Y Teen L.I.F.E

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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Y Teen L.I.F.E

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.

Join these open chat sessions. Talk about things that matter, learn helpful homework tips, share ideas, connect with old friends and make new ones! Teens will be divided into middle and high school groups.

Events: YTL Spring Calendar

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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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Youth Changemakers: Youth Activism

Changemakers is our newest Y Teen L.I.F.E. Club and is designed for young people who are ready to take their passion for social justice to the next level. Changemakers connect and collaborate around issues that matter to them. Changemakers provides a space for youth leaders to create plans and put them into action through grassroots organizing; topics of equity, social justice, advocacy, and inclusion are all included in the Changemakers experience.

MEETING DATES: Coming Soon!
TIME: 6:30 pm

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Leaders Club: Leadership Development & Service Learning

Leaders Clubs help develop teens as leaders while fostering a culture of service. With adult advisors, teens have role models and mentors who can have a positive impact on their lives as they grow in their desire and ability to be a positive force in the community. Leaders Club teens work in small groups to identify their interests, and connect those interests to volunteer and service-learning projects in their community.

MEETING DATES: Coming Soon!
TIME: 6:30 pm

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YMCA Texas Model United Nations

In this program, students 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 2021.

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Texas State Youth & Government: Civic Engagement

YMCA Youth & Government is a national program of the YMCA that involves thousands of teens in state-organized model-government programs. Students from every corner of the U.S. have the opportunity to immerse themselves in experiential civic engagement and to, quite literally, practice democracy.

YMCA Youth & Government students have a better understanding of the workings of the government, foster an understanding of other’s problems and understand the concept of unity as it applies to the political process. Please note that there is an additional registration process through the State Program. Details will be shared with those registered through Houston’s delegation.

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Leaders In Training (LIT)

The Future Is Now! YMCA Leaders In Training(LIT) is an 8-week summer experience that provides teens ages 13-15 with positive workplace experience and leadership skills while developing positive social supports. All interested teens must complete an application and go through an interview process.

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