What is the Youth Institute?

The Rapid City YMCA Youth Institute is a program for teens in 7th-12th grade. At its core, Youth Institute is about giving teens the opportunity to develop creative media skills (such as Graphic Design, Filmmaking, and Photography), nurture life and character skills (leadership, team work, job prep, college prep), and discover meaningful friends and connections in a supportive community all along the way.

 

Our program was the first YI program to be established outside of California. We started in 2012 with about 12 teens. Now our Rapid City Youth Institute has over 100 teens who have been apart of the program over the years. The summer program goes from June-July and is a full 8 weeks. During the school year it is an after-school program for teens who have completed the summer program.

 

We will be releasing applications for the Summer of 2018 early next spring.

 

During this Fall, teens entering 6th-8th grade who are not already part of YI can sign up for our YI Mobile program. This is a six-week program after school, Monday-Thursday from 4:00pm-5:00pm, beginning Sept. 18th.  YI Mobile focuses on giving teens a beginning step into the creative basics of photography, video, drawing, and design....all right from their mobile device!  Click the link below to see more.

YI Mobile Info

Summer Program

The summer program runs for 8-weeks, June through July. The first week is a camping trip. The remaining weeks are Monday-Friday from 9:00am-4:00pm.

 

Teens will learn the basics of programs such as: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign as well as how to write, film, & edit a movie, learn better photography skills, work as a team, and build deep friendships.

Each summer we accept 25 teens who are going into 7th-10th grade.

Teens can apply to come back for a 2nd or 3rd summer and continue to develop their skills in higher ranks!

2016 Summer

 Youth Institute

At the end of each summer program we take a select group of teens on a special reward trip! Last year we went to Denver, CO. We took a tour of the Bronco's Stadium, went to a Rockies game, and spent a day at Six Flags!

School Year

During the school year, the Youth Institute exists as an after school program for teens who have completed the 8-week summer program.

With the skills they learn, teens are able to come back for 2nd, 3rd, or 4th years to continue to improve and learn more, as well as use those skills to get Perspective jobs!

Teens are encouraged to come and continue to develop their skills learned during the summer program as well as learn new ones!

We do lots of fun projects and go on field trips throughout the school year. To keep up with our most current projects, check out our Youth Institute Facebook page!

Here are just a few pictures of some of our activities and projects during the school year!

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# of Teens

Teens will learn the basics of programs like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, as well as how to write, film, & edit a movie, learn photography skills, work as a team, and build deep friendships.

Teens can apply to come back for a 2nd or 3rd summer and continue to develop their skills!

Each summer we accept about 25 teens who are going into 7th-9th grade.