Y Teen L.I.F.E. (Leadership, Inspiration, Fellowship, Education) provides opportunities for youth to realize who they are and what they are capable of achieving, while making friends and memories along the journey. Programs engage middle and high school age students in fostering a culture of service, provide opportunities to set goals and learn how to share their voice, while being supported by caring adult mentors. All of this is accomplished through our club-based program model that emphasize youth voice, youth engagement and youth leadership. YTL teens change the world while having fun and establishing positive friendships that last a lifetime.

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Find your vibe with Y Teen L.I.F.E.! Join YTL for a year of serving, leading and learning! Club meetings start the week of September 11. All registered YTL teens will have access to complimentary weekend events and experiences including college tours, volunteer projects and a holiday retreat. Click here to view the fall schedule.



“As we serve others we are working on ourselves; every act, every word, every gesture of genuine compassion naturally nourishes our own hearts as well.” – Ghandi

Join YTL on Saturday, November 11 at the Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA for our Service Saturday Event. Not only will this day be packed with service and leadership development, but also team building games and fellowship.

Our November service projects include care packages benefitting teens at Covenant House and holiday boxes to support Operation Christmas Child and Samaritans Purse.

Care package items needed include winter gloves, socks, feminine hygiene items, general hygiene products and canned food.

Shoeboxes and small toy/trinket items are needed for Operation Christmas Child. Click here to view the list of items.

Teens of all ages are welcome to join and serve, but registration is required at the link below.

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Life Changing Moments Happen Here: Volunteers Needed for YMCA Youth & Government District Conference

YMCA Youth and Government creates an environment in which teens increase their political awareness and understanding while learning the meaning of social action through hands-on experience in government. These hands on learning experiences coupled with positive peer interaction and nurturing adult support, helps teenagers become responsible culturally aware citizens and leaders of our nation.

On November 18, Y Teen L.I.F.E. will host its District 3 Youth & Government Conference. During the conference middle & high school teens will debate their bills, proposals and present their cases in competition.

We are currently seeking supportive positive adults to serve as volunteers for the conference in various capacities including evaluators for Legislative, State of Affairs and Mock Trial sections. Shifts vary and there is a place for everyone!

Date: Saturday, November 18

Time: 9am-5pm

Location: University of Houston Downtown

Lunch provided.

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Y Youth Council

Are you looking to showcase your leadership skills? Apply to be part of the Y Youth Council! The YYC is seeking dynamic youth leaders in grades 10-12.

The members of YYC use their voices and influence to advise on programs, events and opportunities by Y Teen L.I.F.E..

The YYC is looking for teens that are:

  • Proactive – taking action is a habit
  • Positive Thinkers – always plan and think from the optimistic side
  • Highly Motivated – the ideal candidate can see the big picture of a project and encourages others to join
  • Team Players

If this sounds like the perfect fit, apply by clicking the button below!

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Achievers: College and Career Readiness

The National YMCA Achievers program was founded by Mr. Quintin Mease in Houston, TX in 1967 to provide African American teens with a positive sense of self and aspirations for professional careers in the workforce. Today, the purpose of the Houston YMCA Achievers Club is to help teens set and pursue high educational and career goals resulting in graduation and acceptance to an institution of higher learning. Through academic aid, career exploration and mentoring, this clubs helps teens to raise their academic standards, develop a positive sense of self, build character, explore diverse college and career options.

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Changemakers: #ForSocialResponsibility

Changemakers is designed for young people who are ready to connect and collaborate with other youth leaders in a safe and brave space around issues that matter to them. Changemakers Club meetings are held at the Houston Texans YMCA, Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA and the Alief Family YMCA.

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Leaders Club: Leadership Development & Service Learning

Leaders Club is designed to help teens ages 12-18 foster a culture of service, build character, establish a place of belonging, develop strong social and academic skills, and shape a healthy lifestyle through spirit, mind, and body. Leaders Club teens will work in groups to identify their interest, and connect those interest through volunteerism, service-learning projects, and teen led special events. With the help of positive adult role models, the YMCA has created a safe space for teens to direct their energy to positive outcomes and develop leadership skills. Young leaders will grow the skills to become successful youth in the community, their schools, their peer groups, and on their career paths.

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YMCA Texas Model United Nations: Global Engagement

Texas Model United Delegates simulate the United Nations as member states who meet to solve pressing global problems with the art of compromise and diplomacy. The Texas Model UN State Assembly is a three day, two night conference for high school students that creates a working replica of the United Nations, conducted almost entirely by students. Delegates can participate in a model General Assembly, Economic and Social Council, Security Council, Media Corps and more. This program cycle will begin in February 2023.

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Texas State Youth & Government: Civic Engagement

YMCA Youth & Government offers a unique and memorable opportunity for teens to immerse themselves in experiential civic engagement. As a YAG delegate participants increase their political awareness while learning the meaning of social action. Delegates practice democracy through:

  • Mock committee meetings, and debating and voting on bills.
  • Participating in mock trial court or appellate court.
  • Specializing in Legislative, Judicial, Media and State of Affairs Forum.
  • Attending the YAG Government District Conference in Houston and the State Conference in Austin.

Young people learn about the democratic system and are trained in parliamentary procedure, legislative committee process, debate, press relations, and lobbying techniques.

Our YAG program builds a teen’s confidence and nurtures their leadership skills.

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