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Teen Leaders Club

Teen Leaders Club is a National Club that gives teens, grades 6+,  an opportunity to gain real-life, hands-on leadership experience through Volunteer Opportunities and Trainings at the Y, Planning and  Executing Events (Breakfast wiht Santa, Rock Wall Challenge, Easter Egg Hunt, Youth Triathlon, Daddy Daughter Dance, and more), Weekend Leadership Retreats (e.g. YMCA Camp Willson), Youth and Government Retreat at the Columbus Statehouse, Counselor in Training Program this summer, etc...and weekly Teen Led Club meetings (Thursdays at 6pm at the Delaware YMCA).

Come to our Meetings every Thursday at 6pm in the Community Room at the Delaware YMCA. For more information contact Roger Hanafin at 740-203-3051 or rhanafin@ymcacolumbus.org. New members are always welcome.

Club Meetings are free to the public. You do not need to be a member of the YMCA to participate.

What is the Teen Leaders Club?
The mission of the Teen Leaders Club is to strengthen the community by instilling the core values of Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility in teens through hands-on, real-life leadership activities, leadership retreats, and volunteering.

One of the unique traits of Teen Leaders Club is that everything is run by the teens themselves. Even the meetings are run by the CAB (Club Advisory Board), consisting of a group of teens that are chosen by their peers to plan and organize meetings and monthly events.

Teen Leaders Club is an opportunity for teens to learn about leadership, get involved with the community and have fun with peers. Essentially, the club is what the group makes of it. Under the supervision of YMCA staff and volunteers, teens can make Leaders Club exactly what they want it to be!

Who Should Join?
Teen Leaders Club is for anyone, grades 6+, looking to have fun, learn and serve the community.

What Does the Teen Leaders Club Do?

Weekly Meetings - Every Thursday 6pm in the Community Room or Teen Hub
An opportunity for teens to meet new people, while hanging out in a fun atmosphere at the YMCA, these meetings are run by the CAB, which consists of a Club President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. These positions are filled by teens who are elected by their peers. During meetings, club members decide which events to participate in that month, such as volunteer and social opportunities.

Leadership Retreats/Rallies
These are some of the best opportunities for teens to develop new skills, try new things and meet teens from all over Ohio. Rallies are weekend long service projects, sponsored by different YMCA Leaders Clubs. Teens get together with area clubs and participate in projects that give back to the community. Rallies also include a social component, with events like sports tournaments, dances or concerts.

         Delaware Teen Leaders Club Spring Retreat
         Teen Leaders Spring Retreat 
         Friday – Sunday,  September 26-28, 2014
         Hoover Y Park, ($25)

         Ohio Teen Leaders Club Rally
         Friday, February 14 - Sunday, February 16, 2015
         YMCA Camp Wilson
         Bellefontaine, Ohio

Teen Leaders will have the opportunity to be trained and volunteer in different areas of the building. Teens will go through a general orientation and then go through an area specific training. They can sign-up for shifts. The duties that the teens will be assigned are not the tasks that no one else wants to do. Theire duties will be ones that challenge them to use the skills they learn in Club Meetings, Retreats, and Trainings. Teen Leaders Volunteered over 6000 hours in 2012-13 school year.

Teen Leaders Club Members will volunteer at community events such as Pumpkin Run, Triathlons, Calls From the North Pole, Summer Movie Series, First Friday, Food Drives and  more.

Counselor in Training
Teen Counselor In Training at Mingo Park Day Camp - (YMCA Member $119, Non-Member $159) Grades 8-12 - June 7-11, 2015 - 8:30am-3:30pm. Do you love children and want make a positive difference in their lives while learning valuable life and job skills? Being a Counselor In Training is the right program for you. During this one week program you will learn how to be an amazing counselor. Topics include: behavior management, risk management, games, songs, group dynamics, and much more. After successful completion of the course, CIT’s will be invited to volunteer and work with campers at Mingo Day Camp for the rest of the summer. Contact Roger Hanafin,  rhanafin@ymcacolumbus.org for more info and application. Application available, March 15.

Special Olympics Teen Leader Volunteers
Our Teen Leaders will travel to Columbus, OH to participate as volunteers to cheer, serve and support the many special Olympians during the Special Olympics event. The Special Olympics is appreciative of the support the teens provide each year. June 26-28.

As a club we will have a ton of fun! We will get to plan activities that might include: Cedar Point, COSI, Lazer Tag, Kayak Trips, Camping, and more.


Calendar 2015

First Meeting of the New Year – Thursday, January 8, 6-7PM. Delaware YMCA. New members are encouraged to attend.

Family Night “Pajama Party” – Volunteer Opportunity – Friday, January 9 – 5:30-8:00PM. Help lead activities, arts and crafts, snacks and more. Delaware YMCA

OWU Fieldhouse Day – Volunteer Opportunity – Saturday, January 17 – 11:00AM-4:00PM Help Lead Games for Kids at OWU Field House during Basketball Games

Rock Wall Challenge – Volunteer Opportunity – Sat, January 24, 7:30AM-11:30AM. Help belay, judge, run registration, concessions and more. This is a fundraiser for the bus to Ohio Rally.

Family Night “Marde Gras” – Volunteer Opportunity – Friday, January 14 5:30-8:00PM. Help lead activities, arts and crafts, snacks and more. Delaware YMCA

Ohio Rally – Leadership Retreat – Friday-Sunday, February 14-16 at YMCA Camp Willson. Join over 200 Teen Leaders from around the state at this amazing retreat. Activities include: Campfire, Sledding, Keynote Speakers, Skill Sessions, Dance, High Ropes Course and more! $70

Daddy-Daughter Dance – Volunteer Opportunity – February 20th, 5:00-8:30PM Council for Older Adults

Family Night “Camp” – Volunteer Opportunity – Friday, March 13 – 5:30-8:00PM. Help lead activities, arts and crafts, snacks and more. Delaware YMCA

Mother-Son Super Hero Party – Volunteer Opportunity – March 20th, 4-8:30PM – Mingo Park






2014 Schedule

1/2 - Lock-In - Swinter - 8pm-7am ($)
1/10 Family Night - Volunteer Opportunity - 5:30-8PM
1/25 - Rock Wall Challenge - Leaders Event - 7:30AM-12pm

2/14 - Family Night - volunteer opportunity - 6pm-8pm
2/14-16 - YMCA Camp Willson Rally (4)
2/21 - Daddy-Daughter Dance - Volunteer Opportunity - 5-8pm - Council for Older Adults
3/14 - Family Night - CAMP! Volunteer opportunity - 6pm-8pm
3/21 - Mother-Son Super Hero Party - Volunteer Opportunity - 5-8pm - Mingo Park
4/1 - Counselor in Training Application Available
4/11 - Family Night - Volunteer Opporunity - 5:30-8PM
4/19 - Easter Egg Hunt - Volunteer Opportunity - 10am-12:30PM
4/26 - Healthy Kids Day - Volunteer Opportunity - 7am-12PM
5/9 - Family Night - Lawn Games! Volunteer opportunity - 6pm-8pm
5/16 - Final Regular Meeting of the School Year at Mingo Park (Bring your Bathing Suit) - 5-???pm
6/9-13 - Counselor in Training Week 8:30-3:30PM all week at Mingo Park ( see above - $)
6/13 - Family Night - Pirate Pool Party! Volunteer opportunity - 6pm-8pm
7/11- Family Night - Christmas in July! Volunteer opportunity - 6pm-8pm
8/2 - Delaware Adult Triathlon - Volunteer opportunity - 7:30-10:30AM
8/8 - Family Night - Family Double Dare! Volunteer opportunity - 6pm-8pm
8/9 - Delaware Youth Triathlon - Volunteer opportunity - 7:30-10:30AM
9/4 - First Regular Club Meeting of School Year - 6-7pm
9/6 - Doggie Dive-In - Volunteer Opportunity - 9:30-12:00PM at Mingo Pool
9/12 - Family Night - Little Little Brown Jug - Volunteer Opportunity - 5:30-8PM
9/17 - Teen Lock-In 8pm-7am ($)
TBD - Pumpkin Run - Volunteer Opportunity 7:15-10AM at OWU - Shelby Field
10/23 - RideStrong for Cancer - 4:30-8pm (sign up w/ Roger to ride)
10/25 - Halloween Event at Mingo Park - Volunteer Opportunity - 2:30-7:15pm
10/29 - Schultz Elementary Read-A-Thon - Volunteer Opportunity - 6:00-7:45pm
11/7 - Family Night (Luau in Pool) - Volunteer Opportunity - 5:30-8pm
11/27 - Dodgeball Tournament and Pool Party 2-5pm
11/28 - Turkey Trot Volunteer Opportunity - 7:45-10:30AM meet at Kohl's on 36/37
11/29 - Teen Volunteer Orientation ($) - For First Year Members - 9AM-3PM
12/5 - Calls From the North Pole - Volunteer Opportunity - 5-7PM
12/6-8 - Youth in Government Leadership Retreat @ Camp Willson ($) - grades 8+
12/13 - Family Night - Volunteer Opportunity - 5:30-8:00PM
12/14 - Breakfast with Santa - Volunteer Opportunity - 7:15-11:30AM
12/19 - White Elephant Christmas Party 6-7PM
12/19 - Reindeer Games 2-4:30pm