When children and teens are out of school, many face challenges related to hunger, health, learning, water safety and safe places, which prevent them from reaching their full potential.
Caring staff and volunteers at the Y play a key role on helping youth to overcome these challenges by providing a safe, nurturing place to learn, stay healthy and build friendships, both during the summer and all year long.
So what is this gap? They are complex issues impacting the youth in our community each and every day.
Hunger – 65% of children in Greenwood receive Free or Reduced Lunch at school.
Health – 83% of youth do not get the daily recommended 30 minutes of physical activity. 84% of youth do not eat the daily recommended portions of fruits and vegetables.
Learning – 18% of 3rd graders test below state standards in reading. 17% of youth live in a home with parents who lack a High School Diploma.
Water safety – Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children ages 1-14. Black males ages 11-12 are 10 times more likely to drown in swimming pools than white males of the same age.
Safe Place – 27% of youth in Greenwood live in areas of concentrated poverty, where crime is highest. 16% of children live in a home where no father or male figure is present.
Let’s take a closer look at one of those gaps.
Health (May 20) – Children’s health encompasses their spirit, mind and body. The Y focuses on the whole child – nurturing all aspects of their development so that they can
reach their full potential. Teaching healthy habits – like drinking water and playing every day – is at the core of many Y programs that engage over nine million children and teens annually. Here in Greenwood, 83% of youth do not get the daily recommended 30 minutes of physical activity. 84% of youth do not eat the daily recommended portions of fruits and vegetables. However, we are committed to the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards (knows as HEPA). At every afterschool site and each of our day camp and summer literacy program sites, we’ll keep a focus on the children’s overall health by meeting those standards and doing something about inactivity and poor eating habits!
Hunger (May 13)- All children deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential and nothing is more fundamental than having consistent access to healthy meals. The Y is here to help. At all afterschool sites, we provide a healthy snack, meeting the latest HEPA Standards. As a leading nonprofit for strengthening community the YMCA is addressing child hunger by giving 200+ afterschool children the nourishment they need to be successful in school. During the summer, we provide hot lunches at our outreach programs (summer literacy programs), which when we expand this summer will include a total of 4 sites and as many as 200 children living in low income neighborhoods.
Please check out this VIDEO. Kids here in Greenwood also go home hungry and come to school hungry. We are doing something about it!
Here at the Y we feel strongly that it is our responsibility to provide support and programs that help youth overcome these gaps to achieve more! Without your support, none of this is possible.
There is a great line up of specialty camps at Camp Greenwood.
Creating and maintaining a safe YMCA facility is a big challenge. Check here for the latest updates.
Sponsors help us maintain and expand service to the people who need us most. Please take a look at some of the great opportunities to support your YMCA.
YMCA Facilities are often overcrowded during peak times.
Is your youth wanting to workout in the Fitness Center? There are the expectations for youth ages 10-15 BEFORE they workout. Please check here for details!
We are starting an Adult Co-ed Volleyball league this Summer at the Greenwood Family YMCA. You may sign up as a team or sign up as an individual. Teams must fill out a team roster form and bring it when you sign up. Individuals just have to sign up at the Y. Sign up’s ends on June 9th at 6:30pm.
Games are played starting at 7pm on Tuesday and Thursday nights. 4 males and 2 females must be playing at all times.
Season runs June 15-July 31.
Contact Branden Chesser, Sports Program Director, for more information.
TRADITIONAL DAY CAMP
Camp Greenwood’s traditional day camp fosters children’s emotional, social, physical and creative growth through a range of interactive activities all while building relationships with counselors and staff who serve as role models every day. Camp Greenwood provides youth ages 5-12 with supervised activities that teach core values, conflict resolution and leadership skills. Campers have fun while making new friends, building self-confidence through achievements, gaining a sense of belonging and teamwork. Camp typically includes a choice of activities, crafts, songs, reading, swimming, physical activity and field trips. In addition, your camper will experience archery, hiking, climbing and other fun activities. Some activities require that specific waivers be completed prior to camper participation. All camp activities are age appropriate. The campers are placed into their respective age groups and taken through activities that are geared for their developmental level.
Develop a greater passion for the things you love, or try out something new at one of our specialty camps! Specialty Camps are offered throughout the summer. They are half day camps but campers can choose to stay all day for an additional fee. Camps include fishing, flag football, outdoor adventure, horseback riding, survivor, and cheerleading. This year we are also offering a new camp for homeschool students.
You will find information on dates, costs, downloads (Program Guide, etc.) and online registration HERE.
In Y Swim Lessons participants learn and practice new swimming skills and feel a sense of achievement from mastering something new that they can enjoy the rest of their lives.
Our two week sessions are Monday through Thursday at 5:30pm.
Next Session dates are:
May 25-June 4