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Teen Programs - Nyack


We know that when we work as one, we move people and communities forward. That’s why we are committed to providing support to our neighbors and opportunities for kids, adults and families to give, join in or advocate in the name of stronger communities.



 (Grades 9 through 12)

Make a difference in your community by becoming involved in the political process.  Get a taste of various public service careers to find if they match your interests and talents.  Develop lasting friendships and expand your horizons.  The YMCA Youth and Government is a national program involving thousands of teens in forty state programs all across the nation.  The New York State YMCA Youth and Government program provides high school teens at Nyack, Pearl River and North Rockland high schools with an opportunity to have their voice heard and to learn how change is brought about through the democratic political process.  You do this is a hands-on manner by playing the role of a legislator, attorney, judge, lobbyist, or journalist over the course of a three to four month Winter and Spring program. 

  • As a participant, you, with others in the program, will first identify a community issue of concern and develop a written plan of action in consultation with local YMCA and participating school leaders and government officials. 
  • Next, at a District Conference you will receive training in the legislative process, press relations and lobbying techniques and participate in a judicial seminar or model Appellate Court.
  • In the third phase you will travel to Albany and participate in an intensive three day Albany Model Legislative Weekend in March at the State Capital, Legislative Office Building and Judicial Building.
  • In Phase 4 you will meet with your local assembly member and senator to lobby for bills passed by the Model Legislature, resolutions of the Judicial Conference and executive actions proposed in the Executive Report produced in Phase 3.  More than eighty current New York State laws had their start in this program.

This program is open to teens in grades 9 to 12 at Nyack, North Rockland and Pearl River High Schools.

 The teacher contacts at the high schools are:

Rudy Arietta at Nyack,

Jeff Michael at Pearl River. 

  If you are interested in participating contact Chuck Maze at or contact your school Youth & Government Advisor.

Students may continue with the program each year throughout their stay at high school.  Those who become Youth Officers and other outstanding participants go on to participate in the YMCA National Affairs Conference in Black Mountain, NC and the National Youth Governors Conference in Washington, DC. 


Rockland County YMCA Student Delegates presenting their resolution at the Teddy Roosevelt House in Albany. From left to right: Jailyn Gardner, of Valhalla High School, Karina Edouard, Sophia Marshall and Nia England of Nyack High School. 



CONTACT: Joeffrey Gardner, Youth & Teen Director    845-358-3065

 Our 6 week program offers a supportive and engaging program for teens ages 12-15. The emphasis at Teen Camp is about relationships and relationship building.  Our Teen Camp staff is well-balanced and mature with skills and interests that reflect the diverse personalities of our Teen Camp population.  The program is on-site at Marydell  four days a week, and travels off-site on a trip once a week.  On the days that Teen Camp is at tMarydell they will enjoy the familiar camp activities such as swimming, arts & crafts, sports & games, cooking, music & drama, group games, team building activities, nature programs and much, much more.


AGES; 12-16

HOURS: 9:00 - 5:00 (pre and post camp available for an extra fee)

DATES: June 26 to August 4 (6 one week sessions)

FEES:  $150 per week - all participants MUST take a YMCA Teen membership $115



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