Education & Leadership

The YMCA creates opportunities for youth and teens to contribute and give back to their communities through education and leadership programs. Partnering with families, schools, businesses and the entire community, our programs give youth a safe place to call their own and a chance to connect with positive role models and adults who genuinely care. Education & Leadership programs include:

  • Youth development activities
  • Leadership groups
  • Community service projects
  • Exposure to diverse career options
  • After-school activities
  • Tutoring and mentoring
  • Sports, camping, strength-training, and unique recreational events


Y Achievers

The Achievers Program encourages teens to develop and pursue higher education and career goals with the assistance and guidance of professionals from a variety of careers. It gives teens a chance to challenge themselves, set goals and work toward a positive future. The program includes career cluster sessions, study skills, team building, communication training and field trips to colleges and professional work places. With this program, your child will certainly achieve!


For more information, please contact:
Elaine Hardy
(517) 827-9610 (ext 8145)


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Learning Centers

Learning Centers provide a safe and fun place for youth and teens to learn new, valuable skills that will be beneficial for years to come. Our Center coordinators and leaders provide guidance in the variety of programs offered. Learning Centers provide a place for learning about computers and technology, while being in a positive environment with recreational activities and opportunities to socialize with others.


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H.O.P.E. Scholars

The H.O.P.E. Scholarship Program (Helping Other People Excel) offers Lansing School District youth the opportunity for a college education and a brighter future in cooperation with the Lansing School District, the City of Lansing, Lansing Community College, Michigan State University, the Lansing Police Department, with support from local businesses and private citizens. Students begin the program as sixth graders, and promise to finish high school in exchange for two years of free tuition at Lansing Community College.


The YMCA provides H.O.P.E. students with 3-month memberships to any YMCA of Lansing branch based on criteria set by the Lansing School District such as increased GPA and better attendance.


H.O.P.E. Scholar Programs Available at: