Community Programs Feed Low-Income Children over the Summer
When summer comes along, kids and teens have plenty to look forward to: pool time, sports camp, three months of freedom and no homework. But some low-income kids might actually be looking forward to their next meal.
The Y provides support and programs that help youth overcome challenges related to hunger, health, learning, water safety and access to safe places. As a leading nonprofit for strengthening community through youth development, the Y provides kids with the fuel to reach their full potential. Our June News shares more about helping youth hop the gap, celebrating fathers and more.
The YMCA of the Suncoast strengthens the foundation of the communities we serve. In order to help make our community safer, we are offering child sexual abuse prevention training. This free online training is for any members of the community and organizations to ensure that everyone can help prevent, recognize and react responsibly to childhood sexual abuse.
There is a list of basic life skills all parents instinctively know they must teach their children to keep them safe and healthy. It includes habits like looking both ways before you cross the street, washing your hands with soap and water and eating the right amount of fruits and vegetables every day.
For too many parents, safety in and around water is not on the list; and that's something we need to change.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. The YMCA of the Suncoast is taking a stand against bullying. The Greater Ridgecrest Y and the Pinellas School Age Program will host the 2nd Annual Run, Walk, Rally Against Bullying 5K Run and 1 Mile Kids’ Dash. Show your support and take your stand at the finish line. Start and Finish at the Y.
The Greater Palm Harbor YMCA hosts the 8th Annual Kids Triathlon “Swim, Bike, Run for Freedom” on Sunday, September 13.
This youth triathlon event is sponsored by The Heart & Vascular Institute of Florida. The opening ceremonies are dedicated to all those who served our country and especially to those heroes who perished on September 11, 2001.
Summer is here, the kids are out of school, and Father’s Day is just around the corner. While many children will give a gift to dad on Father’s Day, families may also plan to spend time together. YMCA of the Suncoast honors dad with these ideas for healthy activities the whole family can enjoy.
The "Be Water Smart from the Start" aquatic safety awareness campaign continues to grow with The World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL). On Thursday, June 18 at 10 a.m., the Greater Palm Harbor YMCA will participate with tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record™.
On Saturday, June 6, the YMCA marks more than 170 years, as more than a place, it is a movement that offers programs and services designed to foster youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
Every eight seconds, one of 78-million baby boomers in this country turns 60. Given that this generation will soon be the largest older adult population in American history, it’s not surprising that our national counterpart, YMCA of the USA, has identified healthy aging as a priority for communities nationwide.