Youth Leader Program

It's your future. Make it better and brighter.

Do you want to expand your horizons, develop yourself, or get things back on track? We’re here for you. The YMCA’s youth engagement programs are all about young people to be the best they can be regardless of circumstance. 

YMCA Youth Leadership programs help you tap into your potential — one step at a time. 

  • Receive training and mentorship to help become a community leader.
  • Build self-esteem and gain confidence.
  • Gain leadership skills and discover new opportunities.
  • Connect to a positive group of friends and mentors.
  • Learn to get along and appreciate others.
  • Volunteer with the YCMA led youth programming and community events.
  • Be eligible for participation in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Programme.

The YMCA recognizes, welcomes and celebrates the energy, talents and challenges of young people. The Youth Leader Program is a free program providing opportunities for youth ages 12-18 to participate in leadership.

YMCA Core Values

Recognizing and protecting the inherent worth of every person, including oneself
Being dependable and accountable for one's choices, actions, and commitments
Acting with compassion and concern for the wellbeing of others
Demonstrating a high level of integrity and trustworthiness
Appreciates diversity, striving to be open to all, seeking to understand differences and common ground

Youth Leader Application Form

The Youth Leader program consists of three components: participation, values & acceptance.
The Youth Leader Program youth participant and parent/guardian are required to sign this application form prior to participation of the Youth Leader Program.


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Connected Perspectives: A Youth's Point Of View

Connective Perspectives is a podcast that explores a youth’s point of view. We recognize that youth in rural communities don’t often have a platform to share their perspectives. We want to change that. This podcast is about connecting the experiences of youth from the South Shore of Nova Scotia to those of adults. Each episode focuses on a different topic, ranging from manipulation, to substance use or media. We explore each topic by having discussions with both youth and adults. We hope you take as much away from this as we have, thanks for listening!


King Street YMCA Youth Centre
416 King Street, Bridgewater
T: 902-530-3392 

Y Our Safe Spaces
425 King Street, Bridgewater
T: 902-530-3352

Liverpool YMCA Youth Centre
40 Water Street, Liverpool
T: 902-530-3352

For more information on YMCA Youth Programming, please contact Youth Director, Kim Whitman-Mansfield by e-mail [email protected] or by phone 902-530-3392.

Thank you To Our Funding Partners