Find Teen Programs & Activities
At the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, we offer programs and activities geared to help teens gain personal growth, find their inner leadership, and to think beyond themselves through service to others and social development.
We want to create an environment where teens are able to recognize their potential and take the initiative to become involved in their community where they can make a difference. At the Y, teens have multiple opportunities to meet their educational goals as well as to learn the skills needed to become responsible adults and lead by setting good examples. But it’s not all work and no play for our Y teens as we afford time for recreation, socialization, and special themed activities such as basketball, cooking, music, and swimming. Step inside and find a teen program just right for you.
Unless otherwise noted, please visit the Member Services Desk for registration information.
Teen Swim Lessons
Beginner: (Ages 13+)
Designed to help non-swimmers feel comfortable in the water
Swimmers progress at their own pace and learn the enjoyment of water activities. Each session meets once a week for 6 weeks.
Intermediate: (Ages 13+) Designed for swimmers who feel comfortable in the shallow and deep ends of the pool, but now need to develop their swimming stroke. This class is not intended for those only needing technical refinement. Each session meets once a week for 6 weeks. For advanced instruction ask about MultiFit Alpha.View Days & Times
Teens (Grades 7-12) Practice Democracy and Civic Engagement
YMCA Youth and Government is a program of the YMCA that involves thousands of teens nationwide in local or 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. The program is separated into middle school and high school components.
Youth and 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.
- To provide training and experience in understanding the legislative process
- To develop critical thinking and analytical abilities
- To provide active participation in the legislative process
- To develop interpersonal communication skills
- To provide awareness of social issues and their possible solutions
- To provide opportunities to hear and respect varying viewpoints
- To encourage active participation in political and public affairs
- Leadership training
- Public speaking and critical writing workshops
- Community activism, civic engagement, and applying political leverage
- Academic enhancement through the development of research, reading, and writing skills
This is a program of The Indiana State Alliance of YMCAs. More information can be found at indianayg.org
or, please contact:
- Avondale Meadows YMCA – Chris Tolliver – 317.549.9622
- Baxter YMCA- Kenny Daniels – 317.881.9347
- Benjamin Harrison YMCA Harrison – Amber Miller – 317.547.9622
- Hendricks Regional Health YMCA – Alysson Baise – 317.273.9622
- OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA – Janaule Bennett – 317.297.9622
- Ransburg YMCA – Amanda Finch – (317) 357-8441
Teens Gain Leadership Skills and Confidence Volunteering in the Community
Do you want to do something different and unique for your spring break? Join us our one of our teen service trips! We will travel to many different domestic locations while taking part in the service activities and learning what it is to be an active volunteer in your community. This is a great trip for you and your friends to do together. Not only will you get to visit a new area in the US you will get a chance to serve like you have never served before.Email Us
Teens Prepare to be Better, Safer Babysitters
Safe Sitter® classes cover accident prevention, emergency response, child development, behavior management and the business of babysitting. Safe Sitter manual and kit are included. Sign up required. Course content is medically accurate and follows guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Phone: (317) 273-9622
Teens Experience Leadership First-Hand at the YMCA
Come discover the leader in you at the Y! Teen Leaders Club provides youth the opportunity for leadership training, personal growth, service to others and social development. Clubs will coordinate and implement service projects, collaborations within their community, college and career exploration, volunteer and fundraising opportunities. Teens lead their club, with adult guidance and mentorship. Learn leadership through community and school service. The Teen Leaders group meets twice a month to discuss and plan upcoming service projects, fundraisers, and Teen Night Events! Teens also have the opportunity to attend state-wide conferences and go on fun trips!Email Us