After School, The Y Helps Kids Reach Their Potential

Columbus, OH- August, 2018 – A new school year is filled with potential—a chance to start new routines and habits, build new friendships and discover new possibilities and interests. It’s an exciting time for many kids, however—at the end of the school day, 1 in 5 children kids do not have someone to care for them after school, according to Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness organization.

As families are transitioning from summer to fall, the YMCA of Central Ohio is offering programs to school-aged children throughout Central Ohio to keep youth active, busy and engaged during out-of-school time. Through a well-rounded approach to youth development, the Y’s program offers activities in a caring and safe environment during the critical hours after school. Whether through sports, mentorship, or academic support, the Y nurture the potential of youth throughout the school year.

“Over 11 million children are unsupervised between 3 and 6pm, an essential time to help increase children’s success in school,” said Becky Ciminillo, Vice President of Youth Development at the YMCA of Central Ohio “Afterschool at the Y is an opportunity for families to ensure their kids are receiving additional support, continued learning and a chance to participate in meaningful activities that can inspire children’s motivations and help them reach their potential.”

The Y is a leading nonprofit committed to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, supporting their social-emotional, cognitive and physical development from birth to career. In the YMCA of Central Ohio’s after school program youth receive an educationally based curriculum which in includes KidzLit and homework assistance. KidzLit is an after school literacy program. The Y-Club curriculum is designed around these eight core services:

  • Arts & Humanities

  • Character Development

  • Health

  • Wellness & Fitness

  • Homework Support

  • Literacy

  • Science & Technology

  • Service Learning & Social Competence

  • Conflict Resolution


Y-Club participants learn the importance of performing community service projects, and staff incorporate Character Development into the daily lesson plans by emphasizing the four core YMCA values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility into all Y-Club activities. YMCA Y-Club activities combine to help children grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. The YMCA of Central Y-Club program is a wonderful place for children to spend their out of school time!

For more information about the YMCAs afterschool program, please contact Becky Ciminillo, Vice President of Youth Development at the YMCA of Central Ohio or visit ymcacolumbus.org