Teen Leaders Club is a National Club that gives teens, grades 6+,  an opportunity to gain real-life, hands-on leadership experience through Volunteer Opportunities and Trainings at the Y, Planning and Executing Events, Weekend Leadership Retreats, Counselor in Training Program this summer, and weekly Teen Led Club meetings (Mondays and Tuesdays at 6:30 pm at Camp Cristina).

What is the Teen Leaders Club?

The mission of the Teen Leaders Club is to strengthen the community by instilling the core values of Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility in teens through hands-on, real-life leadership activities, leadership retreats, and volunteering.

One of the unique traits of Teen Leaders Club is that everything is run by the teens themselves. Even the meetings are run by the Club Advisory Board, consisting of a group of teens that are chosen by their peers to plan and organize meetings and monthly events.

Teen Leaders Club is an opportunity for teens to learn about leadership, get involved with the community and have fun with peers. Essentially, the club is what the group makes of it. Under the supervision of Camp Cristina staff and volunteers, teens can make Leaders Club exactly what they want it to be!

Who Should Join?
Teen Leaders Club is for anyone, grades 6+, looking to have fun, learn and serve the community.

What Does the Teen Leaders Club Do?

Weekly Meetings - Every Monday (High School) and Tuesday (Middle School) at 6:30pm at Camp Cristina.  An opportunity for teens to meet new people, while hanging out in a fun atmosphere at the YMCA, these meetings are run by the Club Advisory Board, which consists of a Club President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. These positions are filled by teens who are elected by their peers. During meetings, club members decide which events to participate in that month, such as volunteer and social opportunities.

Leadership Retreats/Rallies
These are some of the best opportunities for teens to develop new skills, try new things and meet teens from all over Florida. Rallies are weekend long service projects, sponsored by different YMCA Leaders Clubs. Teens get together with area clubs and participate in projects that give back to the community. Rallies also include a social component, with events like sports tournaments, dances or concerts.

Teen Leaders will have the opportunity to be trained and volunteer in different areas at Camp Cristina. Teens will go through a general orientation and then go through an area specific training. They can sign-up for shifts. The duties that the teens will be assigned are not the tasks that no one else wants to do. Theire duties will be ones that challenge them to use the skills they learn in Club Meetings, Retreats, and Trainings.