About Teen Leaders Club

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 (Breakfast with Santa, Easter Egg Hunt, Youth Triathlon, Daddy Daughter Dance, and more), Weekend Leadership Retreats (e.g. YMCA Camp Willson), Youth and Government Retreat at the Columbus Statehouse, Counselor in Training Program this summer, and weekly Teen Led Club meetings (Thursdays at 6pm at the Delaware YMCA).

Come to our Meetings every Thursday at 6pm (meetings resume after Summer 2019 on September 5th) in the National Guard at the Delaware YMCA. New members are always welcome.

Club Meetings are FREE to the public. You do not need to be a member of the YMCA to participate.

Pre-register by completing this form: https://forms.gle/jHHrywsYvucDghns7

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 CAB (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 YMCA 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 Thursday 6pm in the Community Room or Teen Hub

An opportunity for teens to meet new people, while hanging out in a fun atmosphere at the YMCA. During meetings, club members will learn leadership skills, discuss real life issues, plan for upcoming volunteer events and join in 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 Ohio. 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.


         Delaware Teen Leaders Club Fall Retreat

         Teen Leaders Spring Retreat 

         Saturday, 28th, 2019

         Delaware YMCA - $15

         Ohio Teen Leaders Club Rally

         Friday, February 14 - Sunday 16,  2019

         YMCA Camp Wilson

         Bellefontaine, Ohio ($75)


Teen Leaders will have the opportunity to be trained and volunteer in different areas of the building. 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. Their duties will be ones that challenge them to use the skills they learn in Club Meetings, Retreats, and Trainings. Teen Leaders Volunteer an average of over 10,000 hours a year.

Teen Leaders Club Members will volunteer at community events such as Pumpkin Run, Triathlons, Calls From the North Pole, Summer Movie Series, First Friday, Food Drives and  more.

Counselor in Training

Teen Counselor In Training at Mingo Park Day Camp. Do you love children and want make a positive difference in their lives while learning valuable life and job skills? Being a Counselor In Training is the right program for you. During this one week program you will learn how to be an amazing counselor. Topics include: behavior management, risk management, games, songs, group dynamics, and much more. After successful completion of the course, CIT’s will be invited to volunteer and work with campers at Mingo Day Camp for the rest of the summer. Application is available March 1.

Special Olympics Teen Leader Volunteers

Our Teen Leaders will travel to Columbus, OH to participate as volunteers to cheer, serve and support the many special Olympians during the Special Olympics event. The Special Olympics is appreciative of the support the teens provide each year. June 26-28, 2019.