Find Teen Leadership Programs

Through our leadership programs, the Y strives to ensure that every young person has an opportunity to envision and pursue a positive future. Building a strong foundation in leadership early in life encourages youth to take an active role in strengthening their communities as adults. Participants in our leadership programs can expect to make new friends, find the support they need and gain the confidence to challenge themselves.

The Y provides a variety of opportunities for teens to get involved in our community as leaders. The Ys leadership programs are tailored to help our teens provide services to others in our community through social development, as well as obtain personal growth.

Youth and Government

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

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

Y-Achievers Program

Teens Build Foundation to Achieve Educational Success

The goal of the Y-Achievers Program is to assist youth and teens with adults on a pathway that leads to higher education. All youth and teens in our program are given the opportunity to learn about career planning, college options (post-secondary education), vocation training programs, college enrollment process, financial aid and scholarships. Dynamic workshops and college tours generate excitement and motivation while exposing these youth and young adults to opportunities to build a strong foundation for success.

The Y-Achievers Scholarship luncheon is an afternoon of fellowship and celebration of our college-bound students. This event includes lunch, guest speakers, and a chance to network with other businesses and YMCA professionals. Your sponsorship has the power to change lives, and the dollars raised through our Y-Achievers Scholarship Luncheon provides scholarships that allow deserving youth to go to college.

Avondale Meadows YMCA cordially invites you to join us as we impact the lives of our youth and families in the community. Please contact us at 317.549.9622 for more information.

Teen Leaders Club

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!

Youth Advisory Council

Teens, Join the Advisory Council and Have Your Say

The YMCA Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a structured youth-led governance body that serves the mission of promoting and improving teen programming throughout the Avondale Meadows YMCA. YAC determines program direction, provides input on policy and plans fundraising events and activities.

Teen L.I.F.E.

Teens Learn Essential Skills for Everyday Living

Learning Important Favorable Education or L.I.F.E., is a class that will teach high school aged kids important everyday life skills. We will discuss specified topics such as how to file taxes, how to tip servers, researching jobs, creating a budget, etc.

Real Talk

Christian Fellowship Program for Teens

Looking for a program to help your child explore Christianity in a safe and supportive atmosphere? The YMCA offers a free teen Christian program for kids ages 11-18 the third Thursday of every month from 4:30-5:30pm. Teens will meet at the Y and will have guest speakers, fellowship, and a little of the “spoken” word.

Teen Service Trips

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.

Safe Sitter® is a nationally recognized instructional program for teens. The new design teaches accident prevention, emergency response, child development, behavior management and the business of babysitting through games, activities, and role plays. Courses are offered at centers, during after school programming, and during summer camp.

Safe Sitter®

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.

Girl Scout Exclusive Safe Sitter®

Earn Your Babysitting Merit Badge

If you have a troop or a Girl Scout who needs to earn their babysitting badge, we have partnered with the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana to offer Girl Scout only classes. We offer the same course content as the Safe Sitter® course.

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