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 


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.

For more information about YMCA Youth & Government, please contact Patricia Osborn at patriciao@ymcahouston.org.

YMCA Youth 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.

  • Assist students and their parents in identifying and qualifying for financial resources to continue their post-secondary education.

  • Raise the academic standards of youth.

  • Expose students to diverse career options.

  • Provide youth with role models whose success and knowledge will inspire them to reach their personal goals.

  • Create channels for continuing community involvement by business and industry.

  • Recognize and promote excellence.

For more information about YMCA Youth Achievers, please contact Sherry Bernard at sherryb@ymcahouston.org.


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. 

For more information about YMCA Leaders Clubs, please contact Jackie Nagle at jackie.nagle@ymcahouston.org.