For our young people, the right guidance and support can make a real difference in figuring out who they are and what they can achieve. The Y is committed to nurturing teens and college students to help them grow strong roots for success.

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Contact the Healthy Youth Program Director at your Y to learn more.

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Inspiring young leaders

Through our leadership programs, the Y strives to ensure that every young person has an opportunity to envision and pursue a positive future. Building a strong foundation in leadership early in life encourages youth to take an active role in strengthening their communities as adults. Participants in our leadership programs can expect to make new friends, find the support they need and gain the confidence  to challenge themselves.

After-school activities

Short for Healthy Youth Positively Engaged, HYPE is a free after-school activities program open to youth members ages seven to 14 years.

Our Boys Outdoor Leadership Development and Girls Outdoor Leadership Development (BOLD/GOLD) program gives kids ages 13-18 the opportunity to develop leadership skills through active participation outdoors, including a trip to the Boundary Waters in Northern Minnesota.

Camp Counselor and Leadership Training

These hands-on experiences are designed to teach teens the skills, attributes and strategies that are important traits of exemplary leaders and counselors. Leadership skills learned at the Y can carry over to their schools, homes and communities.

Leaders Club

YMCA Leaders Clubs provides opportunities for youth to develop leadership skills and abilities through service learning activities and projects.

Multicultural Achievers

This college access and career readiness program for students in grades nine through 12 focuses on preparing teens for life after high school. Students learn about post-secondary education options through college tours, guest speakers and group activities.

Youth & Teen Centers

Youth & Teen Centers at the Y are great places to go after school to socialize, do homework or enjoy activities.

Youth in Government

Youth in Government (YIG) is a youth development program emphasizing the Y's four core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. All are welcome and financial assistance is available.

North Community YMCA

The Harold Mezile North Community YMCA Youth & Teen Enrichment Center serves kids and teens in kindergarten through 12th grade with enrichment programs that focus on healthy living, learning loss, aquatics and water safety.

University YMCA

The Y provides college programming through its branch at the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities. Located right on campus, the UY serves student leaders in their commitment to learn, grow and thrive.