Mission: When you look around the y you will see people of all ages, genders and races. The y's commitment to diversity reflects a belief that people from all backgrounds benefit from ongoing interaction with each other. The y is a cause-driven organization with three vital areas of focus; youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. See schedule o
Programs: Youth developmentour y is committed to nurturing the potential of every child and teen. We believe that all 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 y programs focus on youth development, such as special needs programs for youth, teens and adults with disabilities, youth sports, after school programming, youth aquatics and preschool childcare programs. These programs offer a range of experiences that enrich cognitive, social, physical and emotional growth. We offer four preschool programs at our sites- one at each of our two branches, one at ncci holdings inc. (a corporate based program) and one at the volen center, a local senior center. More than 450 children attended preschool in 2014, with those demonstrating need receiving financial assistance. Our goals are to provide affordable, quality childcare for preschool children ages 3 months to 5 years, to provide working families with a safe place for their children while they work and to prepare children to enter elementary school ready to learn. Summer camp programs were attended by 1976 children in 2014 with more than 10% of the children receiving financial assistance. Our day camps allow parents to maintain employment and provide for their families, while giving children an opportunity to experience developmental assets, character development, physical activity, and socialization with children of various abilities and ethnic backgrounds. Summer camp also offers children an opportunity to try new things and learn new skills through sports, aquatics and a variety of fun and educational field trips. The y sports program promotes fair play and builds self-esteem. Leagues and classes ensure that children learn the importance of teamwork as well as the rules of the game. While skills of the game are taught, the character values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility are most important, teaching children self-esteem and sportsmanship. We offer basketball, cheerleading, flag football, soccer, swim lessons, swim team, t-ball, martial arts and volleyball programs each year. More than 6,700 children and teens participated in our youth sports programs last year.
healthy livingthe y is a leading voice in improving the nation's health and well-being. We bring families closer together, encourage good health and foster connections through fitness, sports, enrichment and shared interests. This is particularly important as our nation struggles with an obesity crisis, families struggle with work/life balance, and individuals search for personal fulfillment. The y is a membership-based organization and wellness programs are at the core of our programming. More than 150 fitness classes are offered and provide important health benefits such as cardiovascular conditioning, muscular strengthening, endurance improvement and body fat reductions. Spirit, mind and body classes such as yoga and pilates affect health and wellness by reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, improving circulation and increasing flexibility. In a partnership with bethesda memorial hospital, we offer an on-site physical rehabilitation program to our community. This allows an individual to receive land or aquatic physical therapy with licensed therapists. Upon completing the program, participants receive a customized fitness program to encourage faster healing and strength training. Launched in 2014, the y offers evidence-based prevention programming to prevent chronic disease. The ymca's diabetes prevention program helps those at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight in order to reduce their chances of developing the disease. Classes are held at the y and throughout the community. The ultimate goal of the ymca's health and wellness programs is to create healthier lifestyles among individuals and their families with a focus on reducing the threat of health issues by establishing goals for our member and helping them achieve those goals. The y continues to play a significant role in improving the health of our community.
social responsibilityour y believes in giving back and supporting our neighbors. We have been listening and responding to our community's most critical social needs for more than 40 years. Y programs, such as the annual campaign, grant funding and volunteer opportunities, are examples of how we deliver training, resources and support that empower our neighbors to effect change, bridge gaps and overcome obstacles. In 2014, we engaged more than 40,000 y members, participants, volunteers and community partners in activities that strengthen ourselves, our communities and pave the way for future generations to thrive. The y believes that it has a role in stimulating volunteerism, building citizen leaders of all ages, and providing the opportunities for people to give back addresses an important societal need and transforms our county into a welcoming community. This effort not only enables the y to accomplish its mission, but will also provide the volunteers with life-changing leadership development opportunities. The y is committed to teaching by word and example; that there are many ways to consider others before self and to develop one's gifts, enabling individuals to do important things for their community. To this point, more than 579 volunteers have provided services to the y through involvement in our three boards, as coaches on the sports field as well as in many of our other areas as program and policy volunteers. Prime timeymca of south palm beach county has partnered with prime time of palm beach county with funding support from the children's services council of palm beach county to provide ymca physical activity and wellness expanded learning opportunities to out-of-school time sites throughout palm beach county. Prime time sets quality standards and a system of performance through assessment, technical assistance and resources as well as offering a broad and diverse range of program enhancements to after school providers. During the 2014 fiscal year, the y served more than 60 afterschool programs and summer camps throughout palm beach county and impacted more than 4,800 youth and adults. Community supportin 2014, $1,023,000 was donated by individuals, businesses, and community partners to help more than 12,000 individuals receive financial assistance. In addition, the y attracted $294,000 in public funding so that programs such as community family days, caridad summer camp (children of migrant workers), and drowning prevention/water safety receive instruction free to the community. The y is proud to have launched a robust drowning prevention initiative in palm beach county with a focus on safety around water beyond the y's traditional swim instruction. This program's purpose is to engage and educate parents about the importance of water safety skills and provide more of america's youth access to water safety lessons. More than 5,200 swim lessons were conducted in 2014 and 13 at-risk groups identified by community strengthening agencies such as nonprofits, churches, schools, preschools and community centers received instruction as well. With the formation of a community wide task force our goal is to develop a single place for water safety resources in palm beach county, as well as to develop common language and positioning from all members. Special needs programthe y is one of the few facilities to offer a program such as our special needs program in the palm beach county area. The y recognizes the vital necessity in offering our services to the community's children with disabilities and is even meeting the rising needs of programming for children with autism. The program is inclusive of trips for social development and life skills training, as well as, community trips to inclusions with children in our other y programs. After school care for children with disabilities is limited by the school district. The program is inclusion-based and provides appropriate staff-to-child ratios to accommodate children who are high and low functioning for children ages 5 to 22 years. Children who are higher functioning enjoy 75% of the day integrating with typically developing children. They are from northern broward county to west palm beach and receive transportation from their elementary, middle or high schools to the y to participate in the program. In 2014, nearly 70 youth, teens and young adults with disabilities participated in special needs programming at the y. Y bike programas of 2012, florida has been ranked the #1 state to be injured on a bicycle, (bureau of transportation statistics). To combat this statistic the y responded by creating the ybike program. This program launched in 2013, to provide biking skills, riding etiquette and safety helmets to our community children in small group settings. This eight class course focuses on distributing important safety information as well as refining already learned biking techniques. Through the program, knowledge is gathered to help keep bikers safe on our roads. Currently, more than 300 children are enrolled in this program throughout the summer and 60 children have passed our course. This program will also teach our afterschool participants with our future goal to be county wide. Ybike promotes bike safety and awareness as well as promoting a healthy lifestyle.
brief organization historythe y has been a pioneer throughout its 170-year history, helping strengthen communities, keeping abreast of critical needs, and bringing people together to learn, grow and thrive. The y is a movement and a cause and since no two communities are alike, no two y's are exactly alike. We bring men, women and children together and our shared commitment to a strong community ensures the opportunities we create are everyone's. Whether developing skills or emotional well-being through education and training programs to respond to the education enrichment, responding to local concerns with drowning prevention programs, welcoming and connecting diverse demographic populations through global services, or working to prevent chronic disease and building healthier communities through collaborations with health care communities, the y fosters the care and respect that all people need and deserve.