Youth Empowerment Programs

The YMCA offers a variety of specialty classes, programs and services for teens to help them give back, read ahead, work out, learn a new skill and meet friends.


The YMCA offers a variety of specialty classes, programs and services for teens to help them give back, read ahead, work out, learn a new skill and meet friends.

Youth Empowerment Solutions


Coming in 2021!

Program development in progress; please stay tuned for more info.

Young Entrepreneurs Program


Dream about starting your business? Success is much greater if you have the right knowledge, tools and resources. Adult advisors mentor and train young people to improve their entrepreneurial skills and turn their ideas into a business or social movement.

This program is specially designed for young people to connect their passion with the solution to a problem, develop a pitch for their solution, and perform the pitch live or on video.

The program will have one Zoom meeting per week. All programs will also use Google Classroom along with the Google Suite (Docs, Sheets, Forms, etc.).

Young Men of Distinction (YMOD)


Coming in 2021!

Program development in progress; please stay tuned for more info.

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.

 Objectives:

  • 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

Activities:

  • 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

Y-Achievers Program


Teens Build Foundation to Achieve Educational Success

The Y-Achievers program helps young people identify what success means to them and what steps they need to take to achieve their goals. Y-Achievers will become aware of the wide variety of post-secondary options available, including college, vocational training, and military service. Youth will develop a positive vision for the future while researching a variety of career paths, understanding personal strengths, and navigating financial aid systems. The program will have one Zoom meeting per week. All programs will also use Google Classroom along with the Google Suite (Docs, Sheets, Forms, etc.).

Project Empower


Program development in progress; please stay tuned for more info.

Young Peoples Advisory Council


For middle and high school students

Program development in progress; please stay tuned for more info.

Programs & Activities