Program areas at Paris-Bourbon County YMCA
Healthy living - or improving the nation's, or more specifically Bourbon County, Kentucky's health and well being means building a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The ymca is a leading voice on health and well-being. We bring families closer together, encourage good health and foster connections through fitness, sports, fun and shared interests. In 2019 we provided $245,097 in direct financial assistance and program subsidies to families, adults and children participating in ymca programs through healthy living. These programs included fitness classes, cpr and first aid, lifeguard training, aquatic exercise, swim lessons for adults, senior fitness and indoor cycling. The nature of these programs is to promote one's own self worth by emphasizing skill acquisition & development, safety, cooperation and self confidence, leadership & teamwork. In 2018 we additionally provided $129,250 in direct scholarships serving 1.275 individuals through our scholarship program which includes child care, youth programs, and membership. Our healthy kids day program served 225 families who learned about nutrition and participated in fun activities they could do as a family. The y brings people together fostering friendships and community with the outcome of healthy living.
Social responsibility - or giving back and providing support to our neighbors as well as many children being raised by grandparents due to the opiod crisis means the ymca has been listening and responding to the Bourbon County community's most critical social needs for over 105 years. We completed our ninth year of our free second grade swim lesson program which addresses a critical problem of drownings. Our partnership with the schools brought over 277 children to our y and now these children are safer around the water. Our child care program provides care for foster children who are being cared for in loving homes as well as many children being raised by grandparents due to the opiod crisis. Our community's migrant program brings children of migrant workers to our ymca for swim lessons. Our y gives back to local non-profits and schools by giving free memberships whenever we are asked. In 2019 we engaged our 5,545 ymca membersparticipantsvolunteersdonors in activities that strengthen our community and pave the way for future generations to thrive.
Youth development - or nurturing the development of every child and teen means we believe that all children deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and to foster growth and development of not only the child but also the family . That's why we help Young people cultivate the skills, values and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement. Our ymca programs such as after school child care, infant and preschool care, child watch, youth sports and swim lessons enrich cognitive, social, physical and emotional growth. In 2019 we provided $20,592 in financial assistance serving children participating in youth development. Our youth programs include child care for infants through fifth grade, soccer, gymnastics, and early start basketball serving over 1,350 children in 2019. Our after school and summer camp children have weekly programs with our local library and museum where they improve their reading along with participating in other enrichment opportunities. Our infant/pre-school child care program is available so parents can work and know their child is in a safe, nurturing environment learning values such as caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Our swim team program creates an environment where children 4-18 can learn and improve their swimming skills in additon to learning life-long skills of team building and leadership.