March 3/12/2020 -- In light of COVID 19 outbreak, this summer’s Global Teens programs has been suspended while we identify domestic opportunities to replace the planned international trips.


The Global Teens Program is designed to develop international understanding, leadership skills, and cultural competency as well as provide service learning opportunities for youth ages 14-17.  It promotes civic engagement and a deeper understanding of social issues on a local and global scale to prepare young people to lead in the 21st century. In 2019, the YMCA of Greater Seattle will participate in the YMCA175, London from August 3rd-8th 2019

In the summer of 2020, the YMCA of Greater Seattle will offer two trips, Shainghai, China and Kobe, Japan. 

Global Teens Japan



Applications for YMCA Global Teens trip to China and Japan 2020 are OPEN! On selection, participants will attend pre-trip gatherings with their travel group which will focus on team-building, leadership development, and cultural competency trainings in preparation for their trip. The application and selection process consists of the following:

1. APPLY ON THIS LINK: Global Teens Youth Application 
2. In-Person or Phone Interview

Priority Deadline- December 20th, 2019
Final Deadline- January 5th, 2020

Once your application has been reviewed, you may be invited for an in-person interview. In-person interviews will take place at the following YMCA locations:

Chosen Global Teens participants will attend pre-trip gatherings focused on team-building, leadership development and cultural competency trainings in preparation for their trip. On the trip, each student will experience Japanese language, life and culture and connect with local youth through their three day trip to YMCA Camp Yoshima, visiting historic Kyoto, touring Kobe and a home-stay with a Japanese family from the Kobe YMCA.



Global Teens is proudly sponsored by: