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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Events: 2021 Fall Events Calendar

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FAFSA Road Show

Applying for Financial Aid? Join us on the Road! We will be visiting the following YMCA’s to discuss the FAFSA process, so you can secure the funds you need for college:

  • Friday, October 1 – Tellepsen Downtown Family YMCA
  • Friday, October 8 – Mark A. Chapman YMCA at Katy Main Street & TW Davis Family YMCA
  • Tuesday, October 12 – Huntsville Family YMCA & Lake Houston Family YMCA
  • Wednesday, October 13 – Aldine YMCA at Wussow
  • Friday, October 15 – Trotter Family YMCA
  • Monday, October 18 – Perry Family YMCA
  • Tuesday, October 19 – Mission Woods Apartments in partnership with the Woodlands Family YMCA
  • Tuesday, October 19 – D. Bradley McWilliams YMCA
  • Thursday, October 21 – Wendel D. Ley Family YMCA
  • Friday, October 22 – M.D. Anderson Family YMCA

All events start at 6:30 pm and secure your spot today!


PREPARING FOR SUCCESS: Free SAT Workshop for Juniors & Seniors!

Hosted by Y Teen L.I.F.E. (Leadership, Inspiration, Fellowship and Education)

Our workshops are for high school juniors and seniors interested in improving the areas that will help them score highly on their SAT exam. Practicing often is the first step to success!

Registered participants will take a pre-test on September 11, then attend 8 weekly workshops at a local YMCA to prepare for the November 6 SAT exam.

Workshop Dates: September 13-November 1

Workshop Locations:

  • Houston Texans YMCA
  • MD Anderson Family YMCA
  • Fort Bend Family YMCA
  • Wendel D. Ley Family YMCA
  • Aldine YMCA @ Wussow Park
  • Brenda and John Duncan YMCA
  • The Woodlands Family YMCA at Shadowbend
  • Trotter Family YMCA (Hybrid)
  • Alief Family YMCA
  • Huntsville Family YMCA

The deadline to register is September 1.
Test scores will be shared on the same day of the test.

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Learn. Engage. Connect. YTL Virtual Experiences

Check out our Fall Y Teen L.I.F.E. workshops! Workshops help support healthy relationships, positive growth & development!

September 25th – A Courageous Conversation:

Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month — Join YTL and the YMCA of Greater Houston Hispanic Latino Leadership Network for a virtual celebration and conversation in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month.

September 28th – SAFE Dates: The Media Connection

Does the media feed your view of relationships?

Learn tips to help you and your friends defeat the myths of the medias role in relationships.

October 12th – HOPE & Teen Suicide Prevention (Parent Workshop):

Knowing when to step in can make all the difference for a teen! During this parent workshop, parents will have the opportunity to learn suicide intervention skills and how to start the conversation in hopes that their words reach not only their teen, but any teens in their reach. Ask questions and increase your awareness of teen depression, stress and suicide.

November 3rd – Wellness Wednesday:

Gratitude & Connectedness

In this month of Thanksgiving, it’s the perfect time to mindfully count our blessings and remember the things we are grateful for in our lives. In this workshop, you’ll discover the many bright spots in your daily life as a teen, as well as reflect on new ways to expand your feelings of gratitude and connection.

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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 take their passion for social justice to the next level, while connecting and collaborating with other youth leaders in a safe and brave space around issues that matter to them. Changemakers create plans and put them into action through grass roots organizing, topics of equity, social justice, advocacy and inclusion are all included in the Changemakers experience. 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 2022.

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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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