All kids have great potential
EDUCATION & LEADERSHIP
Leadership and academic enrichment programs such as tutoring, Achievers Clubs, Youth and Government and college preparation, make sure that every child has an opportunity to envision and pursue the best possible future.
EARLY EDUCATION CENTERS & PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS
YMCA Early Child Development Centers focus on providing a safe and nurturing environment where children are encouraged, challenged and engaged. Our program delivery is rooted in our four core values of caring, respect, responsibility and honesty. This approach, coupled with our experienced and trained staff, provides the atmosphere that children need to grow up healthy, happy, and prepared to face their futures.
The YMCA’s School Age Enrichment Program serves children from kindergarten to sixth grade. Our programs nurture the spirit, mind, and body, giving children the ability to develop and reach their full potential.
The YMCA offers programs and opportunities for homeschooled students to supplement their education.
Tutoring & Mentoring
The YMCA’s tutoring and mentoring programs provide students with guidance in and out of the classroom.
Started in Houston, TX in 1967 to provide African American teens with a positive sense of self and aspirations for professional careers in the workforce, the purpose of YMCA Black Achievers is “to help teens of color set and pursue high educational and career goals resulting in graduation and acceptance to an institution of higher learning.” Black Achievers programs meet weekly or bi-weekly throughout the year at local YMCAs, high schools or college campuses all over the country. Through academic aid, career exploration and mentoring, this program helps youth to raise their academic standards, develop a positive sense of self, build character, explore diverse college and career options, and learn from role models who inspire them to greater heights.
Youth in Government
Youth in Government is a national program of the Y 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. Teens from across every state meet in their local Youth in Government groups throughout the year to discuss and debate issues that affect citizens of their state and to propose legislation. The program culminates with teens serving as delegates at their state conference, debating bills on the floor of the legislature
Art & Humanities
The Arts and Humanities programs offer children the opportunity to express themselves through programs designed to encourage creativity while learning about the arts.
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 goals of CIT and LIT camp programs are to teach the general skills of leadership that can be used at school, home and community. Both programs give kids age-appropriate challenges that build their skills, confidence and capacity for working with people of all ages.
Service Learning Resources
The Y helps youth identify their interests, and connecting those interests to volunteer and service-learning projects in their community.