Youth and Teen Leadership

The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago offers multiple leadership programs in safe, welcoming environments throughout the city. Our programs focus on enhancing skills, building confidence, and improving academic performance. By providing young adults the opportunity learn and grow, we are creating a healthier and stronger community.


Achievers Program

The Achievers Program is one of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago’s youth development programs that encourages interaction between youth and adult role models and the exploration of higher education and career options. Founded in 1971 at the Harlem New York Branch YMCA, this nationwide program fosters the academic, personal and career development of African-American and Latino youth enrolled in the 7th – 12th grades. 

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The YMCA of Metro Chicago’s Teen REACH program is a high-quality, cost-effective, out-of-school time prevention program with a track record for success. The program has kept thousands of at-risk youth safe from street violence while providing positive adult role models, experiences and resources to help them succeed in school and life.

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Mentoring and Tutoring

The YMCA of Metro Chicago provides teens at the Kelly Hall YMCA with adult mentors and homework help to improve academic performance and school attendance. 

For more information on Mentoring and Tutoring, please call the Kelly Hall YMCA at 773.886.1220