Mission: The ymca of northern rock county is a charitable, community-based service organization that includes men, women, and children of all ages, abilities, incomes, races, and religions. We are dedicated to building strong kids, strong families, and strong communities by putting christian principles into practice through programs that promote healthy lifestyles, strong values, leadership development, community interaction and international understanding. All persons are welcome at our ymca regardless of their ability to pay. Our ymca was founded by volunteers from the community and continues to be led by volunteers who serve as board members, coaches, mentors, program leaders, instructors, and more. The ymca of northern rock county is part of a national and international movement and pays dues to support the work of the ymca of the usa at home and abroad.
Programs: Ymca's health and wellness programs are designed to improve the health and wellness of the community by encouraging and enabling adults and youth to live healthier lives through a combination of physical activity, nutrition, spiritual and emotional support, fun, fellowship and friendship. Health and wellness programs focus on healthy spirit, mind, and body. In addition to utilizing ymca resources, these programs also utilize collaborations with local health care providers to address issues such as diabetes, obesity, and providing exercise opportunities for folks with special needs. In light of the rising obesity rates in this country, our ymca participates in the activate america initiative and engages in a variety of events and community activities designed to help the "at risk population" develop habits and relationships that lead to more active, healthy lifestyles. Fitness classes provide an opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to exercise and live healthier lives--physically, mentally, and socially. Programs include indoor cycling, water aerobics, water walking, cardio kick boxing, muscle tone and conditioning, step aerobics, pilates, yoga and pre-natal yoga, programs specifically for seniors, and more. Ymca provides physical education for home school children age 5-14. This program uses organized, instructional, and cooperative games to encourage lifelong physical activity and recreation as well as aquatic instruction. The ymca of northern rock county offers collaborative programs with mercy health system, edgerton hospital, and dean health system focusing on water exercise, senior fitness, weight management, physical rehabilitation, and healthy lifestyles. These programs target individuals with specific health concerns and encourage and enable them to address their needs through exercise in a safe, caring, and nurturing environment. Ymca active older adult programs are designed for individuals 55+. These programs provide quality recreational, educational, and social activities. Classes emphasize activities that continue to develop healthy spirit, mind, and body in the older adult and strive to keep them connected to the community. Classes include water exercise, gym exercise, walk for fitness, weight trainers brigade, and stretch, flex and balance.
ymca's sports, education, and recreation program area aims to enhance the lives of children and adults through sports-related physical activities and recreational opportunities that promote healthy spirit, mind, and body. Programs include basketball, flag football, floor hockey, indoor and outdoor soccer, t-ball, softball, baseball, volleyball, martial arts, swimming, gymnastics, handball, racquetball, and ultimate frisbee. Youth sport programs and leagues are offered to boys and girls 3 to 18 years of age. All programs promote the ymca's seven pillars of everyone plays, safety first, fair play, positive competition, family involvement, sport for all and sport for fun. These pillars translate into and promote character values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. These programs also enhance the additional assets of wellness, equality, constructive use of time, sense of purpose, and self-esteem. Adult sports programs and leagues programs are open to individuals 18 years of age and over. These programs are vital to the accomplishment of our mission and goals. Ymca adult sports promote lifelong activity that develops physical skills and improved health and wellness as well as enhancing self-respect, self-confidence, and reducing stress. Skill development programs are offered to develop skills in designated activities. These programs are vital to the accomplishment of our mission and goals as they help the ymca promote improved self-esteem by learning and practicing skills related to the activity. These programs also impact participants through improved health and wellness as well as enhancing self-respect, self-confidence, and abilities in working both individually and as part of a group/team.
our ymca provides high quality child care by providing comprehensive activities for preschool through middle school age children drawing on diverse members of the community. We provide both full and part time options to serve a wide range of scheduling needs. Woven into the fabric of the ymca mission is a commitment to strengthening families. Our child care programs relieve the burden of balancing work and family and make it possible for parents of children in our care to remain gainfully employed, knowing that their children are thriving in a safe, developmentally sound environment. The purpose of this program is to make quality child care available to everyone in the community regardless of income. To enhance the internal and external developmental assets in children by educating them in positive and constructive use of time, roles of families, neighborhoods, groups, schools, positive values--such as caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, positive identities, social competencies, empowerment, support and commitment to learning. The ymca of northern rock county serves parents that need childcare and/or early childhood development programs for children ages 2 through pre-kindergarten. Licensed by the state of wisconsin, ymca preschool nurtures the whole child and provides developmentally age appropriate programs committed to nurturing individual differences and encourages social, intellectual, physical, mental, and spiritual growth of children. The program serves primarily working families from all social and economic backgrounds, children of families in the w-2 program, and others who are continuing education. Ymca day camp and school's day out serve children 6 through 14 years of age with quality program opportunities during summer vacation, holiday breaks, other no school days and early release days. These programs develop physical, emotional, and cognitive abilities and provide social assets to children. Activities include arts and crafts, games, music, storytelling, sports, youth fitness, free play and recreational and educational field trips. Older participants are presented with training and leadership opportunities that truly promote improved self-worth and build self-esteem. The drop in child watch center program provides short term care for children 6 weeks to 11 years while parents are utilizing other ymca services. This program gives children the opportunity to socialize and participate in fun play in a safe, caring, and nurturing environment.