what it means to be a leader at camp, at the YMCA and in the community. Our CITs go through similar training the camp staff receives, including being trained in child abuse prevention, CPR/first aid, how to lead games, songs and behavior management training. The first week of training is class-based. In the second week, CIT's will start working with a day camp counselor as their assistant. Once they complete two weeks of training they will be able to volunteer at any other weeks of camp and act as a counselor's assistant.


Youth and Government Other

What is Youth and Government? 

This non-partisan eight-month program is designed to give teens a "hands-on" experience running a model state legislature. Youth and Government provides teens the opportunity to become civically engaged in an environment that is not only educational but exciting and fun!

Teens may run for elected positions as state officers, take on the role of a legislator, work as a reporter, or push to pass laws as a lobbyist. Investigate, research, write bills, debate important issues facing our state/nation, and pass mock laws. Learn and practice leadership skills, meet state and local officials and become familiar with state government in a fun and exciting way!

Grades 7-12


Our delegation meets on Tuesdays from 4-5pm, grades 8-12. Cost is $405 for members and $455 for community members. These fees cover events throughout the year as well as our Youth Legislature trip in Olympia where our delegation will join delegates from across the state to debate their bills in the House and Senate over 4 days in May.