YMCA hosts teen leaders training

A counselor in training assists with swim skill assessment during camp.

Throughout the summer, 45 teenagers took part in the YMCA’s Counselor in Training program that aims to hone leadership skills.

The Counselor in Training is part of the Y’s signature Teen Leaders program. The free program targets teens between 13 and 17 years old and is part of the Y Summer Camp experience.

Organizers said the program provides “a safe, genuine place for teens to learn about themselves, the world around them, and the impact they can have by serving others. Our core values of honesty, caring, respect, responsibility and faith are integrated into all of the teens’ activities and reinforced as they teach the values to the younger children.”

All participants also receive an official record of the volunteer hours they completed in the program.

A unique, new element of this year’s program, the organizers said in a press release, involved a partnership with Cayman Animal Rescue Enthusiasts, or CARE, which introduced the teens to the kidsCARE program. Activities included researching the cost of pet ownership, helping prepare lesson materials for campers and visiting the animals at the Humane Society.

The Teen Leaders program is also available to students enrolled in the Extended After School program at government schools. Parents can email [email protected] to learn more about enrolling their teens. The Y is also working on plans to launch Teen Leaders at various private schools. The Counselor in Training program takes place whenever the Y hosts day camps, and is open to all local students on island aged 13-17.

Email [email protected] for more information.

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