Paris-Bourbon County YMCA

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Issues: Human Services

Location: 917 Main Street Paris KY 40361 USA

Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
Target demographics: 50% Male & Female 25% Children (0-5) 50% Youth (6-12) 25% Adults (19-55)
Direct beneficiaries per year: 3,200 members and 4,000 program participants
Geographic areas served: Bourbon, Harrison and Nicholas Counties
Programs: Membership The Paris-Bourbon County YMCA's most effective way to strengthen relationships and member involvement is by engaging members at all levels and all ages. The Y provides opportunities beyond individual and family activities for members to become involved, volunteer and lead at the Y. The Y engages members to move from a casual member, to a volunteer and to a supporter for the Y. We do this by engaging them with other members and programs and through staff involvement. The Y is inclusive of membership by providing access to all regardless of ability, age, ethnicity/race, religion, sexual orientation or income level. We provide financial assistance that makes the Y accessible and affordable to all. Membership development is relationship based and focused on engaging members as whole persons and providing personalized experiences in a supportive, uplifting environment. Aquatics Aquatic programming has long been a mainstay in building healthy spirit, mind and body for children and adults. The YMCA’s aquatic programs provide opportunities for holistic health and well-being often with a focus on health seeker’s and their families. Our YMCA has the only pool in our community and we open our outdoor pool to anyone who wants to participate. We also allow the high school swim teams and the Special Olympic swim team to sue our pools at no cost. Child Care Through our licensed pre-school and after-school centers, the Y is a champion in the holistic development of children and youth. Our pre-school operates for 12 hours a day in a safe, nurturing environment where children are prepared for later school success. The Y collaborates with the United Way and the Child Care Council to ensure our staff are trained and certified. Our commitment to quality includes participation in the Governor Starts for Kids Now initiative. Our after-school program provides care throughout the school year and all day care for children during snow days, holiday breaks and early school dismissals. Our character-driven program helps children develop moral and ethical behavior and builds self-esteem. The Y summer camp program offers adventure and learning activities that provide challenge, education, and promote spiritual awareness, mental development, physical well being, social growth and self-respect. Our camp is open to all regardless of ability to pay. Health & Wellness The Paris-Bourbon County YMCA addresses the most pressing challenges of the diverse population we serve. We do this by providing a broad range of accessible, effective and quality programs to address a variety of ongoing and emerging individual and community needs. All of these programs are anchored in the Y's philosophy of personal growth in spirit, mind and body. Building upon our charitable heritage, financial assistance ensured those who need the Y most- from all backgrounds and income levels-were able to benefit. The majority of adults who join the Y do so because they wish to participate in some form of exercise. In 2009, our Y became a part of the Pioneering Healthier Communities initiative which collaborates with other community organizations to make policy and environmental changes so that our community becomes a healthier place to live. Our focus is on childhood obesity which Kentucky ranks 5th in our nation for having a high prevalence for overweight and obese children. Youth & Teens Building strong kids means supporting and empowering children to develop the values and skills they will carry with them throughout life. Those that are ingrained with strong values become leaders in our communities. Our youth sports include soccer, basketball, flag football, volleyball and gymnastics. Volunteer development is key in our team sports. All of our volunteer coaches and parents sign a code of conduct agreeing to be respectful of all. The Y offers a variety of free community-wide activities. At our Healthy Kids Day, children and their families enjoyed games, activities and healthy snacks. In 2009, the Y began its Therapeutic Recreation programs for individuals with mental and physical disabilities. We serve individuals ranging from 4 years through young adult. They participated in swimming, gymnastics, fitness classes, after school care and summer day camp. This program is funded through a foundation grant with the goal of becoming self-supporting in the years to come.

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