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.
This is a program of The Indiana State Alliance of YMCAs. More information can be found at indianayg.org
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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.
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!
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.
Find Teen Programs
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.
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.
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® 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.
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.
We offer programs as diverse as the people we serve. We have an unparalleled selection of classes and activities—everything from personal training to foreign language classes to summer camp—all waiting for you and your family to explore. (Looking for group exercise and pool schedules? Click on the "schedules" tab above, then choose your location.)