Mission: The Community YMCA, founded in 1874, is a unique member and social services, community-based organization guided by volunteer board members who offer their time, talent and resources to help meet health and social needs including childcare, summer day camp, arts and humanities education, youth memberships, mental health and substance abuse counseling, foster care, etc. Our core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility are incorporated into all our programs and services.
Programs: Youth developmentparents and guardians across monmouth county, nj rely on the y's nurturing academic programs and enriching day camps to support the cognitive, emotional, physical and social development of their children. The y believes guidance, encouragement and support along the learning continuum from early learning to high school graduation and beyond provide the best opportunities for young people to achieve their full potential. Our child achievement team provides academic preschool, before and after school care, saturday enrichment, and summer camp programs in aberdeen, asbury park, hazlet, little silver, matawan, middletown, monmouth beach, red bank, wall and west long branch. 2014 child achievement highlights:- approximately 300 students were served in our preschool programs for children 2-5 years old. - more than 1,500 students, ages 5-12, were served in our school-age programs. - through a partnership with the horizon foundation of new jersey and the new jersey ymca state alliance, children in our preschool and after school programs increase their physical activity and learn about proper nutrition in the healthy u program. Funded by horizon, healthy u is a childhood obesity prevention initiative that includes curriculum designed by the university of texas science center school of public health with an education component for parents. The community ymca has a strong commitment to nurturing the development of youth and teens through our leadership and arts enrichment programs. These programs foster creative thinking and problem-solving skills and give kids positive role models to help them develop self-esteem and good values. - the y's arts & outreach division engages approximately 800 youth and teens in school and community settings throughout monmouth and ocean counties. Opportunties include: civic engagement programs such as youth and government, model united nations; leadership programs including girls circle, boys council, girls on the run and teen achievers, and y arts clubs and summer programs. The y's outdoor day camps camp arrowhead in marlboro and camp zehnder in wall provide approximately 1,000 children a fun, safe, summer camp experience. Campers enjoyed actvities such as swimming, archery, organic gardening, high & low ropes, cooking, boating and a variety of sports activities. To help ensure that all children have the opportunity to benefit from the enriching exeriences in our programs, the y provides tuition assistance. In 2014, $329,000 in child care subsidies was provided to families to nurture the development of their chldren. Additionally, we provide aid to families who need our help due to family violence, substance abuse and other challenging issues by collaborating with social service agencies. And, to help parents develop positive parenting skills and adopt healthy habits, we offer a variety of parent education programs and opportunities for families to enjoy time together.
social responsibilityour y understands the challenges that keep individuals and families from reaching their full potential and responds with a host of counseling and social services that strengthen individual growth and famly life. In 2014, we provided behaviorial healthcare services to approximately 1,800 children, adults and families in our area. More than 1,400 children and families benefit each year from our programs, which are designed to offer safe, confidential services in a caring and supportive environment. -we provided approximately 4,833 supervised visits between foster children and their biological parents and over 9,247 hours of mentoring for at-risk youth and their parents. -our outpatient team provided approximately 9,613 mental health and substance abuse counseling sessions from our office in matawan. -play therapy services were provided to over 182 children between the ages of 4 and 12. -approximately 50 adolescents received intensive, four day a week, substance abuse treatment from our intensive outpatient program for teens. -supportive services were provided for about 300 children living in foster homes throughout monmouth county. -nearly 90 families received in-home therapeutic services through our family support program and our family preservation program. -we opened the bayshore family success center in 2o13 to connect families to community resources regarding federal, state, county and local supported services and to assist them with up-to-date information pertaining to superstorm sandy recovery and rebuilding efforts. In 2014, nearly 2,000 individuals were served.
healthy livingthe family health and wellness center brings together people from all ages, incomes, backgrounds and communities from throughout monmouth county. The y has been a mainstay in the red bank area since 1874. More than 9,210 members count on the y for their health and wellness needs. Located near downtown red bank, the facility features a warm-water therapeutic pool, a 25-yard lap pool, indoor track and gymnasium. The center encourages healthy living for all ages with dynamic health and wellness programs at the facility and in the community. In 2014, the center expanded its reach into southern monmouth county, providing aquatics programs and safety certification courses to over 800 individuals at the lass aquatics center, located at camp zhender. Members and community residents benefited from numerous no-cost health and wellness programs made possible through partnerships and collaborations, including health screenings and disease prevention and nutrition seminars. As part of the center's commitment to ensuring that everyone, regardless of age, income or background has the opportuinty to learn, grow and thrive, $147,253 in financial assistance was provided to over 700 individuals to help offset membership and program fees. Family health and wellness 2014 highlights- more than 11,250 members and guests were served at the facilty through fitness and wellness programs. - approximately 825 had their first experience in learning how to swim at the y. - approximately 1,724 progressive swim classes and about 115 group fitness classes were held for members each week. - more than 90 youth and teens per week enjoyed the youth and teen center with strength training and cardio equipment and interactive video fitness games. - more than 1,766 kids participated in a variety of programs, including sports, basketball leagues, progressive swim lessons, music, science and arts. - 159 children and adults learned how to swim in our community learn to swim outreach program, 250 third graders received no cost water safety seminars and 4 free swim lessons as part of our third grade swim program, and 358 students in red bank received free healthy kids memberships to keep them active.