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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services, Young Mens or Womens Associations

Mission: Kings Bay Y is a beneficiary agency of UJA Federation of New York and is the largest not-for-profit organization in South Brooklyn. Kings Bay Y enjoys a reputation of having offered social, cultural, educational and recreational services to people of all ages since 1952.  Kings Bay Y serves approximately 780 people every day, who total for more than 186,620 visits each year.  Primary services of the Kings Bay Y include pre-school and universal pre-kindergarten programs, Sunday children’s programming, after school activities, summer day camp, teen activities, health and fitness programs, swimming, exercise, discussion groups and classes, trips and cultural activities for all ages.  In addition, the Y services special populations with dedicated programming such as the Alzheimer’s Respite Program, Arthritis Aquatics, VISA program (for visually impaired senior adults), Sunday Funday for children with special needs and more.  Services for New Americans include ESL classes, citizenship education and leadership development.  We speak Russian, Hebrew, Chinese and Spanish.

Geographic areas served: Sheepshead Bay, Homecrest, Midwood, Bergen Beach and Mill Basin neighborhoods of Brooklyn, New York

Programs: The day camp serves close to 1,000 children with quality programming ranging from arts and crafts to aquatic and physical education activities during the summer.

the after school program serves hundreds of children with homework assistance, recreational programs, and tutoring assistance.

the early childhood program serves close to 100 children ages 2 through 5. It includes a upk program.

various programs offered include immigrant services, teen and adult program services, pool & aquatics facilities, physical education, social services, esl classes, rehabilitation programming including a program for people with alzheimer's disease, programs for children with special needs, and cultural arts programming. All of these program activities provide educational, recreational, and cultural benefits to all participants from the community.

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so happy I sent my kids to the Kings Bay Y After School Program! My daughter was always engaged in homework or activities and she loved her counselors! My son’s attitude and behavior has improved tremendously and I cannot thank the staff enough! I loved working with Shirley and Sasha; they were always there to help. I am looking forward to a new school year with the Kings Bay Y.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I would like to thank you for the wonderful experience that kids have in your day care program. You run a top notch program and you should be proud of yourselves. There is such a warm and loving environment created by Ms. Gatto , Ms. Eisenstadt and Ilana. My kids were happy and excited to go to school every day and their speech progressed immensely. They went from saying 0 words to speaking full sentences. I have only the best thoughts about this program and absolutely no negative comments. In fact, there were times when my kids were having so much fun in school that they didn't want to come home! Thank you again for everything,

Client Served

Rating: 4

My 8yr old daughter came here for her friends pool birthday party and insisted that we we do her birthday here last year. She had a great time! The counselors were wonderful, very engaged with the kids and had amazing activities planned that we did not have to do anything. She loved the staff so much who made her very special for her birthday. My daughter wanted to be at king bay more, so we signed her up for camp and she got to have more fun last summer with her friends and counselors. She now wants to do a sleepover birthday party there!

10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I used to go to the gym, pool and a play soccer there, but when i heard about the teen lounge and all the programs that are available like the college prep and telem for example, i joined and gave it a shot. I enjoined being there, not only because of the community and the people them-self, but the education and skills they provided me with. I learned how to be a responsible leader and how to think like one. There were trips that we went on and I went to my home country, Israel. It just couldn't get any better. There were so many things that i participated in like food drives and other drives helping the needy and it's just a never ending list. Now that we are provided with refreshments as well, it is even a better place. The teen lounge was renewed and the place is like a paradise.

10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kings Bay Y has a very warm, friendly environment. They are open to everyone - regardless of race, age, or gender. My family and friends have been members of the Y for many years and have only positive things to say about the organization. They have enjoyed the facilities of the Y, such as the pool and steam room, as well as numerous lectures and presentations that have been quite informative and, very importantly, free to the members. The staff is very friendly and helpful. They will smile at you even if you don't know them. There is always an activity available for you, whether you are a pre-schooler or a senior citizen. And from what I have noticed, the Y has been expanding its programs to include an even greater share of population.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first became involved in the Kings Bay YM-YWHA day camp at the age of 10, shortly after moving from New York from California. I had very low self confidence and was incredibly shy. At the Kings BAY YM-YWHA I found a place where i felt safe and could express myself without being judged. I became an active member in the teen department; attending acting classes, trips to holocaust museums, leadership development programs, managing the first food drive, and working as a camp counselor for the same day camp I attended as a child. The Kings Bay YM-YWHA has had a major role in shaping me into the man I am today. I would not have the work ethic, friends, countless memories, or pride in myself if it was not for this incredible organization. What's amazing about the Kings Bay YM-YWHA is that my story is not unique. The Kings Bay YM-YWHA welcomes anyone and everyone, and almost always leaves a positive and lasting mark on its members. Now that I am in my sophomore year of college, it is safe to say Kings Bay YM-YWHA has become my second family, and I would love to help them in any way that I can.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

People are very helpful and service-oriented at they Y, if someone looks confused or says they need to find someone, everyone jumps up from what they are doing to walk them to what they need. The kids really enjoy the programs, they are well-thought out. At every moment there is an activity or a new experience. This is true for the teen programs, the teens get really excited and throw themselves into what is going on in the program, willing to go buy extra stuff and do extra work to make the experience more memorable.

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Former staff

Rating: 4

I have been working at the Kings Bay YM-YWHA for six consecutive years. Through working as a camp counselor, a teen member, a teen leadership adviser, I was able to meet some of the most amazing, sweetest people a person could find or even ask for. The Kings Bay Y has always been there for not only me but the community as well. Every month, there are at least two major events, that pull the entire community together and build a stronger bond. The Kings Bay Y goes out of their way to fix any concerns guests are having and they are constantly building on past events and making them bigger and better. Although I no longer work at the Kings Bay Y, I plan to definitely come back again and look forward to the numerous upcoming programs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been part of the Kings Bay YM-YWHA family for almost five years now. The Kings Bay Y, or as we like to call it the "Y" has become nothing less but a family to me. I have been part of many programs at the Y, such as classes that are being offered, volunteering in many community projects and events that the Y held. Also, I am currently a part of the Kings Bay Y Teen Program, and I can honsetly say that some of the best experiences and life lessons have been accumulated through this program. From the trip to Israel (TELEM) and visit to Washington, D.C (Panim el Panim), the Kings Bay Y has become no less that a home to me. I love love love this Jewish Center, and will advise anyone to join because it offers great programs to everyone, of any age.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

i love it here. for teens there is soo much to do, we have the teen lounge open twice a week with so much to offer. we have access to the pool, two workout rooms, and a huge gym. also when you're in the building its like a sense of community and you feel so united. also the teens have many opportunities to help out the community. we hold food drives yearly and do many other events. Kings bay y prepares us for the real world with a sense of family. all the teens work together, play together and live (in a sense) together.