Teens Take the City is a civic engagement program focused specifically on NYC government and fostering community organizing skills to build thoughtful,  leaders of tomorrow.

By working alongside local political leaders, teens have the chance to see how political decisions are made, and learn how to become effective agents of change. Writing legal memoranda, resolutions, and press releases gives teens hands on experience, and exposure to how the democratic process impacts NYC communities.

Teens Take the City aims to educate participants about who runs their neighborhoods and how to become active participants in school and community life. Primary program activities include community mapping projects, educational workshops, and the preparation of a presentation showcasing students’ research and findings. Through these activities, oral and written communication skills are improved, leadership abilities strengthened, and solid resumes for college developed. The program provides opportunities for students to:

  • Understand the New York City legislative system
  • Read and debate current bills before the New York City Council
  • Meet and work alongside local politicians, professionals and managers of NYC agencies
  • Hold a legislative session in New York City Council Chambers
  • Pursue internship opportunities within City government
  • Make change in their community

Contact your local branch to learn more about Teens Take the City opportunities near you!

YMCA Teen Camps

Keep your teen engaged and active all summer long at the YMCA.