The Y is committed to ensuring that every young person has the opportunity to become a healthy, contributing member of society. We offer activities and programs for teens that provide them with academic assistance, employment opportunities, and other life skills, all while having fun. Teens feel welcome and have proven success at the Y.




A Caucasian teenager points at the screen in the YMCA's Esports room during a game. He is also captured talking to his Caucasian male peer.


Get the game started with our competitive esports leagues with beginner, intermediate, and advances levels with games such a Super Smash Bros, Rocket League, and Fortnite.
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Youth and Government (YAG)

Youth and Government (YAG) provides students the opportunity to experience the democratic process and develop the leadership skills needed to become citizens of a participatory society. Missouri YAG is for grades 7-12 each year. Illinois YAG is for grades 9-12 each year.
Y Achievers helps teens learn about college readiness, career exploration, and life preparation to set and achieve high educational and professional standards

Y Achievers

The Gateway Region YMCA Achievers is a bi-state college readiness, career exploration, and life preparation program which provides students of color with the essential tools to pursue higher education, define life goals and identify different career opportunities.

Are you a teen interested in working at the Y?

Lifeguards, camp counselors, child care, and more, there are current openings for all different interest and skill levels among teens!