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The Westfield Area YMCA offers leadership programs that challenge the spirit, mind, and body through challenging, projects, and team building exercises to develop leadership skills.


Achievers

The Y Achievers Pledge: “I am a 5-star ambassador. I represent myself, my family, my community, my school and my race with pride, dignity and excellence. I am an Achiever!”

The Westfield Area Y and the Plainfield Area YMCA are collaborating to provide the Achievers program, which inspires youth in high school throughout both service areas to become leaders in their community and achieve academic excellence. The college readiness and career development program develops positive sense of self, raises academic standards, develops life skills, offers community service, scholarship opportunities, and provides positive role models.

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Leaders Club (Grades 6-12)

Leaders Club offers an environment that promotes self-expression for everyone.  Any idea can be accepted and integrated into the club and almost anything can happen!

In addition to meetings, Leaders volunteer at the Westfield Area Y and the community and go on overnight trips, while enjoying each others’ company.  Leaders Club is founded upon the following tenets: Personal Challenge, Social Development, Leadership Skill Acquisition, and Service to the Community.

Meetings and activities are planned by E-board, elected representatives chosen by the club to plan meetings, events and community service.

Model UN (Grades 9-12)

The Y’s Model UN program introduces students to the operations and structure of the United Nations, while providing an opportunity to increase awareness of other cultures.  Students assume the role of UN delegates and debate current issues which affect the global community.

An annual 3-day General Assembly is held in January in Hershey, PA. There is a Wesfield club (run with Westfield High School) and a Cranford club (run with Cranford High School).  Interested students should contact their high school advisers in early September.

Youth and Government

Youth and Government™ is a national program of the Y that involves thousands of teens nationwide in state-organized, model-government programs. Youth and Government™ gives students a voice to debate and express their concerns.  Delegates are expected to research various government policies and current state issues and prepare to initiate legislation for their annual 3-day conference at The State House in Trenton in April.  Registration is held at the high schools.

Students are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in experiential civic engagement and to, quite literally, practice democracy. Teens from across every state meet in their local Youth and Government™ groups throughout the year to discuss and debate issues that affect citizens of their state and to propose legislation.

The program culminates with teens serving as delegates at a state conference, debating bills on the floor of the legislature.

There is a Westfield club (run with Westfield High School) and a Cranford club (run with Cranford High School).

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  • Participants at the Achievers Banquet
  • Participants of the Leaders Club
  • Participants volunteer with raking
  • Students helping with Leaders Club
  • Volunteers help teach adults about technology