Mission: The mission of the ymca is to put judeo-christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The ymca is a cause-driven association that is for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility because a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors well-being. Financial assistance is available to any person who cannot afford to pay the full price for any ymca program or membership. All ymca programs are available to men, women and children of every age, race, religion, income and ability. The ymca of the treasure coast serves indian river, martin, okeechobee and st lucie counties. The programs offered in all four counties promote the four core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. The ymca of the treasure coast strives to answer the diverse and various needs of our communities through continuous program development and outreach.
Programs: Ymca aquatics - ymca aquatics programs are part of the ymca's overall goal of building healthy spirit, mind and body. In addition to providing specific swimming and water safety skills, they promote good health through regular exercise they also promote teamwork, self-confidence and leadership. These programs are offered at fees affordable to the community at large with financial assistance for those who cannot afford the full fee. Our aquatics programs are designed to prevent deaths and water related injuries. Last year, we provided aquatics programs for thousands of people, infants through seniors. Approximately 715 children and 30 adults took swim lessons at the ymca, including children with special needs. We catered to the needs of seniors in the pool with water fitness classes and aqua aerobics. Teens learned lifeguarding skills in our life guarding classes, and 100 people participated in the cpr and first aid classes learning valuable lifesaving skills. Over 300 children were also served with minimal-cost swim lessons through "y" splash event in indiantown and stuart. The ymca in indiantown also hosts open swim days for the children of the community to improve their swim abilities. The ymca branch in indiantown has the only public swimming pool in the surrounding area, as a result, many members of this low-income community have had very little exposure to water. Over 650 indiantown residents benefited from community swim day and teen swim events held during the summers. Additionally, the indiantown ymca provided 185 families with free swim lessons and water safety classes during the 10 week summer season. Families from east coast migrant, hope rural school of indiantown, boys and girls club of fort pierce, bible church of god in okeechobee and indiantown youth sports club attended.
ymca childcare & family life programs - our 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 is why we help young people cultivate the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement. Our ymca programs, such as preschool care, after school and summer camp, offer a range of experiences that enrich social-emotional, cognitive and physical growth. Expenses include subsidies and direct financial assistance that make participation possible for several of the young people we engage. Our programs are accessible, affordable and open to all faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels. In 2017, we provided over $105,000 in financial assistance to people who otherwise may not have been able to afford to participate. The teaching curriculums in teddy bear academy preschool and the indiantown preschool prepare over 180 preschoolers for kindergarten. Physical and spiritual growth are encouraged in all of our youth programs through swimming, gymnastics, arts and crafts, music and the teaching of the ymca core values. The ymca also provides a safe and structured environment for over 350 children with its after school program in multiple locations. Assistance with homework, swimming and physical fitness are all part of this program. The ymca provided several children financial assistance. Ymca summer camps offer children a host of activities that provide new opportunities and learning experiences field trips, guest speakers and socializing with other children to open their minds to new information and possibilities. Camp also provides participants opportunities to learn the importance of teamwork and strong leadership skills. Each week of camp has a set schedule and a host of physical activities including swimming and skating. The number of past campers who now wish to volunteer their time with the program highlights the positive impact ymca camp has on the lives of children in any given summer. Over 1,600 campers were served at the multiple ymca summer camp locations. Financial assistance is available in all child care programs. This means that all parents regardless of their financial situation have the security of accessing the same quality of childcare for their children of all ages. Our ymca believes in giving back and supporting our neighbors. We also recognize the importance of activities that involve the entire family. Many programs are specifically designed to promote this, such as healthy kids day, spaghetti dinner poolside, and parent/child swim classes. The ymca hosts halloween parades and thanksgiving stone soup luncheons that provide opportunities for parents and their children to be together as a family.
ymca sports & recreation - the ymca 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 interests. 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. Ymca sports are open to all ages and abilities. Adult sports provide a physical and social outlet for participants, while youth sports provide all participants the chance to play, learn and improve their skills. Family togetherness comes naturally, as many parents become volunteer coaches for their child's team. The ymca wellness center cares for and about members of all ages, sizes, shapes and abilities. Over 900 people received financial assistance for ymca membership, which allowed them to help gain a healthier lifestyle, have fun and make friends at the ymca. All ymca members receive the same membership benefits regardless of whether or not they are receiving assistance. Recognizing the need to channel the energy of teenagers and also to help tackle weight and health issues. The wellness staff developed the teen fitness program to introduce young people to good habits in exercise, wellness and nutrition. In order to assist the senior citizens of the community and those who have special needs due to physical impairments, the ymca also runs specialized exercise classes, such as "stretch 'n flex". Over 2,200 children and adults participated in various ymca sporting activities, with an additional 1,000 young girls and boys who participated in ymca recreational and competitive gymnastics programming.
membership revenues - memberships allow access to ymca sites and use of some facilities with no additional fee; members also qualify for reduced fees for program services.