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Education & Leadership · Downtown Oakland YMCA

Knowledge, character development, guidance and encouragement to help children and teens learn and realize their potential is a core focus of what we do at Downtown Oakland.

Teen Senate

Youth and GovernmentTM

Our civic engagement and leadership development program for middle and high-school students helps develop critical thinking competence, strengthens interpersonal communication skills and raises awareness of and engagement in community issues and their possible solutions. For detailed information regarding the program contact clafleur@ymcaeastbay.org.

Specific skills introduced, enhanced and reinforced throughout Y&G:

Model Legislature and Court Program

Designed for high school delegates, students take on various positions within the California state legislature and court systems. The California Youth and GovernmentTM Program is the only youth organization in the state privileged to use the actual state legislature and judicial chambers in Sacramento.

Meeting Times

Every Monday (Sept.-March) 6-8 pm


Downtown Oakland YMCA, Multipurpose Room


Training & Elections I Conference, Fresno, Nov. 11-12
Training & Elections II Conference, Fresno, Jan. 14-16
69th Model Legislature & Courts, Sacramento, Feb. 16-20

Campers in Leadership Training (entering 10-12th grades)

Build upon all that you have learned at camp over the years and develop leadership, time & project management skills and more. All while serving others and strengthening your resume. Learn More!

Service Learning Projects

Reflecting the national Y initiative of Togetherhood, we welcome our teens to initiate and lead projects to serve our Y community. These are effective and powerful ways to encourage and foster leadership development, project management techniques and academic enrichment. Middle school and high school service hour requirements may be met through these projects. Contact clafleur@ymcaeastbay.org for more information.




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