YMCA of the Triangle

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Make a difference through YMCA Leaders Club, a leadership development community service program that helps teens discover their full potential. It is a safe place where teens can come and simply be themselves.

These programs emphasize teamwork, physical fitness, volunteerism and fun. Through weekly meetings and annual optional mission trips, teens develop communication skills, strong character, self-confidence and an appreciation for cultural diversity.

Our goal is to challenge teens to serve the community, and to help them grow in who they are and lead those around them. Leaders Club includes weekly meetings, service and social events, as well as trips throughout the year including a ski trip, service work weekends, optional spring break mission trip and Blue Ridge Leaders School.


YMCA Middle School Leaders Club serves teens in grades 6 - 8 and YMCA High School Leaders Club serves teens in grades 9 - 12. Meetings are held at area YMCAs and churches. Every YMCA does not offer programs for both age groups.


All Leaders Club participants must be nominated by an adult in the community, have a 2.5 GPA and commit to volunteering about 60 - 75 hours. Registration and nominations begin in the fall.

Teen Directors

A.E. Finley YMCA, Kenny Howell
Alexander Family YMCA, Kim Derry
Chapel Hill - Carrboro & Durham YMCAs, Ben Pruitt
Johnston County YMCA, Jennifer Ortiz
Kerr Family YMCA, Brandon Harcum
Kraft Family YMCA, Chris Rea
Northwest Cary YMCA, Wes Jones
Poole Family YMCA, Jennifer Ortiz
Taylor Family YMCA, Katie Olive