Youth Development

Palm Harbor Kids' Triathlon Rescheduled

July 05, 2017

Event Date is now September 24

The Greater Palm Harbor YMCA annual Kids' Triathlon “Swim, Bike, Run for Freedom” presented by Florida Hospital North Pinellas has been postponed to Sunday, September 24, 2017. 

The opening ceremonies are dedicated to all those who served our country and especially to those heroes who perished on September 11, 2001.

Buddy Up by October 2

August 22, 2017

We are stronger together!

YMCA of the Suncoast Membership Referral

YMCA of the Suncoast members it's time for you to share what brings our community together and makes it stronger- a membership to the Y!

Bring your friends as many times as you like between September 11-October 2 and you can build a better you and a better us!

September Member News 2017

August 28, 2017

Our Welcoming Community

At the Y, we are about youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Meals are a fun way to experience other cultures while connecting with people. In this month's member news, we have some tips for eating healthy while exploring global flavors.

Solving Childhood Obesity

August 28, 2017

Adopting healthy habits can help reduce childhood obesity

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and while the dangers of childhood obesity are well chronicled, many families need support changing their children’s habits with the ultimate goal of improving health.

That’s why the YMCA — a leading community-based organization dedicated to improving health—wants families to understand the dangers of childhood obesity and ways to reverse course through improved eating habits and increased physical activity.

Citrus County Youth Triathlon 2017

August 24, 2017

Kids Start Training for October 15

The Citrus County Memorial Health Foundation YMCA will be hosting their second youth triathlon on Sunday, October 15. Kids can swim, bike and run their way around the YMCA campus for a fun fitness challenge. Sponsorship opportunities still available.

UPDATE- Bridge the Achievement Gap

August 15, 2017

Greater Ridgecrest high school program starts Sept. 25

A popular program for high school students in the Largo area is moving to the Greater Ridgecrest YMCA. Bridging the Achievement Gap or (BTAG) starts Monday, September 25 for grades 9-12. BTAG helps high school students with homework, career counseling and more. The original start date of Wednesday, September 6, was postponed due to the storm.

Building a Family Connection

August 04, 2017

Foster Care Partnership Strengthens the Community

At the Y, children and teens can explore their unique talents and interests, helping them realize their potential. That makes for confident kids today and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow. To build on this focus area the YMCA of the Suncoast has partnered with Eckerd Kids, Directions for Living, Youth and Family Alternatives and Lutheran Family Services to offer foster care families access to our locations.

August Member News

August 01, 2017

Real Food Helps Kids Thrive

At the Y, we are about youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Not all food is created equal. The type of food we consume impacts our mood, cognitive skills, and physical health. Eating whole foods helps children and adults to thrive! The Y is working to ensure all youth have access to whole food options.

How to Choose an After-School Program

July 24, 2017

Tips for making a decision

As the school year begins, it’s time to decide how your kids will spend their time before and after school. Fortunately, most communities offer plenty of healthy and fun activities that engage young minds and build new skills.  For families that need consistent and reliable care, before- and after-school programs are often a good solution. Finding the right one can help your children develop confidence, make new friends, and build a life-long love of learning. Use these tips to make the right choice for your family.

Get Ready for Back to School

July 24, 2017

Quality Afterschool Programs are Key to Developing Youth

For many in the Tampa Bay area school starts August 10 or 14. That also means when the school day ends, children and teens need opportunities to learn and engage in meaningful activities. Their success out of school can have a positive effect on their success in school. Unfortunately, 19%[1]of children in Florida are left unsupervised after 3 p.m., according to Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness advocacy organization. 

To help youth reach their full potential, the YMCA of the Suncoast is offering afterschool programming that supports social-emotional, cognitive and physical development. 

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