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.

Kids Night Out Teen Leaders Other

Teens work with children and peers earning them credit that can be applied toward Teen Leadership Development program fees and special events.

Grades 8-12

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Don Brevik at 253-460-8822

Summer Teen Volunteer Program Registration Required

2019 Summer Teen Volunteer Program

Make an impact in your community by working with kids ages 3-12 in the Summer Day Camp Program. Meet and work with like-minded teens from other schools; learn from college-age counselors; gain community service hours for school and/or college applications; gain invaluable skills working with kids and learn how to be successful in a workplace.  We would love you to join STVP and have a fantastic summer experience.  Training and preparation will be provided to be prepared for the summer.

Sign Up packets and training dates will be available at branches Friday, March 15, 2019.

  • Ages: 13-18
  • Dates: June 17 through August 30 (dates vary by branch)
    • Monday through Friday
    • 8:30am-4pm or 8:30am-12pm


  • Provide opportunities for teens develop work skills.
  • Increase program opportunities for teens.
  • Introduce teens to potential YMCA career opportunities.
  • Completion of a minimum of 40 to 80 hours of volunteer work per teen.
  • Teens obtain a positive experience with campers, peers, and counselors.

Ages 13 and 14: Assigned to Itty Bitty groups (ages 3 and 4) and/or Camp 56 groups (ages 5 and 6).

Ages 15 and 16: Assigned to age groups 9 or 10 and under.

Ages 17 and 18: Assigned to all age groups.Deadline to sign up: 

Friday, May 31, 2019: Pick up the Summer Teen Volunteer Program Packet at the branch Welcome Center or from the branch Day Camp Director, complete the Volunteer Application, provide three references with emails will be needed for the application to be finalized. 


Complete Volunteer Application. Sign or fill out the required documents with parent signature where needed, including application, waiver, job description, Code of Conduct, and Commitment Date Form (sessions in which to work).

Commit to two weeks of volunteering during the summer. The two weeks do not have to be consecutive. Teens may volunteer for more than two weeks of day camp; however, staff will have the ability to direct the volunteer to take a week off if exhaustion is a factor for the teen. Weeks need to be identified prior to the start of the summer. 

Attend all required trainings. Trainings will be scheduled between April and June. All trainings must be completed prior to the start of the summer season (See Training Schedule for dates and times).

In addition, all STVP participants will participate in at least one all Summer Day Camp branch training, to be conducted jointly with all Summer Day Camp staff for the purpose of establishing relationships with all STVP participants, counselors and day camp leadership structure. STVP 2s will be invited to the Association Day Camp Training.*

*Branch and Association training are highly recommended but attending both is not required to participate in STVP.

Beverly Eredia at 253-460-8977

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

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Don Brevik at 253-460-8822