I recently accepted the challenge to raise funds to support the YMCA of Greater Houston. As a staff member with the the Y, I have seen first-hand how the organization is making a difference in the lives of youth and families in our community.
At the Y, we impact thousands of lives every year through the programs we offer in the areas of eliminating drowning, improving academic performance, eliminating chronic disease and childhood obesity and creating opportunities for social equity. We strive to offer to members of our community an environment that fosters personal growth, leadership skills and healthy relationships. This year I am striving to raise money to help improve academic perforance.
The Y is working to improve the educational readiness, engagement and outcomes of the country’s children, so that they can pursue their best possible future.
Statistics show that a large number of children from low-income environments reach kindergarten unprepared and continue to fall behind in school without proper interventions. This “gap” is known as the Achievement Gap. Y programs are designed to improve academic outcomes for these children at key educational milestones: early care, summer learning, and after school.
WE ACCOMPLISH THIS THROUGH:
YMCA ADVENTURE DAY CAMP: YMCA Summer Day Camp offers a safe atmosphere where youth and teens may enjoy their summer break. To deliver on the Y's commitment to nurture the potential of every child, our program helps campers discover what they are passionate about and form healthy relationships. All of our camps place special emphasis on youth choice, achievement and a sense of belonging.
YMCA EARLY CARE: Learning at the YMCA is fueled by FUN and powered by excellent teachers! Our program offers early childhood education for infants through preschool. Our experienced staff ensures a welcoming, loving and educational environment. We are committed to providing exciting learning opportunities that nurture cognitive, social-emotional, physical and creative development. The Children’s Academy at University Park offers quality child care for families in our community as well as student that attend Lonestar College.
Y TEEN L.I.F.E. (LEADERSHIP, INSPIRATION, FELLOWSHIP, EDUCATION): Y Teen L.I.F.E. programs provide opportunities for youth to realize who they are and what they are capable of achieving, while making friends and memories along their journey. Components include:
College Readiness Activities
Social & Recreational Activities
Leadership & Service Learning Activities
Your support to our cause makes a true impact, allowing us to help those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford to participate in Y programs. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and neighbors.
Please consider making a gift today and support our efforts to strengthen our community through the YMCA.