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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 (grades 6-12)

Achievers is a college readiness, career development, life skills, leadership and mentoring program offered at no cost for diverse students in grades 6-12 in Union County. Contact Nadya Lawrence at nlawrence@westfieldynj.org for information.

Leaders Club (Grades 6-12)

This club is for teens committed to making a difference, both locally and globally. Leaders volunteer at the Y and in the community. Contact Jeff Macleod at jmacleod@westfieldynj.org or x248.

Model UN (Grades 9-12)

Students are introduced to the operations and structure of the United Nations and have the opportunity to gain awareness of other cultures. Students assume the role of UN delegates and debate current issues which affect the global community. This Y program  takes place in cooperation with Cranford and Westfield High Schools.

Interested students should contact their high school advisors in early September.

Youth and Government

Modeled after the state government, this club is run in conjunction with the Westfield and Cranford High Schools and gives students a voice to debate and express their concerns. Delegates are expected to research various government policies and current state issues and initiate legislation for their annual 3 day conference at the State House in Trenton in April.

Registration is held at the high schools in Mid-January.

  • 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