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Youth Leadership

YMCA offers a variety of youth leadership opportunities that develop life skills training, education enrichment, health and wellness, recreation and international awareness. These lifelong skills can be applied in their communities now and in the future.

YMCA Adventurers

Develop good character, be committed to community service and be a leader! This weekly program for students in Grades 5 and 6 teaches leadership skills, healthy living and community stewardship. In this program, your children will grow, thrive, lead and belong. There is no fee to participate in this program. Each YMCA Health & Wellness location offers this program; contact the location nearest you for details.

YMCA Leaders in Training

Youth in Grades 7 to 9 learn about community service, philanthropy, volunteerism and health and wellness as they plan and implement projects to help their communities. Here youth get a chance to develop leadership skills and belong to a group of other positive, like-minded young people. There is no fee to participate in this program. Each YMCA Health & Wellness location offers this program; contact the location nearest you for details.

YMCA Kids in Motion

Kids in Motion is a summer volunteer program for young people ages nine to 12. Participants volunteer in meaningful projects in their local community and in return receive the opportunity to enjoy fun recreational activities. The values, lesson and opportunities youth gain from this program are invaluable as they learn to work as a team and share pride in a job well done. They learn they can make a positive contribution to their community, which in turn helps to develop lifelong leadership skills.

Youth who qualify live in their local Kids in Motion community, are not registered in any other summer programs, are able to commit to the program for at least one month during the summer (either July or August), and are willing to experience fun, meaningful projects and recreational activities. There is no fee to participate in this program.

YMCA Kids in Motion Food Drive

Each year, YMCA kids and youth collects thousands of pounds of food donations in multiple Calgary communities for the Calgary Food Bank. This summer marks the 16th Annual YMCA Calgary Kids in Motion and Day Camps Food Drive.

This year’s food drive will take place the week of August 8-12, 2016.

Pick-up dates:

  • August 10: Connaught, Millican/Ogden, Vista/Mayland Heights, Marlborough Park, Falconridge
  • August 11: Rosscarrock, West Dover, Inglewood, Albert Park/Radisson Heights, Huntington Hills, Arbour Lake, Sunnyside, Altadore, Somerset, Martindale
  • August 12: Auburn Bay

For more information, contact Owini Dharma, Community Outreach DIrector at owini.dharma@calgary.ymca.ca

Youth Global Citizenship

More than 13,500 children and youth are involved in YMCA Calgary’s International activities each year which empowered the young people to act as global citizens. Global education is particularly emphasized during:

  • YMCA Peace Week (November)
  • Global Youth Summitt (March/April)
  • Day Camps (July/August)
  • Partnerships/Theme Days

For more information, contact the International Initiatives & Community Outreach Director at 403-293-0424 Ext. 114

Youth Advisory Council

The Youth Advisory Council provides a youth-focused perspective to the YMCA Calgary strategic vision. Council members will discuss and advocate issues of relevance to youth today as they relate to the work of YMCA Calgary. The Council runs from October - May, with recruitment occurring late September. For more information, contact Angela Brown.

To Apply: Download the Application

Youth Athletics and Sports

YMCA Calgary offers many athletics/sports programs for youth ages six to13. These programs are designed to develop fundamental skills, good sportsmanship and teamwork skills. Programs offered include Badminton, Steve Nash Basketball, Volleyball, Indoor Soccer, Y’d World of Sports and Homeschool Sports Class. View the youth program descriptions or contact your YMCA location for details.



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