Teen Leadership Programs
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.
Under the supervision of YMCA staff, Y Leaders create team-based, youth-led projects to address real issues in the community. Y Leaders generally meet two Wednesday evenings a month throughout the school year to identify and plan ways to get involved in their community, participate in service projects, and develop leadership and teamwork skills.
Bi-monthly Wednesday meetings take place from 6pm-7pm in the YMCA Youth Center at the Southlands Mall (6205 S. Main Street, Aurora, CO 80016)
Y Leaders also lead the YMCA’s Tobacco-Free Aurora Program, which is designed to create smoke-free parks, trails, and open spaces throughout Aurora.
For information on how to participate in Saturday service projects each month, contact Mandy Martinez at 720 274 5759
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.