Youth Education & Leadership

Youth Leadership Programs

We provide programs for youth in middle school and high school to gain leadership experience, helping them grow through different opportunities within our Y and our community.

Young Adult Leadership Program (Grades 7-8)

Do you like adventurous field trips, exclusive time at the Y, and the possibility to gain valuable life lessons?! Then this is the program for you!! Once a month we will be going on exciting field trips to Skyzone, GoKarting, Stamford Twin Rinks, and The Rock Club. On the weeks we don’t have field trips, we will get two hours of access to the new Intergen space, flex space, and a basketball court. Additionally, we will be working on one community service project a month.

This program runs in the Fall, Winter, and Spring.

Junior Leadership Program (Grades 5-6)

This is the lead-in to our Y.A.L.P program and offers 5th and 6th graders a chance to experience what’s next. This program will meet every Saturday for two months and will consist of time at the YMCA and two off-site day trips. The time at the Y will be spent in the Flex space, gym, Wagner room, and back field (weather permitting). The two day trips will be similar to the Y.A.L.P ones in that they will creatively challenge children. We will also be planning and completing one community service activity during these two months.  

This program runs in the Fall and Spring.

General contact for these programs:  George Bennett at 203-966-4528 ext. 188 or gbennett@newcanaanymca.org.