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33 South Main St Nazareth PA 18064 USA
The mission of the ymca is to put christian principles into action through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Ymca programs focus on four core values - caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. We serve men, women, and children of all ages, races, abilities, incomes, and religions. See attachment for further description
Youth development - the ymca is committed to nurturing the potential of every child and teen. We believe all kids have great potential and deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. That's why we help young people cultivate the values, skills, and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement. Our ymca porgrams offer a range of experiences that enrich social- emotional, cognitive and physical growth. Our child care program offers high quality child care activities for preschool and school age children from all segments or our community. Our day camp offers adventure and learning activities that provide challenge, education and promote spiritual awareness, mental development, physical well-being, social growth, and self respect. The greater valley ymca offers a wide variety of programs that help promote the healthy development of youth. Our ymca served hundreds of children from the community through our range of year round, childcare services that were administered over three sites. Children ages 6 weeks to 6 years are cared for at the keystone stars accredited early childhood development center site located in forks township, pa. The eastons pre-k south side site has three and four year olds identified as at risk of school failure due to income, learning disablity or the challenges associated with being an english language learner. Students experience the type of high quality pre kindergarten education that will adequately prepare them for kindergarten. This education is offered at no cost to families who meet the income guidelines. Children graduating from family ymca preschool and pre kindergarten programs have been reported as scoring in the top 10% of children entering kindergarten at a local school district. About 35% of our school age child care program, which provides before and after school care during the school year, benefit from financial assistance or state subsidy. Each summer, our day camp maintains an enrollment of 115 weekly. Day camp implements programming that spingboard off the school age program and expands to include a variety of activities that bring purposeful play and meaningful experiences to children. Our ymca also offer specialty camps that help participants delve deeper into areas of interest, develop talent, and foster interest in learning. Teen programing includes leaders in training (lit), designed for youth ages 13 and 14. Each summer, about 12 teens participate in the leaders in training program which operates hand- in-hand with our day camp program. Other programing includes the teen center, which serves kids in grades 5 through 12. About twenty teens visit the teen center each day after school.
social responsibility as part of our ymca's focus on social responsibility, we help at-risk families acquire the skills and resources they need to be well and highly functional. We believe it is a social responsibility to build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities. Our ymca offers parents night out once monthly, nine months per year, and encourages couples to spend time together, refuel and nurture the marriage, all while knowing that children are well cared for by qualified ymca staff. Many single parents take advantage of parents night out as well. Family connection is a non-profit, community partner who sponsors a parenting program called parents who care (pwc) that helps to strengthen the family. Parents who care is designed to assist low income families in becoming better parents and prevent the onset of child abuse. The greater valley ymca partners with weed and seed to facilitate the summer nights program which provides wholesome, family- centered activities that help to strengthen targeted, at-risk neighborhoods. With each event, a community partner sponsors a healthy meal and an activity designed to promote development in children as well as family bonding. Each summer night event typically serves about 100 individuals, many of whom enjoy their only healthy meal of the day at the event. Food and programming is offered free of charge. The ymca's outreach and social commitment is further realized by the management of two community pools owned by the city of easton, pa. Eddyside pool and heil pool serve a combined 300 memberships and 13,000 day passes each summer. Heil pool, in particular, is located on the south side of town, which is marked by lower income demographics. In 2011, a summer lunch program which included swim lessons for some children as well as pool admission was added and operated at heil park which is adjacent to heil pool. Community partner such as the rotary club of easton made this offering possible. At our ymca, we hold outreach events that promote health, wellness and the development of children. A major event held at our ymca each year is healthy kids day. Healthy kids day welcomes over 400 people from the community and serves as a major venue for sharing information about children's health and wellness, and connecting families with other wellness resources found locally. Other annual events offered by our ymca include y arts week and the firecracker 4 miler. Our ymca has an outreach committee coordinated by volunteers, this committee strategically looks at the greatest needs of residents within the community and responds with solutions such as food and clothing banks as well as gift collections for children during the holiday season.
healthy living- the y is committed to improving america's health and well- being, community by community. We bring families closer together, encourage good health and foster connections through fitness, sports, fun and shared interest. People in our community receive support, guidance and resources they need to achieve greater health in spirit, mind and body. This is particularly important as our nation struggles with chronic disease and obesity, families wrestle with work/life balance and individuals search for personal fulfillment. Our programs are accessible, affordable and open to all faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels.
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