Education & Leadership

All kids have great potential. At the Y, a leading nonprofit strengthening community through youth development, we work every day to help them set and achieve their personal and educational goals. Through our leadership and academic enrichment programs such as mentoring, Youth and Government and college preparation, the Y makes sure that every child has an opportunity to envision and pursue a positive future, and to take an active role in strengthening his or her community.

Academic Enrichment

The Y is working with caregivers, students and schools across the country to close the gap, piloting evidence-based programs that improve students’ educational readiness, engagement and outcomes, while helping them grow emotionally and physically, too.

Select an Academic Enrichment program for more information or find your Y branch to get started.

  • Preschool and GSRP  Kids learn, play and grow while building skills and knowledge to successfully begin kindergarten.
  • Homeschool Enrichment  Keep your student active and challenged with Gym, Swimming, Tennis and more.
  • Babysitter Training  Teaching the correct techniques for the business of babysitting, with a focus on supervision, care-giving skills.
  • Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship  Kids learn valuable life skills about earning and saving money while they build confidence and make friends.

Arts & Humanities

All kids have great potential. Arts and Humanities programs at the Y celebrate that potential, giving opportunities for kids to explore their creative side. Arts and Humanities programs help youth understand others through their languages, histories and cultures, teach empathy, and help youth learn how to deal critically and logically with subjective, complex information.

Select an Arts and Humanties program for more information or find your Y branch to get started.

  • Kindermusik  Opportunities for singing, dancing, vocal play, storytime, object and musical instrument exploration, circle dances, creative movement, and imaginary play!
  • Art in Schools  Bringing classes taught by gifted local professional artists to schools that have limited or no arts programs.
  • The Improv Project  Improvisational comedy classes meant to help fill the gap created by arts funding cuts public schools. Not only is improv frequently incredibly hilarious, it’s also a fantastic way to teach teamwork and creativity.
  • Youth Theatre  Explore the world of Theatre through music, storytelling, props, and crafts at the Livonia Family YMCA.

Leadership Development

Leaders Clubs help develop youth ages 12 to 18 as leaders while fostering a culture of service. With adult advisors, teens have role models and mentors who can have a positive impact on their lives as they grow in their desire and ability to be a positive force in the community.

Select a Leadership Development program for more information or find your Y branch to get started.

  • Teen Achievers  A teen leadership program preparing young people for the 21st Century, where teens live, learn, work, serve and play.
  • Y Magic & Y Moves  A mentorship and social development program that nurtures young men and women as they navigate their adolescent years.
  • Youth Volunteer Corps  A way for young people to help others, have some fun, and learn something while doing it.
  • Group & Specialty Camp  Helping develop youth as leaders while fostering a culture of service at the Downriver Family YMCA.

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