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At the Los Altos YMCA we strive to meet the needs of our community members at every stage in life and are proud to offer a variety of programs for teens between the ages of 14-18 years old.

Below are our teen program options

Counselor in Training
Youth & Government
Y Teen Leader
Teen & Young Adult Memberships


"Democracy must be learned by each generation."

Registration Packet for 2019-2020

Financial Aid Application

YMCA Youth and Government is a six-month leadership program in which high school delegates role play various positions within the California State Legislature and the State Court systems. Within their delegations,Y&G participants create bills which are submitted to the Model Legislature, the primary conference occurring in February where over 3,500 Y&G delegates from across the state take over the capital in Sacramento to present their bills.

Weekly Meetings: Delegates meet once a week to discuss issues facing California, as well as ways to implement their solutions through the legislative and judicial processes. Delegates will write and debate bills, prepare briefs, practice public speaking, and make new friends.

Visit the California YMCA Youth and Government website for additional information.

2019-2020 Program Info 

Bill Hearing Long Beach City Chambers TBD
Training and Elections Conference I Fresno, CA Nov. 9-11, 2019-
Training and Elections Conference II Fresno, CA Jan. 18-20, 2019
72st Model Legislature and Court Sacramento, CA Feb. 12-16, 2019


Looking to get more involved in your community? Want to set yourself apart on your college application and resume? Need to complete service learning hours for school? The Los Altos YMCA is a great place to get work experience while also being a part of a supportive family!

High School Y Teen Leaders complete an internship at the Los Altos Family YMCA for at least one season (Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer) where they get experience with a variety of program areas from academic enrichment/childcare and kids club to day camp, Welcome Center, and community events!

We are always looking for outstanding teens to join us! Please fill out a Y Teen Leader application form and drop it off at the Welcome Center at the Los Altos Family YMCA.

Already a Y Teen Leader and looking for volunteer hours? Sign up for shifts using the SignUp link below

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

Counselor in Training

CITs will learn leadership skills and experience what it really takes to be a counselor by shadowing and assisting camp counselors in daily activities during Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer Camp. For each week of camp, CITs are assigned to help lead elementary-aged groups in games and activities under the supervision of a Unit Lead Counselor.

This is a great way for Teens to prepare for a future job in camp, child care, teaching, and beyond. CITs will learn valuable work and life skills including: leadership, patience, time management, self-discipline, communication, independence, and how to be a positive role model. The CIT program is overseen by the Camp Director, Cole McDaniel. Learn more about the CIT program and how to register on our camp page!

Teen & Young Adult Memberships

Looking to get healthy, build strength, condition for sports, or participate in Group Exercise classes? There is a membership option just for you! Teens and young adults between the ages of 13-24 years are eligible for a Teen & Young Adult Membership. Learn more by visiting our Member Options and Benefits page.

Please contact Eva Blacconiere, Teen Program Coordinator, for any questions or call the YMCA at 562.596.3394