Teen Leadership Programs | Denver YMCA

Teen Leadership Programs

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. All teen programs run out of the Aurora Family YMCA at 6205 S. Main St., Aurora CO 80016 or call 720 274 5759

Y Leaders

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 (6155 S. Main St #220 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

Register for Y Leaders Here!


Leaders in Training (11-14 years old)

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

Register Here Leaders In Training


Summer of Service (15-18 years old)

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 
  • $50 a week (except first meeting =$0). 
  • Youth will need camp forms and immunization record before starting camp. 

Register for Summer of Service Here