The Y is committed to ensuring that every young person has the opportunity to become a healthy, contributing member of society.  We offer activities and programs for teens that provide them with academic assistance, employment opportunities and other life skills, all while having fun. Teens feel welcome and have proven success at the Y.

  • Make New Friendships
  • Develops Leadership Skills
  • Supportive Environment
  • Achieve Personal Goals
  • Creates Change

Teen Programs categories

Teen Leaders

Leaders Club is a program for teens ages 13-18 that provides opportunities for personal and professional development. Leaders are forces for good in our communities and are intentional about serving others. The Y is able to provide college knowledge and readiness, job and college application help, opportunities for travel and networking, and development of peer leadership skills through interactions with positive adult staff and mentors.

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Youth and Government

Youth and Government (YAG) provides students the opportunity to experience the democratic process and develop the leadership skills needed to become citizens of a participatory society. Based on the motto “Democracy Must Be Learned By Each Generation,” Youth and Government is a nationwide program that involves more than thousands of youth each year.  Missouri YAG is for grades 7-12 each year.

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Vertical Horizons

Our Vertical Horizons program helps kids gain confidence and improve their health through a targeted curriculum, in area schools, designed to teach students new exercise skills and habits. Our staff works with teachers to create a safe and supportive environment within schools that helps teens set and reach their fitness goals.

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Teen Camp

Teens in our teen camp are engaged in spirit, mind, and body through programming that focuses on health, arts, STEM and giving back through community service. The camp provides teens a voice in their experience with a variety of opportunities that support their interests while exploring new ones. This month-long camp is free for teens in St. Louis City who meet financial need requirements.

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Our Sisterhood program prepares girls in grades 5 - 12 to navigate the challenges of adolescence and young adulthood through mentoring, community engagement, and activities that allow girls to lead change within their schools and communities. During weekly meetings, at area schools, and individual coaching, they set personal and professional goals, build social-emotional skills, and self-confidence.

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Young Money Makers

Young Money Makers empowers teens to develop financial responsibility through classes on financial literacy and entrepreneurship. Teens gain confidence in their ability to manage their own money and the importance of savings.

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Are you a teen interested in working at the Y?