Teen Programs

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Teens find the YMCA a place where they can have fun, spend time with friends, learn new things, be themselves, and learn to make a difference. Many locations have rooms dedicated to hosting the activities youth and teens enjoy most. Activities include sports, organized games, cool activities that youth and teens can relate to, computer labs, and homework help after school. Other offerings include teen night, teen centers, counselor and leadership training camps, youth strength training, Teen Leaders Club, and volunteer opportunities. All teen programs are not available at all locations.



Teen Leaders Club

Leaders Club is a program where the YMCA recruits teens from the community to strengthen their leadership potential. The Y believes a Leader should be strong mentally, physically, and spiritually! Leaders Club works toward this goal by focusing on leadership, character, fitness, and service. Leaders Club is driven and led by the teens. There are two divisions Middle School Junior Leaders Club and High School Leaders Club. With this being a “teen-service based” club, the teens have a voice and vote on various activities throughout the year. The club year operates with weekly meetings, retreats, and service projects. The YMCA of the Virginia Peninsulas Leaders Clubs also participates at Blue Ridge Leaders School.

Youth and Government

Youth and Government is a teen program that introduces teens to speech and debate plus how it can be used to transform their community. The high school program allows tens to represent the YMCA when it comes to bringing positive change to the Y’s footprint. Throughout the year, the teens get to research policies and laws set in the state that impacts fellow youth, teens, and families. In the spring, the teens have the opportunity to bring a mock bill or amendment to the Virginia capital at Model General Assembly (MGA).

Teen Volunteers

Volunteer at the YMCA and help lead children in games, crafts, and sports. Teens between the ages of 16 and 18 can volunteer in our Child Watch center and help supervise children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. They can also volunteer in our Youth Watch center and help supervise children ages 6-12 years.

Teen Open Basketball

This member service is for teens looking to play basketball and have fun. Teens can participate in pick-up games, shoot hoops, and have some fun.

Teen Nights

A fun and exciting night of basketball, volleyball, and swimming and socializing. Supervised by trained YMCA professionals of course!

High School Teen Night

Come spend a supervised evening of fun and excitement at the YMCA. Activities such as basketball, swimming, board games, interactive computer games, and more are available. Grades 9 – 12 only. Must present school ID to attend.

Middle School Teen Night

Friends, fun, and excitement? With professional YMCA staff supervision, enjoy swimming, games, and activities in a night reserved just for middle-schoolers.

Teen Center Nights

Every Saturday, teens enjoy a safe environment with open gym, movie/café, and game room.

Teen Wellness

Teen Strength & Conditioning Level I

This structured, supervised strength and conditioning program helps teens increase their overall muscular strength and flexibility while teaching them basic strength training fundamentals and concepts. Level I is centered around teaching teens how to properly use the selectorized equipment within the Wellness Center.

Teen Strength & Conditioning Level 2

This program is slightly more advanced than Level I. It is designed to teach teens how to make the transition from selectorized equipment to free-weight exercises. Participants in this program have either taken Strength and Conditioning Level I or are currently enrolled in Level I.

Teen Summer Camp

Ready to break away from the traditional camp setting? This program gives teens opportunities to have fun and make new friends. Teens are encouraged to develop their social, teamwork and leadership skills through active participation in community service projects, character development discussions, field trips, games, swimming, and more while enhancing their self-esteem and confidence. This program is held in ten one-week sessions during the summer.

Counselor In Training

This camp is offered in three-week sessions. Teens must apply and interview for a position in the camp. Designed for teens that already possess social and team-building skills, this camp focuses on opportunities for teens to gain leadership training and development. Teens are challenged to reach their highest potential through service projects, character development discussions, childcare training, and leading children in traditional camp activities. Teens are involved in weekly field trips, swimming, and fitness activities. There is a minimum number required to run this program. Apply at the Y.

Our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.