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.


Give Summer Program

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!



Career Readiness Workshop with NBCUniversal



LOCATION: Virtual Zoom

LEARN about the basics of career networking and CHAT with NBCUniversal employees in small, informal groups where you will…DISCOVER careers and career paths at NBCUniversal including their Page Program and Internship Program as you…SHARE about your own education and career aspirations!



Learn How Money Works!

Moneywise — Financial Literacy Program

In partnership with D.A. DAVIDSON, you will gain Insight on best practices to save and budget your money. Past participants that completed this program received 20 hours of community leadership hours.

To learn more about this program and future financial literacy programs offered at the LA Y, please contact Rachel Diaz at RachelDiaz@ymcaLA.org.

Moneywise - Financial Literacy Program

It's never too soon to start learning how to save, budget and invest in your future!

Full Summer Session is available to watch now!



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 Sheldon Gibson at SheldonGibson@ymcaLA.org