Education & Leadership for teens

Our South Bay Family YMCA offers education and leadership opportunities for teens year-round.
Here are some of the programs being offered:

Campus Crawl

Campus Crawl Camp is a week of college exploration as youth participants will visit four local Colleges and Universities in an effort to promote education and inspiration regarding college life. Participants will take guided tours, attend workshops on college readiness and get a jump start on knowing the academic requirements for college admission and overall campus life.

Leaders In Training (Training)

LIT Training consists of a comprehensive training
program that prepares participants for LIT Field Work. Training modules include: individual leadership, resume development, CPR & First Aid certification, professional conduct, interview skills, youth development & supervision, child abuse prevention, risk management, and program & activity development.

Leaders In Training (Fieldwork)

LIT Field Work consists of providing opportunities for youth to gain valuable work experience and job training as a Youth Leader in a YMCA Youth Camp program. Participants will work side by side with YMCA staff in order to provide supervision and programming to elementary age youth. YMCA Youth Leaders will facilitate games and activities, accompany camps on field trips and assist in the maintenance of a safe and receive community service hours for time spent assisting in YMCA Camp Programs.

Model United Nations

California YMCA Youth & Government offers the Model United Nations (MUN) program, which began in 2001. Middle school students, called ambassadors, participate in the program with their peers. While engaged at the YMCA, they are given the opportunity to discuss international issues, discover other cultures, develop life enhancing skills, and make new friends. The four-month program culminates when ambassadors from around the state meet at the YMCA’s annual Model United Nations Summit in Irvine, California.

Youth & Government

California YMCA Youth & Government’s Model Legislature & Court (ML/C) has been the state’s premier youth leadership and civic development program since 1948. The ML/C creates a six-month learn-by-doing experience that teaches the values of democracy by bringing together a cross-section of the state’s high school students. This program provides them with the opportunity to experience government first-hand and to learn how to solve community problems through the democratic process as well as debate and discuss issues with their peers from throughout California.