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Burbank Community YMCA
High School Programs

Helping to nurture young minds and spirits is a big part of the Y's mission and, to that end, we offer several programs specifically designed for teens.

Youth & Government

Weekly meetings will resume August 26 on Fridays from 4-5:30pm at the Burbank YMCA.

Youth & Government

Every February, 3,000 high school students from across CA converge in Sacramento to take over the State Capitol and run the government for five whole days. Yes - the real Capitol, in the real buildings where laws are actually made. It's called Youth & Government, and you can be a part of it!

OK, so obviously the laws these students pass don't go into effect, but the experience is all real. Y&G is a model legislature extracurricular that gives teens a one-of-a-kind, hands-on opportunity to learn about government. Students build lifelong skills, make new friends, meet real politicians, and of course it looks great on a college app or resume.

Program Highlights:

  • Two trips to Fresno & a 5-day trip to Sacramento to work in the real Senate, Assembly, and Supreme Court chambers of the State Capital.
  • Pick your job or run for office: be a judge, lawyer, reporter, senator or even Youth Governor.
  • Research, write, debate and pass your own bills. You solve the state's problems!
  • Meet with real CA senators, assembly persons, and judges.
  • Make friends from all over the state during dances, games, the Governor's banquet & other fun events.

For more information, please contact Aileen Flores, Lead Advisor, at 818.562.5461 or aileen@burbankymca.org.

Counselor-In-Training (CIT)

Interested in developing leadership skills and learning to work with children? The Y has a great opportunity for you…our Counselor-In-Training program (CIT) for those who have completed 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. This summer-long (June through August) program is designed to train prospective staff members for employment at the Burbank Community YMCA’s Summer Day Camp. The experience looks great on college applications and is also an impressive addition to resumes for those looking to join the work force right after high school.

For costs and details, contact Rebecca Kelly, 818.562.5461 x246 rebecca@burbankymca.org or Aileen Flores 818.562.5461 x246 aileen@burbankymca.org

Service Learning Program

The Service Learning program provides meaningful opportunities for high school students to earn community service hours required by local high schools for graduation. Students can expand this experience with an individualized plan to include job shadowing, resume building, interviewing and job search.

To learn more about this program, please contact Rebecca Kelly, 818.562.5461 x246 rebecca@burbankymca.org or Aileen Flores 818.562.5461 x246 aileen@burbankymca.org