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About Us

A world full of wonder, beauty and inspiration awaits you! Let YMCA Global Teens be a window of opportunity for the adventure of a lifetime.

YMCA Global Teens is a leadership development and service learning program that engages teenagers (ages 14-18) in a year-long empowering experience culminating in a 2-week service experience, domestic or international, during July/August. The program includes deep personal growth and discovery, cultural travel, meaningful service, home stay experiences, and interaction with teens from around the globe.

The need to understand the intricacies and interdependencies of the world's many cultures, communities and nations has never been more important. Beginning in 1996, YMCA Global Teens has provided more than 900 young people a deepened sense of the social issues impacting our world and methods for positively contributing to our global community.


Past Global Teens trips have been to countries such as South Africa, Thailand, Italy, Senegal, Dominican Republic, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, South Korea, Estonia, Hong Kong and more!

See highlights from previous trips on our YouTube page.

Keep an eye on this page to apply for the 2017 program.