About the Leaders Club Program
Goals of the Leaders Club Program
- Leadership Skill Development
- Volunteer & Community Service to Others
- Character Development
- Social & Emotional Growth
What Teens Get from the Program
- Skills for job/career success
- Volunteer service hours for school, honor society, etc.
- Strong sense of self and purpose
- Resiliency and emotional maturity
- College recommendations
- A network of friends they’ll have for life
- Exposure to diverse groups, backgrounds, cultures, and ideas
- Caring adult role models both regionally and their home club advisor
Did you know?
Many YMCA’s often hire their Leaders Club teens as sports instructors, swim instructors, lifeguards, camp counselors and childcare staff. Some even end up as YMCA Professionals in Aquatics, Sports & Recreation, Camping, Childcare and other positions!
The Leaders Club Environment
Leaders Club is a welcoming, judgement-free environment that emphasizes positive peer relationships, provides hands-on learning experiences, and fosters growth through the YMCA’s Core Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility. To this aim most clubs have the following ground rules.
- One Mic – One person speaks at a time
- Accept & Respect Others, their rights & opinions
- Avoid Put Downs
- Option to Pass
- Expect & Accept Unfinished Business
- Speak for Yourself
- You’re Responsible for Your Own Learning
- Leaders Clubs are staffed by adult YMCA staff . It is a best practice at all YMCA’s to screen staff and volunteers through background checks and provide training in positive youth development principles and techniques.
The advisors help facilitate the program with club members, provide opportunities and training, and also chaperone teens on volunteer service trips, regional events such as rallies, and other club related activities.
Time & Commitment
Being part of a Leaders Club is a commitment. Teens are expected to attend club meetings and activities as well as volunteer at their Y or in their community. A core part of the program is that teens take an active role in planning and facilitating club activities. Like many other youth programs the more time, effort, and energy a teen puts into Leaders Club the more they’ll receive back.
Days and times for meetings, club activities, and other commitments vary from YMCA to YMCA. We recommend talking to your local YMCA’s Leaders Club advisor about the expectations of their specific program.
DAVIS FAMILY YMCA
For grades 12-18
Tuesdays 5:30 PM -7:00 PM Starting Sept 26 – May 7
$50 Members / $55 Non-members, for the school year
For grades 12-18
Thursdays 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM, Starting Sept 29 – May 25
$45 Members / $50 Non-members, for the school year