The Plymouth Community YMCA's vision is to help children, individuals, and families develop positive habits, to create a healthy, active community in which we live, work, and play. Your contribution will support:
Obesity Prevention & Intervention - $4,000: The YMCA is addressing adult and childhood obesity in our community. With over 16% of children and 30% of adults who obese, the Y offers programs that help people live a more active lifestyle, fighting against obesity and other related risks.
- Girls on the Run/STRIDE- Girls and boys in grades 3 - 8 participate in over two hours of activity per week, that combine running and education about healthy life choices. We hope to start a new Vista Maria team in 2016.
- Youth Sports- Children have opportunities to participate in sports such as basketball, volleyball, soccer, flag football, and baseball. Participation in sports provides at least two hours of physical activity per week.
- New Healthy Living Initiatives- The YMCA has provided the opportunity to develop new programs that will promote healthy living in the communities we serve. Support for new initiatives such as workshops, clubs, and events, will allow the YMCA to quickly respond to community needs and opportunities.
Providing a Safe and Nurturing Environment - $11,000: All kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. Through the Y, thousands of kids are cultivating the values, skills, and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and education achievement. Out-of-school hours are critical times in a child's life and the Y is here to help provide a safe and nurturing environment.
- Before and After School Care- the Y provides before and after school care for students who have working parents. School Age Child Care focuses on homework time, literacy skills, physical activity, and friendships.
- YMCA Summer Day Camp- Children participate in activities throughout the summer that promote character development, outdoor play, literacy, friendship, and NO access to television or digital devices.
- Afterschool Enrichment- The Y offers research-based after school programs to local elementary schools that focus on closing the achievement gap in literacy and math.
- Adventure Guides- Parents and children spend planned, quality time together participating in activities together such as camping, community service, and family fun nights. We are bringing families and neighbors closer together.
- SWIMS- Young people in underserved communities often do not learn the critical water safety and swimming skills to keep them safe, which results in a disproportionate amount of deaths and injuries each year. The Y is working to address this important issue by offering learn-to-swim programs and raising awareness of the importance of water safety.
Youth Leadership Development- $11,000: We need responsible and effective leadership in our communities, our cities, our country, and in the world. We need leaders in the workplace, government, and in charitable organizations. Youth leadership programs prepared our teens to become responsible, contributing adults who are able to handle the daily demands of life.
- Leaders In Training - Teens participate in training on how to use effective effective leadership skills throughout their lives. The leadership skills that will be learned in the LIT program can be used in all parts of life, including home, school, sports, youth groups, work, and in the community.
- Youth Volunteer Corps- Teens participate in service learning projects during the school year and throughout the summer. Teens learn that they are valuable resources to our community and that they can make contributions at a young age.
Chronic Disease Prevention & Intervention - $1,000: Living a good quality life as we get older is important to our health and happiness. Chronic disease such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, depression, and arthritis threaten our community. The Y is helping people live better through programs that get people moving.
- Silver Sneakers- Seniors participate in low-impact group exercise classes at least 2 hours per week. Instructors are trained to meet the needs of individuals who are living with chronic disease and/or disabled, helping all participants to move more and live happier.