Preparing The Teens of Tomorrow, Today.
Say “Hi” to Hi-Y.
In 1889, Kansas YMCA formed the first High Y (Hi-Y) Club for high school boys. Hawai‘i’s first Hi-Y Club formed in 1918 at McKinley High School, followed by clubs at O'ahu College (renamed Punahou School), Kamehameha Schools, and Mills Institute for Boys (known today as Mid-Pacific Institute). Clubs for girls (Tri-Y), middle school (Jr. Hi/Tri-Y), and elementary (Gra-Y) were added later.
YMCA Youth & Government
Today, YMCA Youth & Government involves thousands of teens nationwide in state-organized, model-government programs. It teaches youth about our democratic system of government and how to advocate for their beliefs in a civil and respectful way. Established in a New York YMCA in 1936, Youth & Government was launched in Hawai‘i in 1950 by YMCA Honolulu Hi-Y and Tri-Y Clubs. Their topic was the hottest issue of the day: Statehood.
Y Changemakers Today
Youth-Led Participatory Action Research, or Y-PAR, teaches teens to become community changemakers by learning to identify critical community needs, develop programs to address those needs, and to collect data to ensure the programs are working.