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Covington YMCA offers teens leadership, service opportunities

COVINGTON -- The Covington Family YMCA invites teens and their parents to come to an informative meeting on Monday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m. to learn about some great leadership and service opportunities within the YMCA.

Mark Twain said, "There are two most important days in an individual's life: the day they are born and the day they discover why."

Teen Initiatives Director Wes Bender says "The Y is a place to help you discover the 'Why.'"

The Y believes strongly in building cause-driven leaders and encourages teens to get involved. Through the Y, teens have the opportunity to develop leadership skills, participate in service learning, and to have fun with friends and positive role models, too.

Bender will discuss opportunities at the meeting that include a weekend teen leadership retreat in March and Mission Atlanta, a one-week service program in the summer. These opportunities are available to middle and high school students and are budget-friendly ways to get teens involved.

The Covington Family YMCA offers a Leader-in-Training program in conjunction with its summer day camp. Teens ages 13 to 15 participate in fun camp activities, shadow and assist counselors, and help younger campers. The LIT program is a great way for teens to learn leadership skills in a very hands-on way. The Covington Family YMCA is hoping to develop this program into a year-round teen program that will include building skills and participation in service projects.

Teens and parents are welcome to attend the meeting on the 28th to hear about these opportunities. Free pizza will be provided.

For more information, call the YMCA at 770-787-3908 or email Childcare Director Erin Gorman at ering@ymcaatlanta.org.