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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.

To register for any of our Teen Leadership programs, please fill out the following registration form and return it to Don Brevik.

Teen Leadership Development Calendar

Registration form

Please contact Don Brevik at 253-460-8822 for more information.

Kids Night Out Leadership

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

From September through June, KNO is a giant sleepover once a month for youth ages 5-10 at Morgan Family YMCA. KNO is also a fundraiser for teens who are registered and an active participant in any of the 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 specific KNO Teen Leader application is required.

Contact: Don Brevik at 253-460-8822.

Leadership Development Program

Teens learn valuable skills while working with kids and participating in service learning projects at camp and in their communities. Teens may earn credit to help them pay for YMCA programs. 

For more information visit Camp Seymour.

Pacific Region Conference

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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.

Each year's conference theme will be developed through small and large family group activities, themed events and other special touches throughout the weekend, and will focus on identifying and striving toward our goals for the future.


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

Contact: Don Brevik at 253-460-8822.

Summer of Service

Summer of Service 2018v2Come join other young teen leaders from our YMCA and participate in this once in a lifetime, unique and imapctful cultural experience. This opportunity allows us to work alongside the Sioux YMCA, located in Dupree, South Dakota.

The Sioux YMCA brings fun and healthy activities to youth living in the isolated communities across the Cheyenne River Indian Reservartion. It is a reflection of the YMCA'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 relationship and learning about the Lakota people, their culture, history and their story.


Grades: 10-12
Dates: August 2-14, 2019
Contact: Don Brevik at 253-460-8822


Youth and Government

Youth and Government smCelebrating 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.

Imagine if you had the power to create or influence any law or to change someone’s mind just by using your voice.  You can and it is with YMCA Youth and Government.

Youth and Government empowers over 500 teens, in grades 8-12, to become “civically engaged” in a non-partisan, hands on and up close look at our state government by running a model state legislature at our capitol in Olympia.


Grades: 8-12
Dates: Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm
Location: YMCA Association Office (4701 S 19th St, Tacoma, WA 98405)

“Speak Up, Speak Out, Speak Often”

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

Youth and Government Parent Handbook

Tacoma Delegation Meeting Calendar

ContactDon Brevik at 253-460-8822.

Youth Leadership Development Conference

Youth Leadership Development Conference

This is a four-day, three-night experience for teens in grades 7-12 who are leadership programs in YMCAs throughout British Columbia, Canada and Washington state. This conference is held at YMCA Camp Elphinstone on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia.

Youth Leadership Development Conference 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 that leads to friendship, trust and self discovery.

The standard YLD events include a fun dance, campfire, a themed dinner, large group games, new friends and much more.


Grades: 7-12
Dates: May 17-20, 2019
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Pre-meetings are highly encouraged prior to leaving for the conference
First pre-meeting: March 11, 2019, 7-8pm
Location: Morgan Family YMCA

Contact: Don Brevik at 253-460-8822

Youth Leadership Development Club

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Youth Leadership Development 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 development 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.


Grades: 7-12
Dates: Every Thursday
Time: 7-8:30pm
Location: Morgan Family YMCA

Contact: Don Brevik 253-460-8822

Early Learning

This class is for children learning a topic for the first time or to enhance and reinforce existing skills, this class includes instruction in reading, writing, counting and simple math, science, music, art, and more.

For more information, contact Haley Armour at 253-460-8836 or by email.

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