Explore your interests and passions in a comfortable, supportive environment.

All kids have great potential. At the Y, we work every day to help them set and achieve their personal and educational goals. As a result, millions of children and teens nationwide gain confidence as they recognize the Y as a place where they belong and can feel comfortable exploring new interests and passions.

Additionally, through our leadership and academic enrichment programs such as mentoring, Youth and Government and college preparation, the Y makes sure that every child has an opportunity to envision and pursue a positive future, and to take an active role in strengthening his or her community.

It can be hard to figure out your place in the world. As a young person with your whole life ahead of you, having the right guidance and support can make a real difference in figuring out who you are and what you can achieve. Whether kids come to the Y looking to explore their interests, or for support in navigating challenges, the Y is committed to nurturing children and teens and roots for their success.


i-Learn Program | Programs & Activities | Valley of the Sun YMCA

Engage, Learn and Graduate with Chandler i-Learn

The i-Learn Program addresses the variety of challenges and barriers that are preventing youth from educational attainment. By using a holistic approach with students that positively affects spirit, mind, and body; students are better able to engage in learning opportunities. In partnership with Chandler Unified School District, the i-learn program works towards raising the dismal Arizona high school completion rate. Currently, the one-on-one attention in traditional Arizona schools cannot compete with the small classroom setting of the iLearn program. i-Learn provides a safe, flexible environment for all students to learn and grow.

Monday – Friday
First Session | 7:45 – 11:45 AM
Second Session | 12:15 – 4:15 PM

To enroll, contact a counselor at your designated high school. Students will then be referred to the district and the I-Learn Program.

For more information, please contact:

Colleen Buck, I-Learn Teacher, at colleen.buck@vosymca.org or Jill Sears, Senior Program Director, at jill.sears@vosymca.org

You may also call 480-899-9622.


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Model UN | Teens | Programs & Activities | Valley of the Sun YMCA

Discuss, Debate and Legislate!

Welcome to the YMCA Model United Nations Program! Our program is designed to introduce students to the operation and structure of the United Nations while providing them with an opportunity to actively learn about world cultures and debate issues of international importance. Students will actively participate in conflict resolution, public speaking, and coalition building, in addition to making new friends and being exposed to new ideas. The program promotes leadership through character development, while introducing students to a vast array of ideas.

The YMCA Model United Nations Program is an interpretation of the United Nations in New York City. Although not every committee is an exact simulation of the United Nations, the intent of the program is to provide high school students with the opportunity to simulate the debate and problem solving that occurs at the United Nations in an atmosphere that promotes respect for people of differing views. In order to create this environment, Y-MUN features several diverse components to challenge high school participants. Our goal is to inspire the true spirit of the United Nations, our program focused on compromise, finding solutions, and student development to achieve our goal of “developing tomorrow’s global leaders, today.

Youth & Government | Community Initiatives | Community Programs | Valley of the Sun YMCA

With the premise that leaders are developed by doing, the YMCA’s Youth and Government program’s motto is that “democracy must be learned by each generation.” The goal of the program is to create the next generation of thoughtful, committed and active citizens.

With this in mind, teens are taught the principles of a democratic society and are given leadership roles in the models of judicial, legislative and executive branches of local, state and national government. Youth and Government participants meet in groups throughout the year to discuss and debate issues that affect citizens of their state and to propose legislation. The program culminates with teens serving as delegates at their state conference, debating bills on the floor of the legislature.


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Y Achievers | Teens | Education & Leadership | Programs & Activities | Valley of the Sun YMCA

Y Achievers: Helping young adults prepare for success in college, work and life.

At the Y, we recognize that every individual’s needs are different. While many may seek intensive assistance with enrolling in high school or alternative education, others may seek leadership development, or internship opportunities.


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Learn Life & Workforce Readiness Skills

Ages 14-18

Join us the  YMCA for a flexible 4-week program designated for teens to learn life and work force readiness skills through workshops, community speakers and volunteer opportunities. Teens can look forward to working with kids in our day camp, Amazing Kids Center and Club 5-11. Teens will also be hosting Lunch and Learns at the YMCA discussing various topics such as resume building, interview skills and so much more. Be a part of something more!

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Counselor In Training

Join other teens and participate in a fun night out!

A popular social outlet for teens, YMCA Teen Nights connect our youth in a fun environment. Contact your nearest location for upcoming events.


Leader's Club | Teen Education & Leadership | Teen Programs & Activities | Valley of the Sun YMCA

Come hang out at the YMCA …with a purpose!

This fun program is made to develop youth as leaders and foster a culture of service. It will provide teens with knowledge and training that will help them to better serve others and to shape a healthy lifestyle themselves. This program is specifically designed for teens (ages 13 to 18).

Leader’s Club is offered at the following locations:

Chandler/Gilbert Family YMCA

Chris-Town YMCA

Desert Foothills YMCA

Lincoln/Downtown YMCA

Ross Farnsworth-East Valley Family YMCA

Southwest Valley Family YMCA