Feeling a sense of belonging, preparing for college, and developing attitudes that will shape their future is critically important during formative teenage years. That’s why we created programs where teens can feel safe, build their self-esteem, and connect with others.


Teen Summer Programs

We are putting together Teen leadership teams to develop volunteer projects over the summer!

If you are interested in getting involved and helping decide on volunteer projects, putting those projects into action, or just helping during one of the events, considering joining the YMCA Give Summer program at one of our local branches.

Teen Leadership Teams will develop projects to serve their community such as:

  • Assisting a local official with a service project
  • Develop their own project for their neighborhood (such as TreePeople or Helping at an Animal Shelter)
  • Or other ideas the group comes up with!

Contact your Regional Teen Director to get involved today!



Upcoming Event

How Money Works—Financial Literacy Program

Teens! – Join us for this 5-week course and learn about saving, budgeting and college planning! In partnership with D.A. DAVIDSON, you will gain Insight on best practices to save and budget your money. Participants that complete this program will receive 20 hours of community leadership hours.

To learn more about this program please contact Rachel Diaz at RachelDiaz@ymcaLA.org.

WHEN: June 15, June 22, June 29, July 6, July 13

TIME: 4:30PM - 6:00PM

LOCATION: Virtual Zoom




Leaders-In-Training Program 

Looking for ways to impact your community? In support of our Summer Teen Initiative, Give Summer, we are inviting Teens to apply to be Leaders-In-Training for our licensed-exempt day camps.

Interested teens would be interviewed and vetted by our Regional Teen Department and if successful, would then be invited to complete the online training.  Once that is completed, the Regional Teen Department will reach out to the participating branches to see if they are interested in accepting the Teen Leader-In-Training to assist a few hours a week at a branch day camp center. 

Participating YMCA Branches include:

  • Culver-Palms Family YMCA
  • Gardena Carson YMCA
  • Ketchum Downtown YMCA
  • Mid Valley Family YMCA
  • Pasadena-Sierra Madre YMCA
  • South Pasadena-San Marino YMCA
  • West Valley Family YMCA

For more information or to get started, please contact Casey Banks at CaseyBanks@ymcaLA.org.



Teen Lead Program at the Ketchum Downtown YMCA

(Leadership, Exercise, and Academic Development)

Teen Lead is after-school program that focuses on public service, academic achievement, environmental awareness, character development and physical fitness for 7th-12th graders.  During this 8-week course, participants meet once a week, are required to attend at least two workshops and volunteer at least one YMCA sanctioned event to receive credit or 30 hours or leadership/community hours. 

From this program teens gain: 

  • Self-confidence by learning to accept and overcome challenges
  • Self-esteem by creating a solid network of friends and growing into role models for their peers
  • Involvement in community service projects
  • Support to finish high school and prepare for college
  • Life skills workshops to prepare them for a positive future

For more information on our Lead program, contact Rachel Diaz at RachelDiaz@ymcaLA.org.

For additional resources, please visit our Teen Resource Center.

For more information about Teen Programming offered at the LA Y, contact Casey Banks at CaseyBanks@ymcala.org