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 mgriffin@myy.org.
All applicants will be notified by October 15, 2020.
 
 
If you have questions, please contact Meredith Griffin at mgriffin@myy.org
 
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.