YMCA of Greater Houston

YMCA Teen Programs

Youth Development Programs | YMCA Houston

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 Youth Achievers

The 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.

Components Include:
College Tours Social & Recreational Activities
Self-esteem Workshops College Scholarships       
Educational Reinforcement Personal Guidance
World of Work Seminars SAT / ACT Workshops
Career Clusters BusinessTours
Recognition Events    Mentoring
For more information about teen programming, please contact Patty Schnabel at pattys@ymcahouston.org.