COMMUNITY YOUTH SERVICES
The Community Youth Services branch brings teen programs to communities by working with schools, churches and other community-based organizations.
Teens are an important part of our communities! The YMCA of Greater Cleveland believes in the positive development of teens through programs that teach leadership skills, develop character, provide positive social activities, and encourage community involvement.
Programs are based on a developmentally-specific program philosophy, with YMCA character development and asset building as a foundation.
The YMCA uses a planned approach to enhance our core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith throughout all its programming areas.
This teen program focuses on college preparation, leadership development, character development, and career exploration. The program is open to all students.
Students are connected with adult mentors who assist them in reaching their goals and provide opportunities for direct hands on career exploration.
Activities include life skills seminars, career clusters, cultural workshops, college fairs, peer leadership opportunities and more!
Adult Achievers/Steering Committee
Are you an adult or a business that is interested in making a positive contribution to the youth in your community? If so, please consider being on our steering committee.
Model United Nations (Model U.N.) provides area youth an opportunity for hands-on involvement with international issues and solutions, fostering a greater appreciation for our global community.
The goal of the program is to increase awareness of international affairs by learning about U.S. policies and international organizations. This is accomplished by learning the cultural traditions, history and policies of foreign countries and providing first-hand experience with the compromises and trade-offs faced to reach agreements on major issues.
Teens from the Greater Cleveland area increase their knowledge of international affairs and foreign countries while becoming familiar with national policies.
Program participants join their peers at the culminating regional conference, the General Assembly, where they build international consciousness through their role-play as members of the United Nations.
Participants are expected to:
How You Can Help
As a nonprofit agency, the YMCA offers many of its programs at minimal cost to youth, making support from the community vital. There are a number of ways the community can help:
Youth in Government
Click here to watch a video from the Governor of the State of Ohio .
WE ARE OHIO YMCA YIG!
A National YMCA Program
A fun and exciting way to learn about government!
The Ohio YMCA's Youth in Government Program enhances development of the American democratic process for young people through participatory training in the theory and practice of the Ohio state government.
Teens in the program learn about the legislative process, how to write and research bills, and how to participate in elections. Their work culminates in teens serving as delegates at their state conference, debating bills on the floor of the legislature. Some teens have actually made bills into laws!
The YIG program seeks to build, encourage and strengthen life assets and character traits that will help teens become involved and responsible adults. All YIG activities are designed with the following goals in mind:
Providing leadership training and preparation to meet the needs of a democratic society
Stimulating interest and awareness of US and state government’s function
Creating opportunities for civic engagement and awareness of prominent social issues
Developing self-confidence and self-expression while fostering tolerance and understanding of others’ point of view
Cultivating the application of moral and ethical valuing processes to public policy makingNotable alumni of the Youth in Government program include:
If you want to shape your city, this is the place for you! Contact the Y at (216) 263-6805
Hawthorne Valley Council
Castle High School
OHIO YMCA YIG ALUMNI
Alumni are still a vital part of our organization. We are proud of the huge number of teens who have left our programs and make an effort to spread the YMCA mission in all sectors of public life including (but not limited to) politics, social work, education and ministry.
Alumni of the Ohio YMCA Youth in Government are instrumental to the continued success of each of our programs. Some alums serve on various committees, some serve on the Board of Directors, some serve on advisory councils, some serve as a local delegation advisor, some serve as Staff Assistants at state conference, some volunteer with various profession services, and many chose to contribute financially. For more information on how you can become more involved as an alum, email our State Director Charlie Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click link below to register as an alumni of Youth in Government.
Leaders Club is one of the YMCA's most intensive and comprehensive teen programs, providing opportunities for leadership training, personal growth, service to others and social development to area youth.
Bringing young people from the Greater Cleveland area together on a weekly basis, teens work with their peers and counselors on engaging skill and character-building activities as well as on planning and organizing club projects.
To promote and enhance the personal growth and social skills of young people in order to develop leaders who will be positive advocates for the Greater Cleveland community
How You Can Help
As a nonprofit agency, the YMCA offers many of its programs at minimal cost to youth, making support from the community vital.
There are a number of ways the community can help:
The Living in Female Empowerment program is about empowering girls, ages 8-15 at various stages of development.
While it includes leadership, character development, and career exploration components, the central aim of the L.I.F.E. program is to help girls as they make the transition from girlhood to adolescence.
The program strives to help young ladies become respectful, respectable, and confident young women who are able and unafraid to make positive decisions.
Join the L.I.F.E. program and become empowered! Call (216) 263-6805 for information.
L.I.F.E. Program Locations
Downtown YMCA, 2200 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland
Meeting times Coming Soon
The program operates in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District at the following schools:
Teen Center at the Downtown YMCA
Looking for a place to hang out after school? Check out the Y Teen Center!
There’s tutoring, games, homework help and Y Teen Clubs.
Other activities that take place through the Teen Center include School Day Out Field Trips and more!