Youth Development

Nurturing the potential of every child and teen

Leaders Club

Leaders Club is a teen leadership program that emphasizes leadership development through physical education, program training and volunteer service to the Y community.  Club members have work out nights to enhance and improve their overall fitness levels.  Leaders Club members might find themselves helping to officiate a youth basketball game, helping in Child Watch or assisting during special events like Healthy Kids Day or a variety of Y programs.  Social events and outings are planned with fun in mind.  With extremely dedicated members, our Leaders Club has something for everyone with the common goal of serving the Y and the community through volunteering.  Leaders who have met specific volunteer and physical fitness requirements have the opportunity to attend Blue Ridge Leaders School, held annually  at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, NC.

Meetings are held weekly throughout the year.  Contact us to learn more about Leaders Club.

Life Hurts God Heals

Life Hurts God Heals is specifically for students 12 and older who have experienced pain or addiction, including drinking, cutting, pornography, eating disorders, troubled family dynamics or other life impacting situations.

Life Hurts God Heals is an 8-step recovery program targeted specifically to students in middle school through college, and is based on the biblical character development from the Bible.

This curriculum provides lifelong tools for students dealing with unresolved hurt or pain.

This program is available at the Bob Temple North Side YMCA. To find out more information, contact us or call (865) 922-9622.

Community Action Program (Y-CAP)

A unique ministry to high-risk children and their families.  The program focus is on young boys and girls who are still living at home and have been referred by Juvenile Court, the Department of Children’s Services and Knox County Schools.  It offers tutoring, recreation, social activities and individual/group meetings relating to character development.

Youth in Government

The Tennessee YMCA Youth in Government Program is an annual conference designed to offer high school and middle school students a hands-on experience with state government. Each year, some 1,600 students from across the state converge on the State Capitol, taking the places of our real government officials. Program participants can serve as senators or representatives, as justices and lawyers, as department commissioners and lobbyists, or even as press corps members.

The Youth in Government program will follow the Y’s approach to teen leadership, which is summarized in these national standards:

  • Membership is based for youth between the ages of 12 to 18.
  • An adult advisor, preferably a volunteer, works with the group of teens.
  • The group will meet regularly for an extended period of time (following the Knox County School System schedule). There may be incentives and opportunities for continued involvement beyond that time frame.
  • All activities address at least one of the four goals of YMCA teen leadership programs:
    1. Leadership training
    2. Personal growth
    3. Service to others
    4. Social development
  • The group’s activities lead up to at least one major event involving teens from other areas.
  • Teens will assume responsibility for planning their own activities under the supervision of an adult advisor. This includes raising money to help pay the direct costs of the program.

To learn more about the Youth in Government program, contact Ray Kitts.