Fall II Session Begins Monday, October 19
Our Fall Session is underway! The Fall II Session begins Monday, October 19, so it's time to start planning for the remainder of 2015. From swim lessons to youth sports, we've got something for everyone at the Y. Check out a few of our popular programs:
Registration is open for both members and non-members. Click here to browse by location and register today!
Request for Proposals To Provide Monitoring Services
The YMCA is soliciting proposals to provide monitoring of service providers that used federal grant funds including Head Start Act funds. The objective of the monitoring is to assess the degree that subcontracted programs comply with applicable laws, regulations, policies and administrative requirements of the funding source. The goal is to ensure the lawful use of public funds and the integrity of the programs of YMCA.
This solicitation is to result in a contract for the monitoring services with YMCA options for two separate one year renewals.
More Information (PDF)
Request for Proposals To Provide Monitoring Services
Celebrate Diversity During National Hispanic Heritage Month
At the Y, we value diversity and are committed to ensuring all people feel welcome and are fully engaged as Y members, participants, staff and volunteers. National Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated from September 15 through October 15, is an opportunity to honor the contributions and achievements of Hispanics/Latinos in the U.S.
The observance begins on the anniversary date of independence for seven Latin American countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and Chile). It ends shortly after Columbus Day—celebrated in many Latin American countries as Día de la Raza (Day of the People)—which commemorates the first encounters of Europeans and Native Americans, on Oct. 12.
Comprising 17 percent of the U.S. population, Hispanics/Latinos are an influential and growing demographic. Hispanic/Latino Americans belong to a wide variety of cultures, the diversity of which is woven into the rich fabric of our society.
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To learn more about the Y’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, visit ymca.net/diversity-inclusion.
Prepare for Back-to-School Season: Power Up with Restful Sleep
The back-to-school season can be a busy time of year as we adjust to new routines and make time for homework, afterschool activities and new friends. As you and your family rearrange your schedules to squeeze it all in, don’t forget to make time for a basic but critical component of good health — sleep!
Restful sleep is proven to have important short- and long-term health benefits for children and adults. It plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy metabolism and immune system, improving memory and the ability to learn, and more. Getting enough restful sleep can enrich your family’s quality of life and overall well-being. With these helpful tips for kids and adults, your family will be getting plenty of rest in no time.
Incoming President and CEO Stephen Ives Speaks During Community Impact Breakfast
On Wednesday, June 24, the YMCA of Central Ohio celebrated our community partnerships during the Community Impact Breakfast at the Columbus Foundation. About 80 individuals, including YMCA of Central Ohio board members, representatives from partner organizations, YMCA donors, staff and supporters, gathered to share stories of members impacted by the Y movement.
Incoming YMCA of Central Ohio President and CEO Stephen Ives attended and provided remarks at the event. A native of Maine, Stephen comes to Central Ohio with 27 years of service to the YMCA movement, including 20 years as a CEO. He most recently served as President and CEO of the Merrimack Valley YMCA in Lawrence, MA. At the event, Ives spoke about his personal experiences with the YMCA and shared his love for working with children and teens.
Ives started his career in aquatics and youth programming at the Portland, Maine YMCA. He developed programs for teen fathers and at risk youth in the inner city while leading camping and youth recreation initiatives before relocating to the Northern York County Family YMCA in Biddeford, Maine.
"I am both impressed and inspired by the depth of social impact work being done by the YMCA of Central Ohio in the form of subsidized housing, early childhood education, truancy initiatives and support for children with special needs," stated Ives. "It is a sincere honor to have the opportunity to build upon that rich history of service to the community and in partnership with the Board of Directors, making sure that the YMCA is so much more for the citizens of Central Ohio.”
Ives will officially assume his role with the YMCA of Central July 6, 2015. Click here to view photographs from the Community Impact Breakfast.
New Program: Healthy Weight and Your Child
Reclaim your family’s health through healthier eating habits and an active lifestyle through Healthy Weight and Your Child. The YMCA of Central Ohio is one of five Ys participating nationally in a pilot program to address childhood obesity in youth ages 7-13, with a body mass index of 95th percentiles or higher. A high BMI can be an indicator of high body fatness. The program is for the children and their families and will be offered at the following YMCA of Central Ohio locations:
Important Program Details and Qualifications:
For more information about the program and contact/location details, please review the attached brochure.
More Information (PDF)
Healthy Weight and Your Child Brochure
60 minutes of exercise a day = Active, Healthy Family
More than 80 percent of children in the U.S. do not get the recommended amount of physical activity for good health—60 minutes a day, six days a week. It is important for children and families to make good use of extra free time during the summer by increasing the frequency and duration of physical activity and limiting screen time.
At the Y, we support the health and well-being of people of all ages and backgrounds with programs and services that help them develop healthy lifestyles. Speak with your YMCA staff about how the Y can help you
Have a Ball:
Add Some Wheels:
Walk, Jog or Run:
Summer Food Program Helps Kids Hop the Gap
At the Y, we believe all children and teens deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. Yet for some youth, hunger is a barrier to success. Today in the U.S., nearly one in five households with children does not have enough food. During the summer, access to healthy meals can be an even greater challenge for kids who receive free or reduced-price lunch during the school year. As a leading nonprofit for strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y provides kids with the fuel to reach their full potential.
Through the Summer Food Program—incorporated into other programs like camp—the Y delivers healthy meals and snacks to nourish the minds and bodies of kids in need.
Since 2011, the Walmart Foundation has partnered with the Y in the fight to end child hunger. The foundation’s generous support during the past four years has helped the Y serve more than 34 million meals to youth in afterschool and summer programs. The reach of this work grows each year, and this summer alone the Y aims to provide 4.25 million meals to 180,000 kids at 1,100 sites. Locally in Central Ohio, we continue to expand our reach and provide meals and snacks to children:
School Year 2015
The Y provides support and programs that help youth overcome challenges related to hunger, health, learning, water safety and access to safe spaces. To learn how children and teens overcome barriers—or hop the gap—to achieve more with the Y, visit hopthegap.org. Click here to view our Summer Food Program sites throughout Central Ohio.
Bottled Water Needed
The YMCA of Central is working in collaboration with the Community Shelter Board and Volunteers of America to manage a family overflow program at the new Van Buren Center. The family shelter is being opened in response to a 79% increase over the course of the past three years, in the number of families seeking shelter.
Last night, the Van Buren Center provided a safe place to sleep for 34 families. These families were comprised of 110 individuals, including 67 children and 164 single adult women, 6 of whom are pregnant. Given the current water alert, the YMCA is in need of bottled water for families with infants less than 6 months of age and pregnant or nursing mothers. In addition, the bottled water is being used to prepare meals at the shelter to minimize any risk.
The community has been very caring with donations of items since the Center opened and we appreciate their continued support during this time. If able to donate, please bring bottled water to the Downtown YMCA, located at 40 W. Long Street. Thank you!
Meet our New President and CEO Stephen Ives
On behalf of the YMCA of Central Ohio Metropolitan Board of Directors and the Executive Search Committee, we are pleased to announce that Stephen Ives has accepted the position of President and CEO for the Association. His first official day with the YMCA of Central Ohio was July 6, 2015.
A native of Maine, Stephen comes to Central Ohio with 27 years of service to the YMCA movement, including 20 years as a CEO. He is currently serving as President and CEO of the Merrimack Valley YMCA in Lawrence, MA.
YMCA raised more than $70,000 during The Big Give
The results are in! Thanks to your generosity, the YMCA of Central Ohio was able to raise $72,133 in 24 hours during The Columbus Foundation's The Big Give. This generosity will truly help us do so much more for the central Ohio community!
The Big Give took place May 12-May 13 and raised more than $15 million dollars for Columbus nonprofits.
Thank you to all who participated and designated the YMCA of Central Ohio as your charity of choice.
Discovering Potential: Youth In Government
More than 140 YMCA young leaders took place in Youth In Government April 16-18, a three-day learning conference in which students participate directly in a simulation of the democratic process.
YIG offers students the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of issues, develop critical thinking skills, and articulate their beliefs while engaging constructively with those who hold like and opposing views.
Thank you to those who supported this program and helped to create brighter futures!
Staff Spotlight: Stephanie Riffle
Stephanie and teen campers at Liberty Twp/Powell YMCA last summer.
Stephanie Riffle, a long-time YMCA site director in the Olentangy School District, challenged her parents and kids in her before and after care site to help send kids to camp. Using a peer to peer fundraising page and making it easy for parents to give online, she raised more than $1,000.00 in support of sending kids to camp who otherwise may not have the opportunity to do so. Way to go Stephanie, and thank you for your dedication to the Y!
Summer Food Program
For ages 1-18, Monday-Friday
Available at these sites