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 be offered entirely on a virtual platform. Participants will be grouped into 6 regional cohorts with certified and experienced YMCA coach-facilitators assigned to each cohort. Learning sessions will occur once per month from November 2020 through April 2021 for 1-2 hours each session. Participants will also engage in individual and group activities, projects, assignments and discussions as well as initiate and lead a change-maker project in their community. 
Application deadline: September 30, 2020
Please submit your application as one .pdf document to Meredith Griffin at
All applicants will be notified by October 15, 2020.
If you have questions, please contact Meredith Griffin at
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.