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.

Leaders Club

Service Learning and Civic Engagement
Leaders Club is a YMCA-based leadership-development program for young people in middle school. This program provides them with extensive leadership training and volunteer opportunities that support YMCA programs and services to the community. In addition to teaching young people leadership through service, Leaders Clubs advisers

Young Entrepreneur Program

Fostering Entrepreneurship
Through a series of workshops and activities, young people learn how to turn their ideas into launching a business or social movement. Students learn workforce readiness and important life skills in a fun way. This program helps to create an entrepreneurial mindset and connects participant’s passion with defining a problem, finding solutions, and developing a pitch for their solution.

Young Men of Distinction (YMOD)

Entrepreneurial Leadership
YMOD is a leadership and entrepreneurship program that seeks to engage, empower, and educate males in middle school. Young people will have the opportunity to identify their passion, transform their ideas into a business or social movement, develop lifelong leadership skills and connect with mentors. Designed to strengthen and improve life outcomes for young males of color.

Youth and Government

Civic Education
Young people have the opportunity to learn first-hand how our state government works—not by watching, but by doing!

Y-Achievers Program

College and Career Readiness
The YMCA Achievers program of the YMCA of the USA is an academic achievement/career development initiative purposed to help young people set and pursue high educational and career goals. Our vision is for every high school students to have access to college and other career readiness resources through committed leaders and dedicated organizations in the community.

Youth Employment Services (YES) Indy

The Youth Employment Services (YES) Indy Program helps individuals looking for a job and/or hoping to continue their education. YES Indy is a free program funded by a grant through EmployIndy. The program identifies out of school young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who reside in Marion County and are in need of services.

Young Peoples Advisory Council

Leadership Empowerment  
The virtual Young Leaders Advisory Council is a program empowering young people ages 13-18 who will advise, inspire and shape how we build community. We are looking for motivated and dedicated young people to join us. As part of this representative group, participants will share their opinions on various issues that affect young people within the YMCA and the greater Indianapolis community.
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