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.



Character is what counts at the Y, where our values and mission shape our culture. If you or someone you know has a passion for working with kids and families, the Y is the place to be. Our staff members have the unique opportunity to gain valuable experience in a positive atmosphere while making a difference.

Y Teen L.I.F.E. is hosting a hiring fair for teens on Saturday, April 27 from 10 am-1 pm at the Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA. Bring your resume and be able to be hired on the spot! Positions are available starting at ages 16 and older, 18 and older for Summer Day Camp Counselors.

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Through the Boys and Young Men of Color (BYMOC) strategy, Y Teen L.I.F.E. will provide a safe space for young men to express themselves, nurture their unique identities and learn important life skills from caring adults. Opportunities and experiences with BYMOC builds on and invest in pathways to success to help boys & young men of color reach their full potential.

BYMOC participants will engage in social-emotional learning, cultural awareness, sports, community service, college and workforce readiness and much more.

The program is open to males between the ages of 12-18.



Invest in your future, connect with industry professional and learn essential skills for LIFE! This stipend internship is a This stipend internship is a 6-week experience open to high school students in grades 10-12 and has three main goals:

  • Career Exploration: Provide teens with a stipend opportunity to explore potential career paths and gain real-world experiences in their field of interest.
  • Skill Development: Help teens develop valuable transferrable technical and soft skills that are relevant to their future career path and success in the workforce.
  • Personal Growth: Foster personal growth and self-confidence through challenging and meaningful work experiences that are inclusive and diverse.

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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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