Teen Leadership

All kids have great potential. At the Y, we help them set and achieve their personal and educational goals. They gain confidence as they recognize the Y as a place where they belong and can feel comfortable exploring new interests and passions. Through leadership and academic enrichment programs, we make sure that every child has an opportunity to envision a positive future, and to take an active role in strengthening the community.


Career awareness and mentoring programming for area Freshmen and Sophomores. The program includes weekly leadership meetings, recreational activities, volunteer opportunities, and college tours.
Program Objectives
  • Exposure to a wide range of career opportunities
  • Develop career goals
  • Instill self-esteem, self-respect, and social moral character
  • Provide role models from diverse backgrounds
  • Enhance leadership and life skills

For more information, contact:
Dee Edgerton at 815-489-1134 or dedgerton@rockriverymca.org


Elevate GED

Elevate is a free GED program offered in partnership with The Workforce Connection, Rock Valley College, and Goodwill. Students age 17- 24 are provided tutoring, basic job and life skill training while working toward their GED.  Morning classes are available at the Workforce Connection and the SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA. The YMCA class meets Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to Noon in a Judson University classroom on the 3rd floor of the SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA.  An afternoon class is also offered at the Rock Valley College Register Star building downtown.  

To enroll in the Elevate GED program, attend an information and assessment session held every Monday at 1:00 p.m. at the Workforce Connection, 303 N Main St, Rockford, 3rd floor. 

Contact: Program Coordinator at 815-489-1124


Girl Scouts

Troop #2288 meets weekly at the SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA. This troop is designed for girls in middle and high school. The troop is led by Rockford Service Corps members who are Girl Scout certified. The young ladies engage in leadership opportunities and service projects. They earn badges and national recognition. The young ladies also develop a business plan to market and distribute Girl Scout cookies. Most events, activities and badges are either free or low cost. The young ladies also have the opportunity to attend at least two events sponsored by Girl Scouts and AmeriCorp.

For more information, contact:
Dee Edgerton at 815-489-1134 or

Impact 505

Impact 505 provides free service-based memberships to local teens in exchange for their commitment to volunteer four hours a month at an organization of their choosing. We inspire and develop teens into maturity and motivate them to give back to their community. Impact 505 provides a place to belong, purpose and mentorship.

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City Life at the YMCA

Stateline Youth for Christ and the YMCA have partnered to offer City Life  at the YMCA. It is an effective ministry model to transform the lives of urban youth, their families and the communities that they live in. The City Life model provides a strategic way to pursue every young person in urban communities all over the USA. Our vision is to empower urban youth to change their community for Christ.

City Life is free and open to any teenager. Every week we have free food, games, a biblically-themed message, and the opportunity to build healthy relationships with adult mentors and other teens.

City Life: Thursday evenings from 6:15-8:15 PM at the Swedish American Riverfront YMCA in the Teen Center. 

City Life Life Skills Class: Monday evenings from 4:30-6:30 PM at the Swedish American Riverfront YMCA. It meets in the Harding Center.

For more information about City Life, click here, or contact Alisha Barnett  at abarnett@statelineyfc.org.