YMCA of Greater Houston

YMCA Teen Programs

Y Teen L.I.F.E. (Leadership, Inspiration, Fellowship, Education)

Y Teen L.I.F.E. programs provide opportunities for youth to realize who they are and what they are capable of achieving, while making friends and memories along their journey. 

Components include:

  • College Readiness Activities
  • Social & Recreational Activities
  • Mentoring
  • Leadership & Service Learning Activities

For more information on a Y Teen L.I.F.E. program near you, please contact Sherry Bernard at sherryb@ymcahouston.org.


YMCA Youth & Government

YMCA Youth & Government is a national program of the YMCA that involves thousands of teens nationwide in 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.

Youth & 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.

YMCA Achievers

Youth Development Programs | YMCA HoustonThe purpose of the YMCA Teen Achievers is to assist youth and teens in preparing, pursuing and achieving post-secondary education (college, university, technical education or armed forces) and career goals of their choice.                                             

For more information about YMCA Achievers, click here.

YMCA Leaders Clubs

Leaders Clubs help develop youth ages 12 to 18 as leaders while fostering a culture of service. With adult advisors, teens have role models and mentors who can have a positive impact on their lives as they grow in their desire and ability to be a positive force in the community.