Looking for fun and enriching activities for your teen? The Y is offering opportunities for your teenager to get involved, learn and have fun through participation in service-learning projects.

For more information, email YTeenLife@ymcahouston.org.


Y Teen L.I.F.E. programs provide opportunities for youth to realize who they are and what they are capable of achieving, while making friends and memories along their journey. 

Components include:

  • College Readiness Activities

  • Social & Recreational Activities

  • Mentoring

  • Leadership & Service Learning Activities

For more information on a Y Teen L.I.F.E. program near you, please email YTeenLIFE@ymcahouston.org.


YMCA Texas Model United Nations is a youth development program in which students simulate the United Nations as member states who meet to solve pressing global problems with the art of compromise and diplomacy. Join us and change your world. 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.


YMCA Youth & Government is a national program of the YMCA that involves thousands of teens nationwide 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.

Youth & Government students gain confidence; leadership skills, develop the art of public speaking and the ability to accept defeat without discouragement. They learn to organize ideas clearly, concisely and persuasively. 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.


The purpose of the YMCA Teen Achievers is to assist youth and teens in preparing, pursuing and achieving post-secondary education (college, university, technical education or armed forces) and career goals of their choice.                                          


Leaders Clubs help develop youth ages 12 to 18 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.

Counselor in Training (CIT) and Leader in Training (LIT) Teen Leadership Programs at Camp

The camp environment provides a unique opportunity for youth to build leadership skills, particularly in assisting counselors with younger campers. The goals of CIT and LIT camp programs are to teach the general skills of leadership that can be used at school, home and community (not just at camp.) For younger camp leaders (ages 13-15), the curriculum includes working with younger kids at camp, but often includes community components like volunteering at senior centers or Ys. Counselors-in-Training or "CITs" are the oldest campers who typically want to apply for a job at camp the next summer, maybe as a Junior Counselor or some other supporting role. They need to learn more specific skills for working with kids and co-workers, and more experience planning and leading activities. Both programs give kids age-appropriate challenges that build their skills, confidence and capacity for working with people of all ages.