Youth Support & Leadership Programs

YMCA Services - Youth Support and Leadership Programs

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

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Youth Support and Leadership Programs

  • Afterschool Learning Adventures

    Develop character, commitment to community service and leadership skills. This is a weekly program for students aged 7 to 11 and is offered in Grande Prairie. There is no fee to participate in this program. Program offered during the school year.

  • Alternative Suspension

    Designed as an out-of-school intervention, Alternative Suspension establishes bonds of trust and creates a support network of groups of students that assists in addressing suspension and/or temporary expulsion issues while supporting a consistent and strong academic focus in Edmonton and Grande Prairie.

  • Skatepark Mentorship

    YMCA Skatepark Mentors help strengthening the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility by providing a safe space for youth to enjoy Glendale Skatepark in Red Deer.

  • Teen Night

    Teen Night is open for teens to get active, spend time together and be involved in their communities every Friday night at Northside Community Centre YMCA in Red Deer and select YMCA Health and Wellness Centres in Edmonton.

  • Y-Digital Literacy

    Y-Digital Literacy aims to empower children, youth, families and seniors to learn digital skills that can positively impact their work, education and personal lives. This program is available across Central and Northern Alberta.

  • YMCA Community Action Network (YCAN)

    The YMCA Community Action Network (YCAN) is looking to support you and team up to develop and deliver projects that respond to issues and needs in your local community.

  • YMCA Counsellors in Training (CIT)

    The Counsellors in Training (CIT) program is a leadership opportunity for youth 13 to 17 in Red Deer, Edmonton and Wood Buffalo, to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become a camp counsellor.

  • YMCA Leaders in Training (LIT)

    Youth in Grades 7 to 12 learn about community service, philanthropy, volunteerism and health and wellness as they plan and implement projects to help their communities in Edmonton.

  • YMCA Youth Detour

    YMCA Youth Detour supports youth aged 12–17 who are involved with the justice system and are transitioning from incarceration back into the community in the Edmonton region.

  • YMCA Youth Diversion

    This program redirects youth away from the criminal justice system through connections with positive community supports, in partnership with the Edmonton Police Service's (EPS) DIVERSIONfirst program.

  • YMCA Youth Exchanges Canada (YEC) 

    YMCA Youth Exchanges Canada (YEC) program provides youth aged 12 to 17 with the opportunity to explore Canada while learning leadership, communication, and teamwork skills, all while developing a strong sense of community. 

  • Youth Centre

    Youth aged 8–18 are welcome to drop in and relax, play games and connect with friends at our Northside Community Centre YMCA Youth Centre in Red Deer.

  • Youth Transition Program (YTP) 

    YTP offers youth a safe, supportive, non-judgmental community to learn about available community services, meet new friends and participate in fun activities and find housing and job support.