Strong Kids Campaign
help the y create endless opportunity FOR our community
At the Y, we believe we have something special-a sense of community-and that everyone should have access to it, along with the programs and services that help us learn, grow, and thrive. With the help of so many, we were proud to share the Y with more than 2,000 children, seniors, and families last year who otherwise might not have become a part of our family. We believe that lasting personal and social change can come about when we work together to invest in our kids, our health, and our neighbors.
The YMCA continues to tackle critical social issues in McLean County by never denying access due to the inability to pay. This year, we’re planning to use your contributions a little differently. The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign is supporting three efforts in 2020:
S.T.E.M and SWIM
After speaking with local education leaders and administrators, we’re learning that children aren’t retaining knowledge learned throughout the school year.
This summer, we’re partnering with District 87 and Irving School to reduce the Summer Learning Loss among youth in K-5.
SCHOOL TO POOL
Two children die every day in our country due to drowning. Drowning is the leading cause of injury related death in children, and disproportionately affects the African American community. We want to provide free learn to swim lessons to 200 children who are most at risk. We’re partnering with the Boys and Girls Club, Jack and Jill of America, the US Masters Swimming organization, and you to help save lives.
HEALTH/WELL BEING and INCLUSIVITY
Besides food, clothing, and shelter the number one need amongst all individuals is acceptance. Through membership and other programs, we want all youth and families to feel included and accepted at the Y regardless of their ability to pay.
Stay with us
Concerns about the impact of COVID-19 underscore the vital leadership role that our Y continues to play in the welfare of our communities. In light of the national, state, and local guidelines for slowing the spread of the virus, we’ve redeployed our facility to serve only as an emergency school-aged child care program (K-5) for those working families who desperately need care not to exceed social distancing practices. Particularly those working parents on the front lines combating this virus including health care workers, nurses, doctors, EMS professionals, police and fire. Like all our programs, we’ll turn no child away due to the inability to pay.