Student YMCAs are a group of teens whose goal is to serve the community while building character and leadership in the students involved. Any group of teenagers who share a common interest can create a Student Y: a school group, sports team, church group, or a group of friends. Student Y’s organize their club activities based on five focus areas: Civic Engagement, Leadership Development, Youth Mentoring, Service Learning, and Christian Mission. Weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly meetings at their school, YMCA, or in their community make it an easy program to participate in. City Wide projects throughout the year provide an opportunity for students to meet others from across the city and gain a better understanding of the community in which they live. Each group must have an adult sponsor who is approved by the YMCA.
$30 per year for Non-Members
$20 per year for YMCA Members
Free for Junior High Students enrolled in the Goodtimes Program
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Youth in City Government
Montgomery’s Youth in City Program is the oldest in the state. The Optimist Club of the Capital City, in cooperation with the Britton YMCA, sponsors Youth in City as a part of Optimist International Youth Appreciation Week. Students in grades 7-12 from all over the city gather in City Hall for a day to debate the city ordinances they prepared. This program is very similar to Youth Legislature, except it is on a citywide level rather than a statewide level. Officers are elected at the opening meeting, held on a weeknight prior to Youth In City. A Youth Mayor and 8 City Councilmen preside over the day. The day includes debating, remarks from city officials, the Youth Mayor’s election and a fantastic lunch. It is an important learning experience for all youth to have. There is no cost for this event but the seats are limited.
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We will have lots of other programs and events for teens throughout the year. Check back here for more info throughout the year. If you have something that your youth group would like to do, let us know and we will try to help you do it!