• As children and teens head back to school, the YMCA of Central Ohio is offering a variety of afterschool program that combines academics and play to help motivate and inspire kids to learn.
• Through support, guidance and additional classroom instruction, the Y’s afterschool program provides enrichment through arts, music, physical education, sports and nutrition. The program also promotes a love for learning, social and emotional development, and character and creativity.
• During the school year, 15.1 million children nationwide, and 30% of children in Ohio alone, do not have access to afterschool programs and are left unsupervised after 3 p.m., according to the Afterschool Alliance. In YMCA afterschool programs, youth are in a safe and nurturing environment around caring adults who encourage them to reach their potential and explore interests.
• When the school day ends, continued leaning can have a positive influence on how well youth perform in school. Studies show participation in afterschool programs helps boost school attendance and academic performance and reduces gaps in academic achievement among children from disadvantaged households .
• As a leading nonprofit for youth development, the Y believes all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. In YMCA afterschool programs, millions of youth are cultivating the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and education achievement.
More About Afterschool Programs at the Y:
• Combining play with academics, YMCA afterschool programs promote creativity, a love for learning, social and emotional development and character building, while complementing lessons learned during the school day.
• YMCA afterschool programs fill gaps in schools and communities where some recreational opportunities like art, music and physical activity offerings are limited.
• Many youth have lost access to recreational programming, such as arts, sports and physical education because of budget cuts. Ys nationwide are filling in the gap to help