The Ann Arbor YMCA is dedicated to providing safe and productive environments for teens that promote participants to lead with empathy, build healthy relationships, effectively manage emotions, take responsibility for actions, and develop personal skills for success. All teen programs encourage interactive participation, hands-on learning experiences, character exploration, and active citizenship. In light of the global pandemic, 2020 Teen Summer Programs will provide teens with a blend of engaging virtual programming and small-group, in-person enrichment experiences.  Scroll below for Summer 2020 teen summer program opportunities. A downloadable brochure is here

Who can participate? All teens, near and far, are welcome to participate in our virtual teen programming. YMCA membership is NOT required. Proximity to the Ann Arbor YMCA is not required. Please be mindful of programs that do require supplies, as the Ann Arbor YMCA can only distribute supplies to registered participants who are able to pick up from designated sites within Washtenaw County. 

Please note that teen summer programs will continue to evolve and adapt to meet the needs of teens and in accordance with Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and governmental regulations. Additional summer offerings for teens, including free/donation-based workshops, activities and leadership development programs (Counselor-In-Training, Emerging Young Professionals Leadership Institute) may become available and will be posted on this page. 

Safety of participants, staff, and volunteers are our top priority. All in-person opportunities will abide by Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and governmental recommendations and regulations.  It is safe to assume that all in-person opportunities will require Personal Protective Equipment and maintaining a safe distance (6 feet) from one another. Please stay tuned for updates on the Ann Arbor YMCA’s in-person protocols, policies, and procedures.

Registration opens Friday, May 22 at 9:00 a.m. for members, returning campers, previously registered participants. Registration for in-person programming is restricted to essential workers (those who have been called back to work). Registration opens Wednesday, May 27 at 9:00 a.m. for new non-member participants.
How to Register:

  • Online: click the green CAMP REGISTRATION button (above)
  • By Phone: Day Camp Registrar: 734.661-8039

Virtual and In-Person Teen Programs: 

Virtual teen program offerings will include week-long 2-hour blocks of time to engage in interactive dialogue facilitated by Ann Arbor Y staff and volunteers. Our virtual environments are designed for optimal shared-learning experiences and for all members involved to build healthy relationships that promote inclusion and connectivity. Content varies based on program, however all virtual programs will include the following components: welcome, teambuilder, mindfulness moment, movement and brain breaks, restroom and water breaks, interactive hands-on activity, and daily challenges. Additionally, some programs will involve guest speakers, panelists and workshop facilitators.  Note: All programs that require supplies will be provided by the Ann Arbor YMCA. Information on pick-up locations will be communicated in advance to all registered participants. 

Babysitter Certification Course (ages 12 – 16 note: must be 12 years of age by the first date of the session) 

Interested in receiving your Child and Babysitting Certification? This one-week training will equip teens with the necessary skills to keep children of all ages safe, happy and engaged, to identify and guard against common safety hazards, as well as what to do in an emergency. Learn how to care for an infant, including techniques for diapering, feeding and calming a baby as well as entertaining children at every stage. Additionally, participants will learn about the entrepreneurship of babysitting and develop skills and strategies to turn this certification into a business. All participants who successfully complete the program will receive an American Safety and Health Institute Child and Babysitting Safety Certification.  Note: This program is offered virtually with two in-person options. Please note that the in-person options prioritize participants whose situations do not support virtual environments. In-person courses are limited to 6 – 8 participants and accepted in order of registration. 

Virtual Options
Morning Sessions (10 am – 12 pm) Afternoon Sessions (1 – 3 pm) 
Session 1: June 15 – 19 Session 2: June 22 – 26
Session 7: July 27 – 31 Session 4: July 6 – 10
Program Fee: Member: $60 ($25 deposit fee, $10 deposit fee for scholarship applicants) Community Member: $80 ($25 deposit fee, $10 deposit fee for scholarship applicants)

 

In-Person Options
Morning Sessions (10 am – 12 pm) Afternoon Sessions (1 – 3 pm) 
Session 9: July 13 – 17 (Ypsilanti, location TBD) Session 10: August 17 – 21 (Ann Arbor, location TBD)
Program Fee: Member: $60 ($25 deposit fee, $10 deposit fee for scholarship applicants) Community Member: $80 ($25 deposit fee, $10 deposit fee for scholarship applicants)

Virtual Adventures (ages 12 – 16)

This virtual teen camp offerings provides teens with an engaging, face-to-face virtual experience with a selection of themes to choose from. All sessions are designed to actively engage participants through virtual shared-learning environments that are safe, fun, and rewarding. 

Virtual Options
Morning Sessions (9 -11 am) Afternoon Sessions (1 – 3 pm)
Session 2: June 22 – 26 Travel Agents Session 1: June 15 – 19 Forensics
Session 4: July 6 – 10 Content Creators Session 3: June 29 – July 3 Culinary Creations
Session 6: July 20 – 24 Forensics Session 5: July 13 – 17 Action & Advocacy
Session 8: August 3 – 7 Action & Advocacy Session 7: July 27 – 31 Planet Earth
Session 10: August 17 – 21 Culinary Creations Session 9: August 10 – 14 Travel Agents
Session 11: August 24 – 28 Inventors
Program Fee: Member: $60 ($25 deposit fee, $10 deposit fee for scholarship applicants) Community Member: $80 ($25 deposit fee, $10 deposit fee for scholarship applicants)

Session Theme Descriptions:
Forensics: Grab your magnifying glass and get ready to investigate a crime scene! Learn how to use the techniques and technology that detectives and forensic scientists use to solve real-life crimes. Participants will gain insight into how law enforcement is involved in solving crimes and practice techniques like fingerprinting, understanding DNA, footwear and tire impression analysis. 

Travel Agents: Take a trip around the world without leaving your home! Explore countries across the globe and cultivate global curiosity as it relates to ancient civilization, foods, arts, attractions and more.  Participants will have the opportunity to become virtual travel agents and lead their own journey.  

Culinary Creations: Join us in creating delectable dishes to impress any crowd. Participants are in for a hands-on experience that includes kitchen safety, cooking techniques, menu planning, and organization all while having fun and enjoying results.  Requirements: Stove, oven, counter space, kitchen utensils, adult present in home. 

Content Creators: A writer’s delight.  This camp is your chance to express yourself through the art of writing.  Participants will explore a variety of current platforms (blogs, social media, journalism, short stories, and more) and develop 2 – 3 of their own pieces to share with others.  Content will focus on current areas of interest. 

Action and Advocacy: In a time of uncertainty and unknown, spend some time this summer learning about the governmental process and how teens- yes, teenagers!- can make an impact on their community. Learn how a bill becomes a law, what an executive order is, how you can contact your legislature and how to effectively debate current legislation. Whether you are an avid news watcher, a history buff or have a basic interest in government this camp is an opportunity for you to learn more about local and state government.

Planet Earth: Scientists have estimated that there are 8.7 million different species of living organisms here on planet Earth. Together, let’s discover fascinating new things about this planet we call home and follow your interests to dig deeper into wildlife and nature, and then share what you have discovered with others!

Inventors: Explore your inner curiosity and creativity in this week-long inventors camp. Participants will learn about some of the world’s most famous inventors and how the inventions have shaped the world we live in today. Each day you will be posed with a scenario and challenged to invent! Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate with your peers to see how you can work together to problem solve from your own home

Bizology (ages 12 – 16):

This virtual camp is for young entrepreneurs and innovative problem solvers who are intrinsically interested in learning about broad business operations. Bizology offers teens the opportunity to learn about the world of business entrepreneurship through a series of workshops, guest speakers, and interactive shared-learning activities. Participants will build on the cross-disciplinary skills necessary to build effective and efficient business-based solutions. Topics covered include management, organization, accounting, financing, marketing, effective use of social media, startup culture, networking and more.

Virtual Options
Morning Sessions (9 – 11 am) Afternoon Sessions (1-3 pm)
Session 5: July 13 – 17 Session 6: July 20 – 24
Program Fee: Member: $60 ($25 deposit fee, $10 deposit fee for scholarship applicants) Community Member: $80 ($25 deposit fee, $10 deposit fee for scholarship applicants)

Sports Reporting (ages 12 – 16):

An excellent virtual introduction to the world of sports reporting. Experienced instructors will focus on leading and teaching skills surrounded by color commentary, PA announcing, play by play, interviewing skills and writing.

Virtual Options 
Morning Sessions (9 – 11 am) Afternoon Sessions (1-3 pm)
Session 3: June 29 – July 3 Session 8: August 3 – 7
Program Fee: Member: $60 ($25 deposit fee, $10 deposit fee for scholarship applicants) Community Member: $80 ($25 deposit fee, $10 deposit fee for scholarship applicants)

Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) Expanding Horizons Summer Program (ages 11 – 17)

YVC is a youth-driven program that strives to meet the needs of our community and works in collaboration with local organizations to create social change and positive community impact.  This summer, YVC will be offered virtually, Monday – Thursday in 2-hour blocks. Virtual sessions will be co-facilitated by YVC staff and Youth Advisory Council members and include interactive dialogue, workshops, activities, and at-home service-learning projects. Session content will focus on one of four themes (see below), offered three times throughout the summer. Please note theme content will vary from session to session and within each theme (no session will look exactly the same). 

Looking for those in-person and impactful YVC service projects?  Stay tuned! Service projects will be offered throughout the months of July and August and in collaboration with community partners.  The need for YVC support across our community is greater than ever and we look forward to meeting these needs. Please note that projects will require a separate registration and are free of charge. Details on service projects will be communicated via email and posted to the YVC web page at www.annarborymca.org or contact Mona Beydoun, YVC Summer Program Coordinator, mbeydoun@annarborymca.org or 734.661.8017 for detailed information and/or to join the YVC email list.] Click here to join the YVC emailing list

Virtual Options (Monday – Thursday; YVC does not meet on Fridays)
Morning Sessions (9 – 11 am)  Afternoon Sessions (1 – 3 pm)
Session 1: June 15 – 18  Session 5: July 13 – 16
Session 2: June 22 – 25 Session 6: July 20 – 23
Session 3: June 29 – July 2 Session 7: July 27 – 30 
Session 4: July 6 – 9 Session 8: August 3 – 6 
Session 9: August 10 – 13 YVC Themes: 

  1. Environmental Justice and Sustainable Solutions (Sessions: 1, 5, 9)
  2. Poverty, Food Security, & Economic Injustice (Sessions: 2, 6, 10)
  3. Global Health-Local Impact (Sessions: 3, 7, 11)
  4. Migration and Human Rights (Sessions: 4, 8, 12)
Session 10: August 17 – 20
Session 11: August 24 – 27
Program Fee: Member: $60 ($25 deposit fee, $10 deposit fee for scholarship applicants) Community Member: $80 ($25 deposit fee, $10 deposit fee for scholarship applicants)

 

In-Person Options: YVC Service Projects 
YVC Staff and Youth Advisory Council members are working to identify community needs and in collaboration with YVC partners.  In-person YVC Service Projects will be offered throughout July and August. All opportunities will be posted to the YVC Expanding Horizons Summer Program webpage at www.annarborymca.org. Click here to receive in-person service project opportunities delivered directly to your email inbox. 

Wednesday Workshops (Free! With a Suggested Donation)

Coming soon! Stay tuned at www.annarborymca.org 

  • Resume Writing and Interview Prep
  • Teen Book Club
  • Career Exploration
  • Self Care
  • Artistic Expressions