The purpose of the YMCA Swimming Emerging Leaders Academy (formerly "Leadership Development Camp") is to guide and assist YMCA swimmers in their development as leaders and change-makers. Participants are high school juniors who have competed for their YMCA at the championship level and have already demonstrated a strong commitment to their team, YMCA, community and to their role as a leader. Participants are selected through an application process that includes a leadership essay, demonstration of leadership behaviors, coach and community evaluations, peer recommendation, school transcript and community service experience. This year's ELA will use a virtual format for engagement, as well as monthly assignments, activities, discussions and projects.
 
2020-21 ELA Participants:
Aaron Williams - Vineland, NJ
Adam Khatib - West Chester, PA
Adam Lalani - Lakeland Hills, NJ
Boone Fleenor - Virginia's Blue Ridge, VA
Dasha Herrington - Down East, ME
Delaney Burns - Upper Main Line, PA
Delaney Medins - Triangle Area, NC
Drew Held - Blue Ash, OH
Dylan Smolders - Upper Main Line, PA
Ella Penny - Spartanburg, SC
Gabriel Speidel - Billings, MT
Heidi Rhodenbaugh - Countryside, OH
Isabelle Gomez - Lakota, OH
Katie Mohr - Northwest NC
Kristy Barry - Down East, ME
Kyle Beebe - Madison, NJ
Leia Grannis - Maysville, KY
Lillian Arps - Oshkosh, WI
Morgan Smith - Virginia's Blue Ridge
Nate Whitworth - Northwest NC
Quinn Danus - Lakeland Hills, NJ
Rueben Williams - Vineland, NJ
Sarah Eldridge - Greater Monmouth, NJ
Sophie Lammers - McGaw, IL
Taylor Stockard - French Creek, OH
 
The Emerging Leaders Academy is coordinated and offered by a collective of experienced YMCA coaches, each of whom  is employed by a local YMCA and maintains all required certifications, trainings and background screenings as prescribed by their respective YMCAs, YMCA of the USA and USA Swimming.