The Need - Children who fall behind in kindergarten will likely spend their school years struggling to catch up.
The Repsonse - Children who grow up in poverty and attend a quality preschool program are more likely to do well in school and earn more than their peers. The Y offers preschool for approximately 30 children. Your gift of $350 provides one month of preschool education for one child.
The Need - The hours of 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. are the most dangerous hours in the day for unsupervised children.
The Response - Every day, 50 children spend after-school hours in the care of trained and caring professional YMCA staff. They benefit from homework help and a nutritious snack, participate in physical activity, and experience the core values: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Your gift of $50 keeps one child safe after school for one week.
The Need - Teens who drop out of school will, on average, receive $320,000 in government assistance in their lifetime.
The Response - The Y offers teens informal opportunities to drop in and hang out with friends and Y counselors. They can complete homework on a computer or work out. Some participate in more structured programs that stress academic achievement and community service. In all programs, teens are in a safe and nurturing environment that helps them develop into responsible adults. Your gift of $450 will provide one school year of teen enrichment for one child.