Teen Leadership

Kitsap Mock Trial Team

Kitsap Mock Trial Team: This program connects high school students with local attorney coaches to argue fictional cases in real-world courthouse settings, introducing students to the legal system.  $85 per student. 

Mock Trial season runs October 25, 2017-March 2018  |  Practices on Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30pm



Zak Padayao at 360-307-4013 

Safe Sitters Babysitting Training

Safe Sitters Babysitting Training: Covers skills required for a safe babysitter; supervision and play with children of various ages, basic child care, basic first aid, safety precautions, accident prevention, and critical emergency action skills. Must attend both days of training (when applicable) to complete certification. Y-Members - $55  |  Community Members - $65


Edna Cox at 360-307-4041

Counselor in Training Program

Ages:  14-17
Training Week:      $130 for YMCA Members // $160 for Community Members
Fieldwork:             No fee 

Training Weeks:    July 2-13, 2018 (must attend and pass entire two week program)

CIT Fieldwork:       Weekly July 16-August 24 


Zak Padayao at 360-307-4013


The YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties Counselors-in-Training (CIT) program is a progressive, experiential, education course designed to help young people develop their awareness and basic skills of youth work leadership and enhanced with an intentional leadership development design.  This workforce development curricula is designed to develop the people and technical skills necessary to be an effective, competent and compassionate youth-worker, possessing all of the core competencies the YMCA recognizes are vital to success as a counselor in either a YMCA Day Camp or our Y After School Setting.

While it is not “working” at camp in the same sense as a staff member, as a CIT, participants are still technically a youth participant and therefore bound by many of the same rules and restrictions as regular campers.  CIT is a training program that teaches leadership skills.  CITs are not paid and they are not guaranteed a staff position at the completion of the program.

The YMCA’s CIT program teaches management and leadership skills, providing basic training in such areas as child abuse prevention, time management, curriculum development.  The CIT curriculum exposes participants to all of the same training that YMCA counselors must go through, and if possible, more training.  Participants will alternate between hands-on experiences working with a specific age-group or shadowing adult counselors and classroom and learning-based experiences including group discussing, panels, workshops, and lectures.  Participation in CIT programs can lead to leadership opportunities at school, the YMCA, in extracurricular activities and employment opportunities. 


Zak Padayao at 360-307-4013

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