YMCA Teen Leadership Programs

The Y is a cause-driven organization focused on three key areas: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We believe a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors.

The YMCA provides opportunities for all teens to get involved in programs that build a sense of self worth.

Teen programs at the YMCA give youth a positive adult role model, purpose and passion life, and tools for academic success. Programs focus on the spiritual, mental, social and physical health of teens.

For more information, please contact Don Brevik at dbrevik@ymcapkc.org or 253-460-8822

Teen Leadership Development Registration Form 2018-2019

Teen Leadership Development Calendar 2018-2019

Youth Leadership Development Club

Grades: 7-12
Dates: Every Thursday
Time: 7-8:30pm

What is YLD Club? Youth Leadershp Development Club 2

With something for everyone, YLD Club is a weekly leadership club that provides a variety of experiences for teens in grades 7-12. 

Leadership skills are cultivated in teens by building relationships and developing those skills in a fun, safe, open and supportive environment.

By participating in YLD Club, our goal is that you will experience a sense of belonging, hope and purpose as well as an increase in cultural competences and character development skills.

Youth Leadership Development Conference

Grades: 7-12
Dates: May 17-20, 2019
Location: British Columbia, Canada
First Meeting: March 11, 2019 from 7-8:00pm at Morgan Family YMCA


What is YLD Conference? Youth Leadership Development Conference

This is a four day, three night experience for teens in grades 7-12 who are in leadership programs in YMCA’s throughout British Columbia, Canada, and Washington State. This conference is held at YMCA Camp Elphinstone, on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia. YMCA’s from around Washington and British Columbia, Canada bring teen groups together for four days during Canada’s “May Long Weekend” to experience the unique program YLD Conference provides. 

YLD is packed from start to finish from the day you walk into camp. The core program is based on a carefully crafted themed manual of activities that each family group facilitator uses to encourage the kind of discussion and sharing that leads to friendship, trust, and self discovery.

Youth and Government

What is Youth and Government? Youth and Government

Celebrating its 72nd year in Washington state, 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!

The program starts early Fall 2018 with weekly or every other week meetings (depending on the delegation) and culminates with the 72nd YMCA Youth Legislature early May 2019 at our state capitol in Olympia.

YMCA Based Locations

Tacoma Delegation

Grades: 8-12
Dates: Tuesdays
Time: 6:30-8pm
Location: YMCA Advancement Center (4701 S 19th St, Tacoma 98405)
First Meeting: October 9, 2018

Tacoma Delegation Calendar 2018-2019

Mel Korum Delegation

Grades: 8-12
Dates: Fridays
Time: 3:30-5pm
Location: Mel Korum Family YMCA
First Meeting: October 5, 2018

Mel Korum Delegation Calendar 2018-2019

School-Based Locations

You can also find Youth and Government at Springfield, First Creek, Baker, Ford, Keithley, Gray, and Stewart Middle Schools in addition to Washington and Franklin Pierce High Schools. Check with your school for specific information regarding Youth and Government.


Pacific Region Conference

Grades: 9-12
Dates: Friday, November 29 - Monday, December 2, 2019

Pacific Region Conference

Join other high school teens from Washington and Canada over Thanksgiving Weekend for the 2019 Pacific Region Conference (PRC).

The goal of PRC is to provide a safe, supportive environment for teens to explore diverse topics with their peers. Topics can range from identifying values, building communication skills, to relationships and making choices. Many former participants and advisors have called PRC a life changing event.

Kids Night Out Teen Leader

If you are a self-motivated, positive teen in grades 8-12 then we want you as a Kids Night Out (KNO) Teen Leader.Kids Night Out Leader

From September through June, KNO is a giant sleepover once a month for youth ages 5 to 10 at the Morgan, Lakewood and Mel Korum Family YMCAs. KNO is also a fundraiser for teens who are registered and an active particpant in any of these Teen Leadership Development programs.

Your role as a group leader, unit leader or support staff is to help bring each KNO alive while creating a safe environment for the youth you work with. Expectations are high for our leaders to ensure they and the youth they serve are having the best experience possible. 

Teens gain experience working with children and peers while earning "credit" that can be applied toward Teen Leadership Development program fees. Training and a specific KNO Teen Leader application is required. 

KNO Training Information:

Winter 2019 Training

Date: Saturday, January 13, 2019
Time: 1:30-5:30pm
Location: Morgan Family YMCA
Bring: KNO Teen Leader Application
Contact Don Brevik for KNO Teen Leader application.

Summer of Service - Sioux YMCA

Summer of Service 2016 RoundedCome join other young teen leaders from our Y and participate in this once in a lifetime, unique and impactful cultural experience. This opportunity allows us to work alongside the Sioux YMCA, located in Dupree, South Dakota.

The Sioux Y brings fun and healthy activities to youth living in the isolated communities across the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Reservation. It is a reflection of the Y’s commitment to provide all youth on the reservation with access to positive developmental activities and role models. Our visit is a great “first step” toward developing lasting relationships and learning about the Lakota people, their culture, history and their story.

Summer of Service (SOS) Details

Entering Grades: 10-12 (in Fall 2019)
Dates: August 2-14, 2019
Separate registration form is required.

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