Program areas at Itasca County Family YMCA
Youth developmentour Ymca is committed to cultivating the potential of every child and teen who comes through our doors. We firmly believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. That's why we help young people develop the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and prolonged educational achievement. Our Ymca programs encompass the weefolksgarten preschool, the end zone program for school age children afterschool and on schools-days-out, camp wannago, the summer day camp, alc afternoon youth program for those not enrolled in other afterschool programs, and a variety of youth sports programming including swim lessons, swim team, pond hockey, soccer, t-ball, and flag football just to name a few. These programs offer a range of experiences that enrich cognitive, social, physical and emotional growth. Youth programs are accessible, affordable and open to all faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels. At the Ymca, we never turn away any individual for an inability to pay and offer assitance to any youth and families who otherwise would have faced economic barriers to participation.
Social responsibilityour Ymca believes in supporting our neighbors. We have been listening and responding to our community's most critical social needs for almost 40 years. Ymca programs such as our free active living center (open to all ages), our full childcare, our youth sports program and the annual support campaign are examples of how we deliver training, resources and support that empower our neighbors to produce change, bridge gaps, and overcome obstacles. In 2019, 491 volunteers donated 6,853 hours of time to assist in activities that strengthen our community and pave the way for future generations to thrive.
Healthy livingthe Ymca is a leader in our community on health and well-being. We bring families closer together, encourage good health, and foster connections through fitness, sports, fun and shared interests. As a result, 6,550 people in our community are receiving the support, guidance, and resources they need to achieve greater health in spirit, mind, and body. This is particularly important as our nation struggles with an obesity crisis, families struggle with work/life balance and individuals search for personal fulfillment. Our programs are accessible, affordable, and open to all faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels. In 2019, we provided $81,919 in financial assistance to adults and families who otherwise would have faced economic barriers to participation.