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Mission YMCA Teen Programs

At the Mission YMCA, we offer teen programming that supports growth, nurtures self-expression, unites teens on common causes which paves the path for active and informed citizens of the future. Our programs provide teens the opportunity to take the lead in planning and directing their own programs and become great youth leaders! 

Primed & Prepped: A Youth Culinary Program


This program focuses on healthy living and youth workforce development. Youth develop cooking skills that can be used in a professional kitchen. This program is taught by a professional chef and helps provide youth with the building blocks to find a job in today's competitive job market and develop entrepreneurship skills. The Youth are also encouraged to share cultural and historical facts about food and cooking, demonstrating the tools necessary to build a healthy living foundation. Teen Chefs have the opportunity to grow and develop their culinary skills as they:

  • Can become a part of the Teen Catering Crew

  • Attain access to job resources and a professional network

  • Have the opportunity to interview for a paid internship upon graduating

Ages: 13-18
Cost: Free
When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 4:30 pm-6:30 pm
Where: Mission YMCA | 4080 Mission Street, San Francisco

Youth & Government

The Youth and Government High School Leadership Program is a statewide youth educational program involving more than 2,300 high school students in a six month "hands-on" experience setting. Since its inception, the program has used a variety of activities to build, encourage and strengthen those life assets and character traits that will help high school youth become involved responsible adults.

The tools used are high quality experiential and educational simulations based upon California's state government. The program is very comprehensive and its impact on participants is dramatic. The core purpose of this highly regarded program is exemplified in the motto "Democracy Must Be Learned By Each Generation."

The program begins in September when 2,300 young people and 250 volunteers throughout the state meet as individual delegations to discuss issues facing California. During a nine month period, the teen delegates write bills, select governmental positions to role-play, attend state-wide training conferences and run for various elected offices.

The program reaches its peak in Sacramento, at the State Capitol, with the convening of the five day Model Legislature and Court. There, "real" government moves over and the teen delegates "take over," using the historic halls and chambers of our State Capitol, Supreme Court and Governor's Office.

Check out the California YMCA Youth and Government website at http://www.calymca.org/!