Every day the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities gives our community the support it needs to learn, grow and thrive. From advocacy to aquatics,child care to camps, family fun to fitness, mentoring to multicultural experiences, sports to safe places,water safety to wellness, everything we do helps strengthen our community and the people who live here.
Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death in the United States among children under 14 and the leading cause of accidental death for children age 5 and under. Too many children and teens do not have proper swimming skills to swim safely and adults do not have proper education on drowning prevention and have not provided proper supervision to ensure water safety in the community’s pools, lakes and rivers. Join the Y in helping everyone swim safely by seven.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that adults 50 and older have a 70 percent chance of developing at least one chronic disease. While these numbers seem daunting, the good news is that making small lifestyle changes that include increasing physical activity, eating healthier and staying active socially can help older adults live better. Discover a number of options at the Y to help adults 50 and older live healthy, connected and fulfilling lives.
The state of an unhealthy America is causing rising rates of chronic disease (diabetes) and obesity (child and adult). Many people of all ages are turning to fitness programs to tackle unhealthy lifestyles and gain support for healthy eating, physical activity and socialization. Visit the Y and learn more about fitness programs for people of all ages.
Many children and teens spend too much time in front of screens (TV, computer, phone) instead of doing physical activities and enjoying the great outdoors. Unfortunately, in some instances this can cause children and teens to have a greater increase in body fat and social and behavioral problems over time. Check out the Y’s day and overnight camp programs that give children, teens and families fun and unique experiences where they can explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime.
During the school year, 15.1 million children nationwide, and 294,354 children in Minnesota alone, do not have access to before and after school programs and are left unsupervised after 3 p.m., according to the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness advocacy organization. And in the summer months, children who lack quality learning experiences tend to lose academic skills over the school break and these losses can equal two months of a grade level each summer. Studies have shown that by the end of eighth grade, summer learning loss can account for 66 percent of the achievement gap between low-and high-income students. Explore the Y’s educational and enrichment programs that motivate and inspire children to learn by combing academics with play in a caring and safe environment.
The YMCA Youth in Government program, a statewide youth civic education and leadership development initiative, encourages over 2,400 students in grades 7-12 from Minnesota and western Wisconsin to be life-long, active citizens through hands-on learning experiences. Check out how YMCA provides students with the opportunity to develop leadership, build citizenship skills and experience democracy.
On any night in Minnesota, 4,000 youth are homeless, with less than 100 youth shelter beds available. The Y’s Youth Intervention Services team focuses on youth in transition or who are experiencing homelessness as well as those who have faced challenges due to foster care, involvement with the juvenile justice system and much more. Learn about how the Y is innovatively creating connections with caring adults and community resources; building skills for success; and instilling hope for the future.
Over 7,800 Y volunteers bring about meaningful, enduring change by giving back to their communities. Whether developing skills or emotional well-being through education and training, welcoming and connecting diverse demographic populations through global services, or preventing chronic disease and building healthier communities through collaborations with policy makers, Y volunteers help everyone have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Hear more about how volunteers are sharing their time and talents to strengthen communities.