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Teen Programs

YMCA Teen Summer Programs

At the YMCA, teenagers have opportunities to get involved, give back, and develop leadership skills that will help them in school, life, and their future. With two programs geared to middle school and high school students, the Y is where teens can discover their potential and become inspirations to others -- as young people, as community members, and as tomorrow’s leaders.

  • LEADERS IN TRAINING: In Leaders in Training, pre-teens and teens, ages 11 to 14 meet for three-day sessions for eight weeks over the summer. On Tuesdays, they explore global problems facing society and how they, as leaders, can help solve them. Wednesdays are dedicated to fun yet challenging service projects. On Thursdays, teens end the week with a theme-related field trip. We also offer Before & After Care during Leaders In Training. 
  • SUMMER OF SERVICE: During Summer of Service, teens ages 15 to 18 meet three days a week for up to six weeks. Geared to teens who are very interested in service, the program empowers them be involved in the planning process of in-depth projects to be performed during the six weeks. 

What to expect

Leaders in Training and Summer of Service stand out from typical day camps. While they are fun and engaging, the programs challenge teens to work hard and put their all into serving others.  Teens are called on to participate in discussions, work as a team and fully engage in all service projects. Youth of all abilities who are willing to put in the time and effort are welcome!

Camp Locations

Leaders in Training (ages 11-14)

6155 S. Main St #220, Aurora, CO 80016 | Get Directions
720 870 2221
Hours: Tues., Wed., & Thurs: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. | Before and After Care is available for additional cost 7 - 9 a.m & 4 - 6 p.m.
Contact: Amy Louvier - alouvier@denverymca.org | 720 274 5759

 

For pre-teens and teens, ages 11 to 14 meet for three-day sessions for eight weeks over the summer. On Tuesdays, they explore global problems facing society and how they, as leaders, can help solve them. Wednesdays are dedicated to fun yet challenging service projects. On Thursdays, teens end the week with a theme-related field trip. We also offer Before & After Care during Leaders In Training. Cost: $120 a week. Youth will need camp forms and immunization record before starting camp.

Week 1: May 29 - 31: Support the Troops

Our service project will focus will be operation gratitude. Youth will create care packages to send to our troops. Field Trip: Cookout & Swimming @ Reservoir/beach/pool

Week 2: June 5 – 7: Food Bank

Our service project will focus on serving underprivileged in the community. Youth will give back and donate to local food banks. Field Trip: TBA

Week 3: June 12 - 14: Health & Food

Our service project will be going to the Ronald McDonald House. Youth will learn about healthy food types and healthy ways of life. Field Trip: TBA

Week 4: June 19 – 21: Environment

Our service project will be picking up litter and waste at local parks.  Youth will learn about the environment and ways to preserve wild life and nature around the world. Field Trip: TBA

Week 5: June 26 – 28: Law Enforcement Appreciation

Our service project will be serving those who help protect us every day such as firemen, police officers, first AID respondents. Youth will meet and greet firemen, police officers, first AID respondents and serve them a meal. Field Trip: TBA

Week 6: July 10 - 12: Awareness

Our service project will going project to but youth in other peoples shoes who are less fortunate. Youth will be making bags for Project Angel heart and brain storming other ways to give back during the school year. Field Trip: TBA 

Week 7: July 17 – 19: World Conflict

Our service project will going project to but youth in other peoples shoes who are less fortunate. Youth will be picking up litter in the park and brain storming other ways to give back during the school year. Field Trip: TBA

Week 8: July 24 - 26: Education

Our final week will be centered around education. youth will learn about the education system both in the US and around the world. Youth will be going service project about education.  Field Trip: TBA

 

Summer of Service (ages 15-18)

6155 S. Main St #220 , Aurora, CO 80016 | Get Directions
720 274 5759
Hours: Monday | Tuesday | Friday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Contact: Shai Baca - sbaca@denverymca.org | 720 274 5759

Summer of Service is geared to teens who are very interested in community service, the program empowers them be involved in the planning process of in-depth projects to be performed during the six weeks. 

  • SOS is only on Monday (Plan/Prep/Lesson for service project), Tuesday (Service Project) and Fridays
  • For ages 15 -18 year olds.
  • $50 a week (except first meeting =$0). 
  • Youth will need camp forms and immunization record before starting camp. 
Week 1: Informational Meeting - Learn more about SOS on May 29, 2018, Tue at 10:00 AM-12:00 PM (2 hours). No charge.
Week 2: June 4–8 (Mon, Tuesday, Friday) - Health and Food

Youth will examine health issues and work with organizations that help support families in need. Youth will be making a meal at the Ronald McDonald's House for the families who stay there. Youth will need camp forms and immunization record before starting camp.

Week 3: June 11 - 15 (Mon, Tuesday, Friday) - Environment

Through the exploration of environmental concerns, youth will take part in projects to help the environment throughout the Metro area. 

Week 4: June 18 - 22 (Mon, Tuesday, Friday) - Food Bank

Through the exploration of hunger, youth will take part in projects to help feed the hungry.

Week 5: June 25 – June 29 (Mon, Tuesday, Friday) - Support the Troops

This week's service project will be creating care packages for those who protect our country.

Week 6: July 9 - 13  (Mon, Tuesday, Friday) - Health (Crafts)

Through the exploration of health concerns, youth will take part in projects to help the those who can’t travel to attain their basic needs. Youth will decorate meal bags to add a special touch to the meals provided by Project Angel Heart. 

Week 7: July 16- 20 (Mon, Tuesday, Friday) - Law Enforcement Appreciation

Through the exploration of those who protect our city, youth will take part in projects to give back to Aurora Police officers.