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.



Y Achievers is a national academic achievement and career development initiative of the YMCA of the USA with a purpose to help youth set and pursue high educational and career goals, resulting in graduation and acceptance to an institution of higher learning. 

5 Pillars of Achievers:

  • Academics
  • College Knowledge
  • Positive Relationships
  • Life Skills
  • Positive Identity

Programming Includes:
  • Tutoring and mentoring support
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • Career exploration and empowerment workshops
  • College and scholarship application tips and practice
  • Community involvement and service projects
  • Friendship, fellowship and much more!

YMCA Leaders Club

The Leaders Club is a national YMCA of the USA program, and an essential component of the Teen Council. The Leaders Club strives to develop leadership skills and foster a culture of service among teens ages 13 to 18. The Leaders Club prepares youth for the role of Teen Council Board Member. This is a free program and meets on Mondays from 6-8 p.m. at the SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA.

For more information about the Leaders Club email Tamica at tfricks@rockriverymca.org.


Teen REACH (Responsibility, Education, Achievement, Caring, and Hope) is a comprehensive youth development initiative funded by the state of Illinois that provides after school program services to high-risk youth. The Y provides a safe environment with caring adult role models that work with youth to increase academic achievement and develop the life skills necessary for future success including high school graduation. 

Programming Includes:

  • Improving educational performance 
  • Life skills education 
  • Parental involvement 
  • Recreation, sports, cultural and artistic activities 
  • Adult mentors 
  • Service-Learning

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd,
1829 N. Rockton Ave. (directly across from West  Middle School)

Hours on school days: Monday - Friday 3:30-7:30pm
Hours on non-school days and summer: Monday - Friday 10am-6pm

Registration can take place in advance or on-site. For more information, contact teenreach@rockriverymca.org​