Courage, Confidence & Camaraderie



Hundreds of Y teens from across the entire state wrapped up their year having the time of their lives! YMCA Camp Cristina hosted the 2017 Leaders Fall Rally with 300 Teen Leaders and Club Advisors coming from as far as Miami.


Over the course of the weekend, teens had various opportunities to develop new skills, try new things and meet teens from all over Florida. “The Teen Leaders had a blast kayaking, canoeing and playing beach volleyball,” shares Camp Cristina Leaders’ Club Advisor Raekwan Perry. Their daring team-building activities also included zip lining, paintball and high rope challenge courses. “The theme of the rally was family and how Teen Leaders’ Club is just like a family – very supportive and accepting of all no matter what,” says Raekwan.


No doubt all that courage and calorie-burning makes for some hungry teens! “Thank you to our board members – Andrew Davis, Kenneth Bonnett and Larry Eaton – who were able to come out to make pancakes for all of our teens,” says Raekwan. “We wanted to thank Vice President of Youth Development Candace Culver and our new President & CEO Matt Mitchell for coming out as well. The teens really appreciated that.”


Thank you to all our board members, volunteers, hard-working staff and Teen Leaders for pulling off a tremendously successful event! “Many people have said that this was one of their favorite Leaders Club Rallies ever, and I know we put a lot of work in to ensure that was the case! This was truly my favorite moment of my six years at the Y,” testifies Raekwan.


This rally is just one of the ways Teen Leaders build new relationships, learn valuable skills, get involved in the community, earn volunteer hours and learn what it truly means to be a Leader. Click here to learn how you and/or your kids can get involved with Teen Leaders Club.

Pictured above: About 300 Teen Leaders from Ys across the state spent an entire weekend at Camp Cristina learning about self-confidence, teamwork and healthy living habits.  

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