The Stamford Family YMCA's LEAD High School program serves students in ninth through twelfth grade. It is designed to build a solid moral foundation, strong character, valuable life skills, high self-esteem, leadership skills, a sense of responsibility, respect for others, personal motivation, physical well-being and strong family values and academic success.

Each student will receive:

  • Leadership training to become better leaders in their community
  • Job skills workshop
  • Tutoring
  • Fellowship with a diverse population of teens
  • Valuable life skills training
  • YMCA membership
  • Access to computers and technology
  • Opportunities to become active within their community
  • Staff and peer group support
  • Guidance in their personal lives, college and career selection
  • Health, nutrition, and exercise classes
  • Outdoor leadership and adventure training
  • Swimming lessons
  • Regular progress reviews

Each student is expected to:

  • Set and achieve personal goals
  • Build character through weekly discussion meetings and activities
  • Perform 30 hours of volunteer service for the year
  • Become responsible members of the YMCA and utilize the facilities
  • Avoid substance abuse
  • Achieve better grades
  • Attain high levels of school attendance
  • Graduate from High School
  • Attend an institution of higher learning
  • Become productive law-abiding citizens
  • Return after graduation as mentors