Building Future Leaders

We’ll help pave the path toward your teen’s future with skill-building programs. Your teen’s future is bright, allow us to help connect with your teen and to amazing resources and skills.

Our Achievers, Y Leaders, Youth and Government and Teens in Action programs help teens continue building skills to prepare them for careers or college, wherever their path leads.

Our skill-building programs are offered at Ys located in Greensboro, Jamestown, Eden and Reidsville, NC. We are committed to helping teens grow into successful adults; we can’t wait to see you!

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NEW! Esports at the YMCA

Join up with the YMCA ESports League! Our all-new eSports program offers a safe, fun and competitive environment for youth ages 12-17. Participants will learn teamwork, problem-solving, resilience and sportsmanship, while improving their cognitive skills and connecting with peers with similar interests. Learn more about our eSports program.

Achievers: Teen Mentoring & College/Career Readiness Program

The YMCA Achievers Program is data-driven and strategically designed to develop individual talents and leadership skills and prepare teens for life beyond high school. With a focus on 8th-12th graders, our goal is to support high school graduation, prepare teens for college and begin exploring career possibilities. Learn more about the Achievers Program.

Achievers College Tours
Embark on an enriching journey of exploration with YMCA Greensboro College Tours, offering unique opportunities for students to visit colleges and universities. Our program features a long spring break tour and a one-day fall tour, providing valuable insights into campus life, academic programs, and the overall college experience.

Achievers Fall College Tour – information coming soon.

FLY Camp (Future Leaders of the YMCA)

FLY (Future Leaders of the YMCA) Camp is an immersive two-week service-learning experience tailored for teens in grades 7-9 across the Triad region. At FLY Camp, participants not only lead impactful service-learning projects within the YMCA branch but also extend their reach into the community by serving at various local organizations. Learn more about the Future Leaders of the YMCA Program.

YMCA Corporate Leadership Teen Internship

The YMCA Corporate Leadership Teen Internship program at the YMCA of Greensboro's Metro Y is a transformative opportunity designed to provide high school students with hands-on experience, mentorship, and professional development within the vibrant world of the YMCA. This immersive internship program aims to cultivate leadership skills, instill a sense of responsibility, and foster a passion for community engagement.

Date: August 5-9, 9am-12pm | Registration info coming soon
Grades: 9th-12th
Cost: $30

Leadership Beyond Teen Outreach

Teen Leadership Outreach is a dynamic and empowering initiative designed to foster leadership skills, personal development, and community engagement among teenagers in the Greensboro area. Through a variety of engaging activities and meaningful experiences, this program aims to inspire and equip teens to become confident leaders who positively impact their communities.

Date: September 2024 - May 2025
Grades: 7-12
Multiple Sessions: $25 per Participant | Single Session: $150 per Hour

Registration information coming soon

Y Leaders

Y Leaders is a service-learning club at the Ragsdale, Reidsville, and Spears YMCAs for teens 11-17. Y Leaders meet weekly to volunteer, socialize and better the Greensboro Community. Weekly meetings will consist of service projects, conversations with other leaders in our community and opportunities for fun and fellowship! Improving leadership skills can help young people prepare to solve community problems and enhance civic participation. Apart from leadership skills, the Y Leadership program can guide youth to improve other skills, such as goal-setting, problem-solving and decision-making. Learn more about the Y Leaders program.

Youth and Government

Youth and Government is a national YMCA program for high school students that provides “hands-on” leadership experience in State Government. Participating in the legislative process by writing mock laws or bills, our goal is to empower teens to learn how to make an impact on their community. Learn more about the Youth and Government program.

Teens in Action

Teens in Action is a 2-week program at the Reidsville YMCA that provides teens ages 15-18 the opportunity to volunteer with the YMCA Summer Day Camp program. They'll shadow various instructors, work as a team to create activities for summer youth, take part in personal development, sports and more! Learn more about the Teens in Action program.

Girls & STEM

In partnership with The Forge Makerspace, the YMCA of Greensboro offers engaging STEM programming that combines engineering and project management for teens. From laser engraving to operating power tools, this program has something for girls of all interests.

Date: September 2024 - May 2025 | Saturdays, 10am-2pm
Grades: 8th-12th
Cost: $25

Registration coming soon. 

Counselor in Training

The YMCA Camp Weaver Counselor in Training (CIT) program is available as a three-week overnight session for campers entering 11th grade. We believe that these youths are the future of Camp Weaver. They are encouraged to work together to learn the skills needed to become positive role models, in both our camp and the community.

The first two weeks of the CIT Program are focused on intensive training in childcare skills and our various activity areas around camp. During the last week of the program, CITs are placed into cabins with some of our very best staff serving as their mentors for the week. Our top-scoring CITs will be among the first candidates that will be considered for staff the following year. Learn more about the YMCA Camp Weaver Counselor in Training program.

Leader in Training

YMCA Camp Weaver Leader in Training (LIT) is designed to build leadership skills, group skills, self-confidence, and character. LIT is a two-week program for campers entering 10th grade. The first week of camp is spent in traditional camp activities for half the day, and leadership training for the other half. During the first week and a half, the group (typically 10 to 12 campers) and their counselors will work on a service project for the betterment of camp. Campers will also learn a variety of outdoor skills from fire-building and outdoor cooking to Leave No Trace camping ethics.

During week two, campers will begin planning and preparing for a day trip to Hanging Rock and day trip to the White Water Center in Charlotte. Learn more about the YMCA Camp Weaver Leader in Training program.