Teen Leadership Programs

Teen Leadership at the YMCA

At the YMCA, youth ages 11 to 18 can find opportunities to learn and practice leadership skills and at the same time give back to their communities.

Through multiple programs going on year-round, teens build the confidence that comes from civic participation and develop team-building qualities that will help them succeed in high school and college and throughout life.

Activities and initiatives are in the works now for the following programs. Learn more:


Y Leaders (Ages 11-18)

Meetings are Wednesday evenings 6pm-7pm in the YMCA Teen Center

Under the supervision of YMCA staff, Y Leaders create team-based, youth-led projects to address real issues in the community. Y Leaders meet each wednesday evening  throughout the school year to identify ways to get involved, participate in service projects, and develop leadership and teamwork skills. 

Y Leaders also steer the YMCA’s Tobacco-Free Aurora Program, which is designed to create smoke-free parks, trails, and open spaces throughout Aurora.

Teen Center at Southlands Shopping Center, 6155 S. Main St., Aurora, CO 80016

For information on how to participate in Saturday service projects each month, contact RSloan@denverymca.org or call 720-870-2221.

Next service opportunity: December 3: Blanket-Making for Ronald McDonald House 1pm-4pm


Youth Leadership Workshop (Ages 13-18)

The Youth Leadership Workshop gives teens valuable experience needed for leadership positions in sports, job settings, or school programs. In this one-day workshop, teens will be led through a variety of activities and discussions on:

  • Peer pressure vs. peer leadership
  • Mental health awareness
  • Problem solving
  • Team-building
  • Job leadership skills

Teens will be supported in breaking out of their shells and discovering the leaders within themselves.  This program is great for sports teams, school clubs, young staff groups, etc.

Cost: $55 for 5 hour session

For information on how to bring the Leadership workshop to your group email rsloan@denverymca.org

Leaders in Training (11-14 years)

In this summer youth leadership program, middle school students volunteer, get involved, and see the impact they can have on their community, all while having fun. Each week, Leaders in Training campers participate in service learning initiatives at local agencies. They also go on interesting and educational field trips. Camp runs Tuesday through Thursday throughout the summer.

Check back in February of 2017 for LIT Themes

Cost: $100 per week. Non-refundable $25 deposit due at registration. Remaining balance must be paid prior to each week of camp.

Summer of Service (15-18 years)

Summer of Service is geared toward older youth who want to explore new opportunities in service. Youth participate in a week of meaningful leadership and volunteer projects throughout metro Denver. Summer of Service runs for four weeks, Monday through Friday.

Check back in 2017 for information on Summer of Service

Location: Aurora Family YMCA, 27151 E Lakeview Dr., Aurora, CO 80016

Cost: Varies by week and location