Summer Serve group of volunteer teensA Summer of Service, Leadership, and Friendship

Summer Serve, a YMCA/United Way Partnership provides local youth ages 12-17 with the opportunity to spend their summer volunteering, developing leadership skills, and making friendships that last a lifetime.

This six-week program, divided into three separate two-week sessions, is designed to help young people awaken their inner leader, build their teamwork skills, and meet like-minded peers while creating positive change in their community. Summer Serve participants learn about different areas of need in Frederick County through hands-on experience while working on service projects at various local nonprofits. They will experience a team-based environment that will present them with challenges and opportunities to gain a valuable combination of knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors.

Leadership Week takes place at the end of the summer, and all registered Summer Serve participants are eligible to apply. This optional week gives participants an opportunity to further expand upon their ability to work well with others and learn how they can serve as a catalyst for positive change in our community.

For more information, please contact Evan Bates at

Pricing Information:

Summer Serve 2021 costs $300 for YMCA Members and $380 for Potential YMCA Members per session, per participant. 

A non-refundable deposit of $25 (per session) is required to hold a spot in the Summer Serve program and is due upon registration. The remainder of the program fees, less the deposit, must be paid in full no later than two weeks before the session starts.

Register for Summer Serve

What is Leadership Week?

Leadership Week is a session that is less hands-on community service work and is more focused on how to become a leader in the community. Anybody who participates in at least one of the three sessions during the Summer Serve Program is eligible to apply to participate in Leadership Week. It is designed for those who really enjoyed their time volunteering for Summer Serve and want to continue to make a difference on their own time. We will provide Leadership Week participants with information and resources they need to become a leader in their community through workshops, conferences, guest speakers, activities, games, and more. We also want to teach professionalism and provide participants with resume-building and job skills through our workshops and mock interviews. Just like our regular Summer Serve sessions, Leadership Week is a great resume builder and a great way for young people to network and get to know the community that they live in.

*The application for Leadership Week will be made to all registered participants later in the summer. Due to high demand and limited space, there will be a competitive application process.

Summer Serve Financial Aid

Not sure if you are eligible to receive financial assistance for Summer Serve? Complete the YMCA of Frederick County Financial Aid Application.

Summer Serve 2019 Re-cap

There were a total of 71 Summer Serve participants, who collectively contributed 1,815 volunteer hours to the Frederick Community, which is also $44,812 worth of labor!

 Thank you so much to the hardworking Summer Serve participants for dedicating their summer to serve the following nonprofits/agencies:

 Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership, Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County, Girls on the Run MD, Housing Authority for the City of Frederick, Seeds of Life Nurseries, The Great Frederick Fair, The Religious Coalition, Frederick County Public Schools, Rock Creek School, The Frederick Rescue Mission, The Frederick County Judy Center, Advocates for Homeless Families, Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley, Frederick County Public Libraries, Human Trafficking Response Team, and Walkersville Lunch Program.