EAST Leadership Development Opportunities

Summer Sign Up Day


These Teen Development programs qualify for Teen University credits. Please contact the East Area Family Teen Department for more information!

Leaders Club
9th - 12th grades
Thursdays 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Program Fee of $20 for the school year

Jr Leaders Club
5th - 8th grades
Tuesdays 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Program Fee of $20 for the school year

Both Leaders and Jr Leaders Clubs are Nationwide YMCA programs for teens that teach young people leadership through character development training, service learning and social development with the outcome of personal growth. Participants have the opportunity to attend regional conferences throughout the year.

Contact the East Area Family Teen Department for more current program events and more opportunities to get involved!


YPals is a program co-facilitated by Inclusion and Teen departments at the East Area Family YMCA. It's an awesome place for teens with a diverse group of abilities to make new friendships and strengthen the YMCA mission.

For more information on YPALS click here


7th - 12th grades
Mondays 6:30pm-8:00pm
Runs September through March

Nationwide YMCA program with the motto "democracy must be learned by each generation." Participants have the opportunity to craft and defend their own bill and to attend conferences on regional, state and national levels.
-Free to all Teens

For more information on Youth and Government, see our Teen Insert.

To link to the New York State Youth and Government Page, please click here



This program runs in 2 week sessions throughout the summer from 9:00am-4:0pm Monday through Friday

Leadership In Training Volunteer Program Ages14-17

Are you a teen looking to develop real leadership potential? Here's your chance to do so! The Leadership in Training Program offers a number of valuable training and plenty of hands on experience to prepare any teen with the necessary skills to thrive in any work environment.
L.I.T. Registration Packet (Click here)

JR C.I.T Program at the East Y

Junior Counselor in Training Program for Ages 12-13
Monday - Friday, 9-4 Summer Weeks 2-8
The YMCA Jr C.I.T program is a supervised leadership development program that allows candidates to develop their leadership skills throughout assisting with various summer camps. Jr C.I.Ts must commit to at least 3 weeks of camp.
$85 Members/week
$127.50 Non-Members/week

Click here for more information about our C.I.T program at Camp Iroquois

Northeast Region Leaders School Application
(Click here)

For Questions about any Leadership Development Programs, Contact Allie Clarke, Teen Development Director