Raising Good Sports
RAISING GOOD SPORTS: TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
Posted by: Ben Reed
Youth sports often start out fun and tend to grow competitive as children age. Sometimes the focus on athletic skill and physical achievement can overshadow the social-emotional learning taking place on the field or court. Youth development professionals can ensure kids of all ages are developing their team building skills at every level of play.
One male Y staff and three kids playing tug-of-war on a grassy field.
Here are four fun team building activities that encourage kids to be good sports:
Relay Races: This simple activity is a quick energizer and can be adapted to any sport. The concept is to have two teams move from point A to point B as fast as possible, and the first team to get all players across the line, wins. After the race, have a group conversation about how each team demonstrated good sportsmanship. Bonus tip: Get creative by incorporating different equipment, such as dribbling a soccer ball with football teams or bouncing a tennis ball with basketball teams.
Welcoming Week 2017
YMCA of Central Ohio Joins Welcoming America & Hundreds of Communities to Celebrate New Americans During Welcoming Week
[Columbus, OH, Sept 12, 2017]—This Welcoming Week, taking place Sept. 15–24, 2017, YMCA of Central Ohio will join Welcoming America and hundreds of YMCAs and other organizations nationwide in hosting events to celebrate immigrants’ contributions to communities and bring together all residents in a spirit of unity. Welcoming Week activities are open to the public at the Liberty Township/Powell YMCA, Hilliard/Ray Patch Family YMCA, North YMCA, Jerry L. Garver YMCA, Hilltop YMCA, and Eldon and Elsie Ward YMCA.
“Communities recognize the benefits of being welcoming and ensuring that everyone can fully contribute to a community’s prosperity,” said David Lubell, founder and executive director of Welcoming America. “Welcoming Week events are a powerful way to promote cross-cultural understanding and build bridges between new and long-time residents, which results in stronger communities for all.”
September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
The YMCA of Central Ohio wants families in and around Columbus to understand how adopting healthy habits can help reduce childhood obesity
[Columbus, OH, Sept. 6, 2017] – September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and while the dangers of childhood obesity are well chronicled, many families need support changing their families’ habits with the ultimate goal of being a healthy weight. That’s why the YMCA of Central Ohio— a leading community-based organization dedicated to improving health—wants families to understand the dangers of childhood obesity and ways to reverse course through improved eating habits and increased physical activity.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the prevalence of obesity has remained stable at about 17 percent and affects about 12.7 million children and adolescents. Today, obesity affects one in six children and one in three are overweight, which poses greater risks for many health problems such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and some cancers.
“Successfully lowering obesity rates in children requires the whole family to change their eating and physical activity habits,” said Becky Ciminillo, Vice President of Youth Development, “Kids learn unhealthy habits at home, and many parents or caregivers don’t realize how the choices they make affects those who look up to them.”
“Additionally, if families don’t know how to get started, reaching out to your health care provider or organizations like the Y that provide support are great first steps.”
The following tips are some great ways to incorporate healthier eating habits and more physical activity and into your daily family routine:
• Eat & Drink Healthy: Make water the drink of choice and encourage everyone to fill half their plates with fruits and vegetables by offering two or three colorful options at every meal. As a family choose a new fruit and veggie every week to taste together. Place a full pitcher of water on the table during meals, and allow children to pour their own water.
• Play Every Day/Go Outside: Children should have at least an hour a day of unstructured play outside (when possible) and break a sweat at least three times a week by getting 20 minutes or more of vigorous physical activity. Join your children in games that get your hearts pumping and bodies moving.
• Get Together: Eat as a family as frequently as possible. Involve kids in meal planning, preparation and clean up. In addition, adults should take a break from electronics and spend one-to-one time each day with their kids, enjoying one another’s company.
• Reduce Recreational Screen Time: Time spent in front of a television, computer, tablet, cell phone or video games should be limited to two hours or less per day. Make a family plan to reduce screen time at home (i.e. turn off screens during meals, go for a walk after a meal, set a timer to remind you to power down the screen).
• Sleep Well: Kids and adults need to keep a regular sleep schedule; unwind together in the evenings by reading a book or listening to soft music to ensure the body is preparing for sleep. Kids are growing and need 10-12 hours of healthy sleep per night and seven to eight hours for adults.
In addition to being healthy at home, there is a need to maintain healthy habits while attending out-of-school programs. To create healthy environments for all children the [INSERT Y] is implementing Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards in our before and after school programs. Our goal is to make the healthy choice the easy choice for your child while he or she is in our care.
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Five Ways to Work Out with the Whole Family
Last month, we told you all about how healthy it is to spend time together as a family. This time, we’ll dive into some ways you can spend time together as a family while getting physical activity at the same time.
Here’s five ways you and your family can exercise together (and have fun!):
1.) Take a walk
2.) Go for a swim
3.) Play a sport
4.) Take a Group Exercise Class
Tis the Season: Family Time
School may be looming around the corner, but it’s not in session yet! It’s still summer, which means it’s time to make the most of the coming weeks. Grill out, soak up some rays, lounge by the pool, and perhaps the most rewarding (and simultaneously most difficult to achieve) summer pastime: quality time with your family.
“What are you talking about?” you may think. “I’m around my family all the time!”
However, quality time doesn’t mean just watching tv together or sitting in the same room, absorbed in your own projects. It’s the minutes you spend each day actually being present with your family, talking, playing or otherwise giving them your full attention.
Even committing to one hour a day of quality interaction can be a struggle. With all of the distractions and obligations in our lives, the hours tend to whiz by, leaving you to sink, exhausted, into bed at night… only to realize that you got through the entire day without connecting with your family in a meaningful way.
However, it’s worth building time into your schedule to connect with your kids, spouse, and other family members. Quality time is important for the whole family, but it’s even more important for your kids. When it comes to your children, the effects of quality time are transformative and will affect your child for many years to come.
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Where to go from here?
Do you want to spend more quality time with your family, but you're struggling to fit it into your schedule? Let us help. This summer, we have all kinds of fun family events to help you connect with your loved ones-- and many of them are free and open to the whole community. Just check out our summer event list to find out what activities sound best for you.
Before school and all of the accompanying clubs, sports, and other craziness make it twice as difficult to spend time with the most important people in your life, bring your family closer together at the Y.
Childcare at the Y: Your Ultimate Guide
The Boy Scouts know what they’re talking about: it never hurts to consider all the possibilities so you can stay prepared to tackle whatever the future throws at you.
Right now, the days are long and sunny, but the school year is on the horizon, which means it’s time to think about what kind of childcare and education will be best for your family in the upcoming months. The Y is the largest provider of childcare in central Ohio, which means we have programs available for all kinds of family situations.
You may already know that we offer childcare for our members while they work out, but did you know that we also offer preschool, early learning centers, support for children with disabilities, and even more? With so many demands on today's families, parents like you need all the support they can get.
This school year, channel your inner Boy Scout and be prepared. Read on to learn more about the depth and breadth of our programs and discover what’s right for you and your child!
Do you need short-term childcare while you’re working out or socializing at the Y?
To help make your busy life a little easier, we have Child Watch and Kids Time are available for parents who would like to bring their children to the YMCA while using the facility!
Kids Time: 6-12 years old
Do you need full-day infant-through-preschool age child care?
We have three Early Learning Centers in Columbus: KIPP, Hilltop, and our YMCA Early Learning Centers.
Our centers are licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Our staff are well-trained in early childhood education and follow age-appropriate lesson plans designed to stimulate children’s minds, provide a warm, caring, and safe environment, and ensure a fun and creative experience.
Do you fit the following criteria?
Have a child who is age 3, 4 or 5 and who is not yet eligible for kindergarten?
If so, here’s why Head Start is a great choice for your child:
Learning Experiences: Starting early and right with quality learning experiences through Head Start can help your child succeed now and throughout life.
Is your child ready for their first big preschool adventure?
Luckily, the YMCA of Central Ohio offers State Licensed Preschool programs at 5 of our branches.
Our programs follow the State of Ohio Standards in Early Childhood Education through an enriching curriculum that focuses on kindergarten readiness, literacy and math enrichment, science, social studies, social and emotional development, health, fitness and diversity. Some locations even offer swim time!
The YMCA Preschool is a great way for your little one to interact with other children and gain the social skills they will need as they grow and mature.
Is your child already in school? Does he or she need a safe, nurturing environment during the hours before or after class?
The YMCA of Central Ohio offers State Licensed Before and/or After School Care at over 50 locations throughout Central Ohio, allowing children to supplement their education with programming that helps them learn, grow and develop social skills.
Our programs allow for activity choice, but they also provide an educationally based curriculum which in includes homework assistance and KidzLit, an after school literacy program. The Y-Club curriculum is designed around these eight core services:
Does your child have special needs?
The Y is here to support you. ECRN+ has more than 30 years of experience working with children who have special needs (developmental delays, disabilities and special health care needs) and their families.
This program provides ongoing family service coordination for eligible children (birth to 5 years old) and their families, as well as providing services and resources for children, teens and young adults, such as training for educators, childcare workers, parents, professionals and preschool staff members, an equipment exchange program, and tools for families to make informed decisions.
At the Y, we are committed to nurturing the potential in every child, and the above programs are just a few of the ways we do so. Child care at the Y is about more than looking after kids. It's about nurturing their development, providing a safe place to learn foundational skills, developing healthy, trusting relationships and building self-reliance through the Y core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
Building a Better Us: $1.5 Million Raised in YMCA Annual Campaign
YMCA of Central Ohio President and CEO Stephen Ives celebrates with Annual Campaign Board Chair Jamie Richardson
Building a Better Us: $1.5 Million Raised in YMCA Annual Campaign
Philanthropy Campaign Creates Increased Potential to Impact Lives in Central Ohio
[COLUMBUS, OH] (June 15, 2017)—Thanks to the generosity of the central Ohio community and the dedication of staff and volunteers, the YMCA of Central Ohio’s For a better us™ campaign has met its annual fundraising goal by raising over $1.5 million. The philanthropic support garnered by the campaign represents a new high for the organization, exceeding fundraising in previous annual campaigns.
The support and donations from the For a better us™ campaign are essential to meeting needs and creating lasting change in Columbus and surrounding counties.“The Y works to ensure all individuals have the support they need to achieve their full potential, regardless of ability to pay” said Steve Ives, President and CEO for the YMCA of Central Ohio. “We work here in central Ohio and surrounding communities to provide services addressing the most critical social issues.”
The Y hopes to continue this philanthropic momentum in the coming months. “Donations make our mission a reality, allowing us to provide affordable and accessible high quality childcare, life-changing experiences and summer learning opportunities for children through programs such as camp, housing services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness, support for families with children with special needs, and wellness and recreation activities,” explains Ives. “These are often programs that go unrecognized as part of the Y, but are at the core of our service to the community. Last year, annual philanthropic support helped us to have more than $16 million in community impact.”
The YMCA’s annual fundraising is a part of a nationwide Y-USA multimedia marketing campaign designed to educate consumers on the Y’s work as one of the most effective and enduring charitable organizations in the country. The national For a better us™ campaign raises awareness of the work the Y does in the areas of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility to address pressing social issues in more than 10,000 communities around the country.
Welcoming our New Membership Software
The YMCA of Central Ohio is excited to announce the launch of our new membership software, PERSONIFY! This software will replace our current system with easier to use account management and more! Our official roll out is scheduled for July 18th. When you log into your account, you’ll see a slick screen with new and improved options to enhance your online experience.
Making a change like this requires a lot of careful consideration of what’s best for you - our members. The new software is designed to make your experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible:
We’re really excited about this change and we hope you will be, too. Faster registration means you can jump to the reason you’re at the Y more quickly-- whether that’s jamming out in your favorite fitness class, watching your little ones excel in swim lessons, or bonding with friends and neighbors while playing pickleball.
For the past several months, we’ve been training staff and preparing for the roll out of our new technology. We appreciate your patience as we adapt to the new system. There’s a lot to learn on our side, but we’re up for the task to make sure your experience is the best it can be.
Stay tuned for tips on how to manage your user profile, coming soon!
4th of July 2017 Branch Holiday Hours
Tuesday, July 4th, 2017
Don M. and Margaret Hilliker YMCA- 7:00 a.m-12:00 p.m.
Downtown YMCA- Closed, July 3rd- Close at 2 for Red White & Boom
Gahanna/John E. Bickley YMCA - 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Jerry L. Garver YMCA- 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Grove City YMCA- 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Hilliard/Ray Patch Family YMCA- 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Hilltop YMCA-Closed, Cherry Creek Pool open 12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Liberty Township/Powell YMCA- 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
North YMCA- Closed
Pickaway County Family YMCA- Closed
Vaughn E. Hairston YMCA- Closed
Eldon and Elsie Ward Family YMCA- Closed
Tackling Summer Learning Loss
Schools are out, vacations are on, and kids across the country are enjoying a break from traditional learning. While it is important to sit back, relax, and enjoy the downtime, the Y is here to prevent the summer from having a negative effect on a youth’s development. Studies have shown that the break in the summer months can set children back significantly in their academics. However, when kids are active and engaged, amazing things can happen.
YMCA of Central Ohio to open New American Welcome Center
Giving newcomers from across the city access to a safe, supportive environment
June is National Men’s Health Month
Men’s Health: Taking Big and Small Steps Towards Wellness
Walk with a Doc this Summer
Join us twice a month for Walk with a Doc at Woodward Park Recreation Center on Karl Road. Everyone is welcome to join, members and non-members alike! On each walk, you'll be joined by Y Volunteers and a doctor from the Columbus area who will talk about his or her specialization and answer questions while you all enjoy a 1 mile walk.
This summer, the walks will be held on the first and third Saturday of each month:
Reynoldsburg Community Center YMCA: Coming in 2019
We are proud to announce that the YMCA is coming to Reynoldsburg. The new location, expected to open in spring 2019, will be the YMCA‘s 14th branch in central Ohio. Construction is expected to begin in March 2018.
On May 2nd, a majority of voters approved a 1 percent income-tax increase to build the new facility. The levy will generate about $6.5 million annually, increasing Reynoldsburg’s income-tax revenue by about 54 percent each year.
Of the anticipated new yearly revenue, about $1.5 million will be used to repay a 30-year loan for the new YMCA community center and about $5 million will go towards city improvements.The new Y will be a two-story, 52,000-square-foot building built on 10 acres at the north end of Huber Park, on the site of the old Reynoldsburg Swim Center at 7215 E. Main St. The Reynoldsburg Community Center YMCA will most likely resemble the Delaware Community Center YMCA.
The Reynoldsburg community identified the need for a community recreation center over a year ago, and that dream has finally become a reality. The new branch will expand the Y’s reach in central Ohio, providing even more people with resources they need to grow and flourish.
Like other other central Ohio branches, this new location will provide the community with childcare, recreation facilities, tools for healthy living, and a broad variety of initiatives designed to lift up the community and improve quality of life.
“It was a long, long road to get here, and it feels pretty good,” said Reynoldsburg Mayor Brad McCloud. “This is what happens when people pull together.”
Reynoldsburg is currently the largest central Ohio suburb without a pool or community center. However, with this new location, the Y looks forwards to helping the neighborhood to come together, build new connections, and thrive as a community. The Reynoldsburg branch will be the 14th YMCA in the YMCA of Central Ohio associaiton.
“On behalf of the Y, I'd like to congratulate the Reynoldsburg community on taking a major step forward this evening and THANK you for your vote of trust and confidence in our partnership. Great things are ahead!” said Brian Kridler, Senior Vice President of Strategy & Innovation, YMCA of Central Ohio.
Why a Summer Day Camp experience is important
Sure, summer camp is about having fun, learning new skills and enjoying the warm weather outdoors. But what you may not know is how beneficial summer day camp can be to your child. The camp experience is recognized by child development professionals as valuable in helping children mature socially, emotionally, intellectually, morally, and physically. Here’s the top 10 reasons why a YMCA Summer Day Camp is the best!
Time in the great outdoors. At a YMCA of Central Ohio day camp, 90% of the child’s time is spent outside. This allows children the opportunity to explore, play and be active outside of the YMCA’s four walls.
Meeting new people and making new friends. At a YMCA of Central Ohio Day Camp, counselors are encouraged to foster inclusiveness and a sense of community amongst their groups. Children can make new friends, learn from one another, and meet people that are (or aren’t!) like them.
FREE Swim lessons. Water safety is a critical part of summer at the YMCA. At day camp, children receive daily swim lessons that help them develop life-saving skills.
Character Development. The YMCA infuses the four core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility in daily activities with the campers. Learning and having an understanding of the four core values helps children develop into kind and caring adults.
A reduction in Summer Learning Loss. Studies show that during the summer, kids can show a decline in learning compared to what they experience during the school year. At day camp, kids enjoy activities that keep them learning and engaged all summer long, helping them to retain knowledge gained during the school year.
Gaining a role model. At Day Camp, caring and professional role models are committed to helping kids build confidence and character. The loyalty, dedication and professionalism of our highly trained staff is extraordinary and gives kids someone to look up to. All Day Camp staff are 18 years or older.
A chance to discover who they are. During day camp, kids are exposed to a variety of different hobbies and activities. Exploration of these will help kids discover who they are, and what they have a passion for.
Creating lifelong memories. Summer camp is an unforgettable experience that will teach campers lessons, create special friendships and give them treasured memories they will take with them all through their lives. They will end the summer with a renewed sense of joy, responsibility, confidence and an abundance of amazing stories to share.
An active summer. At day camp, kids get what they need to develop physically. This includes fresh air, plenty of play time, and all the good food their bodies need. Day camp gets kids off of the couch and moving!
A sense of belonging. From group chants to team songs, team-building activities and more, children learn what it means to be a part of something.The sense of common purpose and attachment to the identity that a YMCA camp promotes go a long way to offering children a sense of being rooted.
Sign up for day camp now! http://daycamp.ymcacolumbus.org/
Tips for Water Safety
Water Safety Tips
Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children ages 5 to 14, with children from communities of color at greatest risk. With National Water Safety Month in May and summer around the corner, it’s a great time for parents to remember the importance of ensuring their children are equipped with essential water safety skills. The Y offers Y Swim Lessons, a program that helps reduce the risk of childhood drowning, develop a lifelong love swimming and provide children from underserved communities greater access to water safety programs.
1. Never swim alone. Teach your children that they should only swim in locations where a lifeguard is on duty.
2. Supervise your children whenever they’re in water. Whether it’s bath time or taking a dip in a pool or lake, make sure your children are within arm’s reach of you at all time.
3. Don’t engage in breath holding activities. Children shouldn’t hold their breath for a prolonged amount of time while swimming, as this can cause drowning and has several other severe physical side-effects.
4. Wear a Life Jacket: Inexperienced or non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
5. Don’t jump in the water to save a friend who is struggling in deep water. If a child finds their friend in deep water unexpectedly, their natural reaction may be to jump in the water to try to save them. Even if a child is a great swimmer, a panicked person will overpower them, pulling them underwater with them. The Y’s Safety Around Water program teaches the “reach, throw, don’t go” concept of using a long object to reach for them and pull them to safety. By using this technique children can help their friend without compromising their own safety.
6. Enroll your children in water safety or swim lessons. Just like teaching your children to look both ways before they cross the street, having them participate in formal water safety lessons teaches them an important life skill. The Y’s Swim Lessons teaches children fundamental water safety skills and what to do if they find themselves in water unexpectedly.
Learning how to swim also has multiple benefits beyond the ability to enjoy water safely. It helps children strive for physical achievement, promotes healthy living and builds their confidence. To find out how to enroll your child in the Y’s swim lessons, visit ymcacolumbus.org/swim-lessons
Add Learning How to Swim to Your Child’s List of Basic Life Skills
Add Learning How to Swim to Your Child’s List of Basic Life Skills
There is a list of basic life skills all parents instinctively know they must teach their children to keep them safe and healthy. It includes habits like looking both ways before you cross the street, washing your hands with soap and water and eating the right amount of fruits and vegetables every day.
For too many parents, safety in and around water is not on the list; and that’s something we need to change.
Fatal drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14 years old. Ohio ranks among the top 10 states for child drownings in 2016 and is the highest ranking northern state. The problem is particularly acute among minority communities. African American children ages 5 to 14 are three times more likely to drown than their white counterparts. The disparity is partly due to the lack of swimming experience among these children.
According to a recent national research study conducted by the USA Swimming Foundation and the University of Memphis, 70 percent of African American and 60 percent of Hispanic children cannot swim, compared to just 40 percent of Caucasian children.
The Y is committed to reducing water-related injuries, particularly in communities where children are most at risk. During National Water Safety Month this May, the Y offers swim lessons, a program designed to acclimate children to the water, and then teach them life-saving skills.
These classes are just one of the many swim programs that millions of people from toddlers to adults take advantage of at the Y’s more than 2,000 pools across the country. Here in Columbus, Ohio the Y teaches hundreds of children water safety and swimming each year.
If children know how to stay safe in and around water, swimming can be a lifelong source of fun and exercise. Instead of keeping your children away from water, help them learn fundamental water safety skills by enrolling them in lessons. These classes can provide them a new, exciting way to keep active and meet new friends.
To learn more about the Y’s Swim Lessons, visit ymcacolumbus.org/swim-lessons
May is Older Americans Month
May is Older Americans Month
The YMCA of Central Ohio encourages older adults in and around Columbus to eat healthy, get active and social
[Columbus, OH May 2nd, 2017] – May is Older Americans Month and the YMCA of Central Ohio encourages all adults 50 years and older in and around Columbus to get motivated and develop behaviors that are crucial to healthy aging, including healthy eating, increasing physical activity and social interaction.
Adults 50 years and older currently make up more than 30 percent of the U.S. population, and will soon represent 45 percent of all Americans. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that adults 50 and older have a 70 percent chance of developing at least one chronic disease. While these numbers seem daunting, the good news is that making small lifestyle changes that include increasing physical activity, eating healthier and staying active socially can help older adults live better.
Check out these tips on how older Americans can age healthily!
1. Have fun with your food. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring! Have fun with your fruits and vegetables by trying them fresh or frozen. Find a new recipe that uses a different source of protein or find a way to incorporate fish or beans into an old favorite. Remember as you age, it’s important to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or fat-free dairy and lean meats to help your body get the necessary nutrients.
3. Get Active. Physical activity is safe for almost everyone, and the health benefits of physical activity far outweigh the risks. Regular physical activity is one of the most important things older adults can do for their health. It can prevent many of the health problems that seem to come with age (such as osteoporosis and arthritis) and reduce the risk for developing, or help manage, depression, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain kinds of cancers. For older adults who have chronic conditions that hinder their ability to be active on a regular basis, some physical activity is better than none, and older adults who participant in any amount of physical activity gain some health benefits.
4. Tweak your routine. To get the recommended 30 minutes of daily physical activity, change your routine to 10-minute sessions throughout the day. For example, stand on one foot while brushing your teeth to increase balance, and do squats while washing dishes to increase strength. Make sure you can grab hold of something to maintain balance—safety first! To increase your cardio, take the stairs instead of the elevator or park farther from the entrance to work. When sitting in front of the TV, march during commercials or do some light stretching to break up sitting for long periods.
5. Get social. Socialization is an important part of aging. As we get older, it’s important to be active socially to stay healthy. Take a walk with a friend or a neighbor, join a book club or volunteer at your local pet shelter or local Y. Social interaction provides meaningful engagement, builds relationships, enhances a sense of belonging and provides opportunities for involvement—all resulting in greater bonds and a stronger sense of community. Being connected to the community keeps you healthy!
Volunteering: It’s good for your health!
National Volunteer Week is April 23rd-29th!
President Richard Nixon established National Volunteer Week with an executive order in 1974, as a way to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers. Since then, the the week has become a nationwide effort to urge people to get out and volunteer in their communities. Every April, charities, hospitals, and communities recognize volunteers and foster a culture of service.
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A Sneak Peek Behind the Scenes of Your “Swim and Gym”
If you’ve spent any time at the Y, you know we have weights, yoga, and awesome swimming pools. We hope that you also know we have a tight-knit, supportive, and uplifting community in all of our branches. But you may not be aware of all the work that the Y does to make central Ohio helping underserved parts of our communities. So, if you’ve ever wondered what it is that the Y actually does to create lasting change, we’re here to answer those questions!
One of the easiest ways to look at what we do in and around Columbus is our 5 Pillars. The pillars are subsets of our three focus areas:
Each of our pillars focuses on a different aspect of the work that we do to create better quality of life in our community:
Childhood Development and Educational Achievement
The first pillar focuses on the younger members of our community--that is, those in fifth grade and below. We focus on the physical, cognitive and social/emotional growth and progression of children so that they will have more opportunities and brighter futures as they grow older.
In our programs, we seek to provide safe and supportive spaces while fulfilling specific learning goals (such as meeting “ready to learn” benchmarks and reading at grade level by grade 3) and reducing summer learning loss. Outside of academic-oriented work, we also instill healthy habits, values, and the skills to develop positive relationships and a sense of belonging.
What does this look like?
We prepare children to take on the world with programs like:
Some of these are designed for specific groups, such as children with disabilities or low-income families. However, all of our programs nurture and encourage children to become their best selves.
Youth and Teen Development
Our support doesn’t stop once your child hits a certain age. We give older youth and teens challenges, experiences, and support that help give them tools to fulfill their potential. We work to further instill the skills, values and behaviors that lead to healthy habits and increased confidence and self-esteem.
Our youth and teen development programs build on our child care and early childhood education to provide social and recreational programs that offer opportunities to explore the world and learn more about art, science, culture, nature and citizenship. We cultivate a desire to be of service to others in the community, a sense of direction, and feelings of hope about the future.
What does this look like?
We work to to prepare youth to be capable, well-adjusted adults through a wide variety of programs:
You may think that this pillar is only tied to fitness and working out, but the truth is that the Y’s resources build not just physical, but also mental, social, and emotional health. We help our community to invest in their future help by reducing the likelihood of chronic disease and developing healthy habits.
We connect individuals and families, creating supportive small communities where people have access to lifelong learning and growth opportunities. This community fosters the development of peer friendships and supportive staff relationships, provides opportunities to help those in need, and exposes individuals and families to the great value of our community’s diversity.
What does that look like?
We offer evidence-based signature chronic disease prevention and maintaince programs like:
We also support healthy activities like swimming, family camp, adult sports, group wellness, wellness behavior tracking and more.
Housing to Eliminate Homelessness
Preventing and reducing homelessness in central Ohio is a priority for us because we believe that all people deserve to have their their physical, mental, and emotional needs met. We use a “housing first” intervention model to ensure that we connect individuals
Our responsibility to our residents, however, goes beyond housing. We give them ongoing support with education, benefits and employment to provide opportunities to overcome barriers. This allows residents to develop the skills and competencies needed to live independently.
We encourage peer friendships and supportive staff relationships, and we nurture feelings of emotional and physical safety by being sensitive to the need for trauma informed care and crisis intervention.
What does that look like?
We serve people suffering from homelessness through:
Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Our final pillar points us continually towards the future. We are always working to ensure that we are growing to better meet the needs of our community. Through continued innovation and training, we seek out creative opportunities to unleash the power of business for social good in our community and within the YMCA. To accomplish our goals, we are continually working to improve our performance in areas such as volunteer engagement, employee skills, technology, and more.
We provide impactful business solutions to identified community and organizational needs, develop stronger leaders within our organization, and accelerate the growth of our Y so that we can serve a broader range of people.
What does that look like?
Along with initiatives to provide shared services to Ys and to develop innovation competencies in our staff and volunteers, we use prototypes to continually push boundaries in efficiency and innovation like:
That’s a lot, huh?
The incredible breadth and depth of programs is part of what makes the YMCA such an amazing organization. We are so proud to be able to serve the people of central Ohio in so many different ways.
But, the thing is... we can’t do it all on our own. Donations from our community are what makes it possible for us to influence so many people. If you’re interested in giving back and want to support the work that the Y does, we welcome your donation.
5 days of Action against Child Sexual Abuse
At the YMCA of Central Ohio, we understand that a parent’s worst fear is something happening to their child, and we know how much trust it takes to place your child into someone else’s care.
That’s why, as the largest provider of child care in central Ohio, we do not take your confidence lightly. Every time we welcome a child into our care, it becomes our responsibility to provide a nurturing, safe, and protected environment where he or she can learn, grow and thrive.
Because the YMCA of Central Ohio is committed to the safety of all children, we take steps every day to prevent child abuse. These steps include reference and criminal background checks for all staff and volunteers, requiring all staff to participate in annual child abuse prevention training, and staying vigilant for events out of the ordinary by conducting interviews and evaluations with children and parents. Finally, we take allegations or suspicions of child abuse seriously by reporting to police and state agencies for investigation.
On the week of April 24, the nation will come together to prevent child abuse through KNOW, SEE, RESPOND. During this national prevention week, the YMCA of Central Ohio will join other Ys across the country by conducting additional educational sessions for staff and distributing informational materials to the members, families and communities we serve. We will also be be raising awareness at our Healthy Kid’s Day celebrations on April 29.
We’re highlighting a three-step approach to help adults, parents and staff stay watchful:
Know: Learn how to recognize inappropriate behavior in adults, identify indications of abuse in children, and teach children how they can stay safe.
See: Pay close attention to your children and the people in their lives, staying vigilant for signs of abuse and knowing how to communicate with your child about their experiences.
Respond: If you see a child displaying behavior that matches common warning signs of abuse, notice suspicious actions from an adult, or you hear about something that sounds like abuse, report it immediately.
If you have children or interact with children on a regular basis, we encourage you to learn more about signs of abuse.
You’ll find lots of educational information on social media as the week progresses, so please keep an eye out and share with the people around you. The more people we can reach with this vital information, the better we can protect children throughout central Ohio and communities across the nation.
#ForABetterUs Membership Photo Sweepstakes
Win a year membership to the Y!
How? It’s simple! Participate in our #ForABetterUs photo challenge below for your chance to win!
One winner will be selected from your branch. Winners must have current email address and phone number on file. No purchase necessary to enter or win.
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible to participate in the Promotion, you must be (i) a resident of central Ohio or (ii) at least 18 years of age, and (iii) a legal U.S. citizen or a permanent U.S. resident at the time of entry. Membership to the YMCA of Central Ohio is not required to enter. YMCA of Central Ohio reserves the right to verify your eligibility if you are named as a winner in the Promotion. Employees of the YMCA of Central Ohio, their immediate families (spouse, parents, children, siblings and their respective spouses), and individuals living in the same household as such employees are not eligible to enter this Promotion.
All Branches Closed on Easter
All of our YMCA of Central Ohio branches will be closed on Sunday, April 16 2017. Enjoy spending this day with your friends and family!
Healthy Kids Day 2017
Nothing charges up kids like summer—and Healthy Kids Day® is the Y's official start to the best summer ever! So make sure your kids get the most they can out of this summer...in spirit, mind and body. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the fun!
On Saturday, April 29, the YMCA of Central Ohio is celebrating the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of families. This free event will include fun active play and educational activities to keep kids moving and learning, in order to maintain healthy habits and academic skills to achieve goals and reach their full potential. Millions of children and their families are expected to participate in Healthy Kids at nearly 1,600 events across the country.
Join us at your local branch on April 29, 2017 for fun activities for the kids and family. Find information about the events at each branch below. Keep an eye on this page--we will continue to add branches and update the information as time goes on!
Grove City (9:00am-12:00pm)
Jerry L. Garver (1:00-4:00pm)
Eldon and Elsie Ward Family YMCA (12:00pm-3:00pm)
Vaughn E. Hairston YMCA (12-3pm)
Gahanna/John E. Bickley YMCA (11am-2pm)
Hilliker YMCA (9am-11:30am)
American Heart Month Tips
American Heart Month Tips
February is American Heart Month, and as a leading community-based organization dedicated to improving the nation’s health, the YMCA of Central Ohio offers the following tips to help families in Columbus, Ohio be heart healthy.
1. Get Physical: Being physically active every day is fun and can improve the function of your heart. Plan and schedule opportunities for active play; for example, include a brisk 10-minute trip around the block after meals or a 10-minute walking break during the day. If your family enjoys active video games, select versions that require moving the body’s large muscle groups while playing.
2. Take a Snooze: Lack of sleep can be associated with elevated cholesterol and blood pressure. Adults need at least seven, but no more than nine hours of sleep at night to aid with the prevention of heart disease. Children need 10-12 hours of sleep per night. Develop bedtime routines for the whole family to assist with falling asleep faster and staying asleep.
3. Shape Up Those Recipes: Makeover your family’s favorite recipes by reducing the amount of salt and saturated fat and substituting a lower fat food without sacrificing tastes. For example, use low-fat yogurt instead of sour cream and skip the seasoning packet and use pepper and olive oil instead. Read food labels to learn more about what is in the package, select foods that have less than 1,000 mg of sodium per serving.
4. Feeling the Pressure: Per the American Heart Association lowering or maintaining normal blood pressure can greatly reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke. Nearly 1 in 3 adults (about 80 million people) has high blood pressure and more than half of them don’t have it under control. Start self-monitoring your blood pressure and know the numbers. Discuss the results with you doctor if needed.
5. Play Together: Spending time together as a family is a great way to reduce stress, which is important to heart health. Make homemade valentines for your children’s classmates or build a snow fort together in the yard or the park.
February is American Heart Month
Make a Vow to Lower Blood Pressure and Reduce Sodium Intake during American Heart Month
February is American Heart Month and as a leading community-based organization committed to improving the nation’s health, the YMCA of Central Ohio urges everyone in Columbus to help prevent heart disease by lowering your blood pressure. Two ways to keep the pressure off your heart are by monitoring your blood pressure and reducing sodium intake.
According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the nation’s number one killer, responsible for 1 in 3 deaths each year in the United States. Additionally, 32.6 percent—about 80 million adults—have high blood pressure with less than half having it under control. High blood pressure is most prevalent in minority communities, and is often referred to as “The Silent Killer” because there are typically no warning signs or symptoms.
To address the prevalence of heart disease, the Y has made a national commitment to the Million Hearts campaign, an initiative spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that aims to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes.
Besides monitoring your blood pressure, reducing sodium intake is a great way to keep your heart healthy. Per the American Heart Association (AHA), too much sodium in your system puts an extra burden on your heart and blood vessels. In some people, this may lead to or raise high blood pressure. Everyone, including kids, should reduce their sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day (about 1 teaspoon of salt). Having less sodium in your diet may help you lower or avoid high blood pressure.
The Y offers the following tips from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help reduce sodium in your diet.
1. Think fresh: Most of the sodium Americans eat is found in processed foods. Eat highly processed foods less often and in smaller portions—especially cheesy foods, such as pizza; cured meats, such as bacon, sausage, hot dogs, and deli/luncheon meats; and ready-to-eat foods, like canned chili, ravioli and soups. Fresh foods are generally lower in sodium.
The YMCA of Central Ohio offers a community of diverse individuals who can support all people in meeting their health and well-being goals. Learn more by visiting ymcacolumbus.org or stopping into your local Y.
YMCA of Central Ohio Branch Holiday Hours 2016
New Membership Policy
The Y strives to understand why a member is choosing to leave us and to the best of our ability seeks to resolve any issues or dissatisfaction a member may have. Losing valuable members of our family is something we take very serious. We often find that members prefer to stay with the Y and any issues can be resolved. However, we also understand that circumstances may arise that cannot be avoided and the difficult decision to leave the Y is necessary.
Effective January 1, 2017 the YMCA of Central Ohio will require 30 days written notice of membership cancellation. Our current policy allows a member to cancel in writing, 5 days (not business days) prior to their bank draft date. This practice has proven to cause issues of unanticipated bank drafts, lengthy processes for refunds, difficulty in timely communication with banking institutions and more.
As you know, joining the YMCA of Central Ohio is not a contract-based membership and we do not charge a cancellation fee which is very common in the industry. Therefore, this is a policy that is more closely aligned with most standard business policies.
Thank you for being a valued YMCA member.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is changing?
The YMCA of Central Ohio is updating its Membership Cancellation Policy, effective January 1, 2017.
How will this affect my membership if I need to cancel?
If a member cancels without providing the required 30 days written notice, the member will experience an additional bank draft before their membership is officially canceled. Regardless, a notice of written cancellation is still required.
Why is the cancellation policy changing?
Our current policy’s time frame does not provide the Y enough time to submit updated information to banking institutions. This practice has proven to cause issues of unanticipated drafts, overdrafts, lengthy processes for refunds, difficulty in timely communication with banking institutions and more.
Additionally, the Y strives to understand why a member is choosing to leave us and, to the best of our ability, seeks to resolve any issues or dissatisfaction a member may have.With such a short time frame currently offered for cancellation, we lose valuable members of our family. We often find members prefer to stay with the Y and any issues can be resolved quickly.
Since YMCA memberships are not contract-based and no cancellation fee is charged, which is very common in the industry, this is a policy that falls in line with most standard business practices.
How does this change benefit members?
When a member makes the difficult decision to leave the Y and provides the required 30 days written notice, they can feel comfortable knowing they will not be drafted unexpectedly after 30 days or worry about having sufficient funds to cover an unexpected draft. Additionally, this will prevent members from having to wait for a refund which is a common occurrence with the current five day policy.
Members who have provided the required 30 days notice will still have access to the Y to utilize the remaining days of their membership, guest passes and accessibility to classes and programs at the member rate.
Finally, if a member has had an unsatisfactory experience, we want to make every effort to correct an issue to the member’s satisfaction.
Does this policy apply when if I place my account on hold or downgrade my/our membership to another category?
Yes, the 30 days of written notice for changes that affect the member’s bank draft amount will be affected by this policy.
The Y Organizes Child Care Initiative, Zoe’s Kids Day Out, on Election Day to Support Busy Parents
The Y’s Zoe for President Campaign Aims to Get Parents to the Polls
Columbus, OH (October 31, 2016)— Today the YMCA of Central Ohio announced Zoe’s Kids Day Out; an initiative to host child care services on Election Day, providing busy parents and caregivers the opportunity to make it easier to get to the polls on November 8. Acknowledging taking kids to the polls may add stress for busy parents and caregivers, the Y is committed to doing its part to make sure all Americans can vote.
The YMCA of Central Ohio will offer varieties of child care/child watch on November 8. Some YMCA branches are polling locations. Please check your local YMCA for more information.
Zoe’s Kids Day Out is a component of Zoe for President, the Y’s effort to elect a one-year-old girl as our nation’s Commander in Chief…in 2064. It highlights the potential the Y sees in all kids to grow up and change the world if they’re nurtured properly and supported along the way. Through Y initiatives like child care, academic enrichment, mentorship, college prep, job training, and more, kids have the opportunities to succeed, grow, and one day, maybe even become president. The Y aims to impart the values of what it means to achieve—how hard work, determination, perseverance and character can drive someone to success beyond what they thought possible.
“Our hope is that Zoe’s Kids Day Out helps parents and caregivers make sure their voices are heard, and the very children we care for are given every opportunity to reach their future potential,” said Tina Badurina, Vice President of Marketing and Communication, YMCA of Central Ohio. “As the largest provider of child care in the country, the Y sees the potential in all kids and understands if given the opportunity to succeed, children can grow up to be anything they want—including president.”
Zoe’s Kids Day Out initiative is part of Zoe’s larger campaign to “Rattle the Vote,” and encourage voter participation. Another component of “Rattle the Vote” is a customizable social media video generator available November 1. The video generator will give users an opportunity to create “Get Out The Vote” video messages from Zoe on ZoeForPresident.net that they can share with their friends and family on social media channels.
Healthy Weight and Your Child
Healthy Weight and Your Child is back this fall! 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 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:
Delaware Community Center YMCA
Hilliard/Ray Patch Family YMCA
Eldon and Elsie Ward Family YMCA
All branch contact: Kelci Dillard: email@example.com
YMCA of Central Ohio wins United Way 2016 Champion of Children Award
YMCA of Central Ohio wins United Way 2016 Champion of Children Award
The YMCA of Central Ohio was named as the non-profit organization, 2016 Champion of Children Winner by the United Way of Central Ohio. Today’s announcement was made at the Columbus Metropolitan Club’s weekly meeting. Honored as the individual winner was Columbus City Schools Superintendent, Dan Good.
“We are extremely honored to have received such a prestigious award,” stated Steve Ives, President and CEO for the YMCA of Central Ohio. “We are committed to the development, care and nurturing of all children and thank the United Way of Central Ohio for this extraordinary recognition.”
Each year, the United Way of Central Ohio names one local individual and organization for demonstrating exceptional commitment to local education efforts. The YMCA of Central Ohio was nominated by PNC Bank for the 2016 honor.
“It is truly fitting that Dan Good was recognized for his work with Columbus City Schools,” said Ives. “Columbus City Schools is an exceptional community partner to the Y shares our vision for the potential of all central Ohio youth. Our congratulations go to Dan and his leadership of Columbus City Schools.”
Celebrating National Welcoming Week at the New American Festival
By Malik Moore, Global Initiatives and Executive Director, North YMCA, Columbus, Ohio.
Every September for the last four years, the YMCA of Central Ohio has partnered with our neighbors at Ethiopian Tawahedo Social Services (ETSS) to celebrate Enkutatash, the Ethiopian New Year, and also welcome our neighbors from across the globe during National Welcoming Week. The festival has grown in number as well as cultural diversity, with over 1,000 attendees from African, Asian, Latin American, and resident communities. The languages, cultures, and traditions of these groups vary, but all have come together for a common cause: to become self-sufficient and establish roots in a new country.
Thank you National Swimming Pool Foundation
Thank you to the National Swimming Pool Foundation for their $10,000 grant to kick-start the Safety Around Water Program. This grant will be very helpful in the development of the program and could generate more support for next year.
The YMCA’s Safety Around Water program helps to make sure youth learn essential water safety skills, which can open up a world of possibilities for them to satisfy their curiosity safely. Through learning how to perform a sequenced set of skills over eight lessons of 40 minutes each, the risk of drowning is reduced, giving your child confidence in and around water.
A typical session includes exercises to help kids adjust to being in water, specific safety topics like what to do if you see someone in the water who needs help, and fun activities that reinforce skills. Swimming lessons are associated with an 88% reduction in the risk of drowning in ages 1-4.
Sign up for your child for lessons now. Visit http://www.ymcacolumbus.org/swim-lessons for more information.
Independence Day Hours
Check out which branches will be open on Independence Day, Monday, July 4.
Gahanna/John E. Bickley YMCA: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m
Jerry L. Garver YMCA: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Grove City YMCA: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Hilliard/Ray Patch Family YMCA: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Liberty Township/Powell YMCA: 12:00-6:00 p.m.
Delaware Community Center YMCA
Pickaway County Family YMCA
Vaughn E. Hairston YMCA
Eldon & Elsie Ward Family YMCA
The Y at Clark Hall
YMCA Summer Food Program
1 in 4 central Ohio children don’t know where their next meal will come from. Last summer, the YMCA of Central Ohio provided 25,782 breakfasts, 75,373 lunches and 6,483 snacks through 16 sites in impoverished communities where children struggle to find food while away from school.
Now in it’s fourth year, the YMCA will expand it’s reach, adding a mobile van traveling to two new sites at a Metro Park just outside the Grove City area and a near West Side apartment complex. Funding for the food is sponsored by Columbus Recreation and Parks. Funding for recreational activities and staff is funded through the Walmart Foundation.
Open feeding sites attract in excess of 250 children per day who are hungry, but also benefit from the one hour of physical activity provided.
Thank You Justice Clothing Store
On Friday, May 20, Justice Clothing Store generously donated boxes of children's clothing and accessories. The donations were distributed to needy kids and families at the Vaughn E. Hairston YMCA. Thank you for your kind donation, Justice Clothing Store!
YMCA of Central Ohio is a Kiwanis Club Centennial Grant Recipient
Kiwanis Club of Columbus Celebrates Centennial with YMCA of Central Ohio
Celebrating their historic centennial milestone at the Ohio Statehouse, the Kiwanis Club of Columbus applauded the work of four local non-profits, all of which are committed to serving central Ohio youth. With an unprecedented investment of $100,000 beyond their annual contributions to our community, the YMCA of Central Ohio, Kaleidoscope Youth Center, Boys & Girls Clubs and the Columbus Children’s Choir each received grants to fulfill critical projects at their respective agencies. Representing the YMCA of Central Ohio at the event, president and CEO Stephen Ives stated, “We are extremely privileged to be recognized by an organization like Kiwanis that intentionally focuses on youth serving organizations. We look forward to the opportunities we have in partnering with the agencies honored this evening and continuing to expand our collective impact on central Ohio youth.”
The YMCA of Central Ohio received a $30,000 grant from Kiwanis for critical updates at Hoover YMCA Park, one of the Association’s premier Day Camp locations. This grant will allow the Y to have a greater impact on youth through expansion of its performance space for teens and renovation of the Park’s Adventure Area and Challenge Courses. An estimated 2,000 children will visit Hoover YMCA Park this summer. Through this investment, youth and teens will have unique opportunities to grow in teambuilding, trust and self-confidence.
On behalf of the YMCA of Central Ohio and all those who will enjoy their summer at Hoover YMCA Park, we are extremely grateful to the Kiwanis Club of Columbus for their generous support. The newly renovated Adventure Areas will be named in Kiwanis’ honor.
Pictured from left to right:
Mark Swepston, President, Columbus Kiwanis Foundation, Stephen Ives, President & CEO, YMCA of Central Ohio, Pamela Biesecker, Sr. Vice President, Nationwide Insurance and Second Vice Chair YMCA of Central Ohio Metropolitan General Board, Jeff Rayis, President, Kiwanis Club of Columbus
The Y Celebrates 172 Years of Making A Difference
Five Historical Reasons the Y Makes For a Better Us™
1. American Institutions: Celebrations such as Father’s Day, and organizations like the Peace Corps, all have their roots at the YMCA.
2. Camping Under the Stars: The oldest known summer camp, Camp Dudley, first opened in 1855 and countless numbers of boys and girls have since learned the skills and wonders of camping through the Y, developing critical skills and making memories along the way.
3. Inventing New Ways to Play: From James Naismith's invention of basketball to instructors creating racquetball and what would eventually become volleyball, the Y has a rich tradition in activities that are played by millions of people around the globe. One Y staffer, Robert J. Roberts, is even credited with inventing the term “body building.”
4. Nobel Laureate: YMCA leader John R. Mott was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1946 for the Y's groundbreaking role in raising global awareness and support and for the organization’s humanitarian efforts.
5. Furthering Education: The Y is credited with spearheading the first public libraries, night school for adult education and English as a second language courses.
How the Y is relevant in 2016
Today, the Y serves more than 22 million people annually and offers resources at over 2,700 locations across all 50 states. Here are three ways “community” continues as the Y’s number one cause:
2. Improving the Nation’s Health: More than a place to work out, the Y offers programs that help individuals and families improve their health and enact changes that strengthen community and society as a whole. From working with people who are trying to find ways to improve health, but don’t know how, to preventing chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and helping people recover from serious illnesses like cancer, the Y is one of the few organizations in the country with the size and influence that can effectively reach millions of people. Ys are also active in the community, creating communal gardens, increasing access to farmers markets and ensuring children have a safe route to school.
3. Support For All Our Neighbors: As one of the nation’s leading nonprofits, the Y's social services and volunteer programs help more than 10,000 communities nationwide. From organizing volunteers when disaster strikes to member-led community service projects through the Togetherhood program, every effort helps to make a difference.
For more information on Y programs please visit: ymca.net/forabetterus
YMCA of Central Ohio named “Best Gym” By 614 Magazine
The 2016 Best of Columbus awards were annouced by 614 Magazine and the YMCA of Central Ohio was once again named as Best Gym in the Columbus area with almost 2,000 votes!
Thank you to everyone who voted! We are proud to serve the Columbus area. We hope you will celebrate with us at the ColumBEST party on May 25.
More information here: http://614columbus.com/2016/05/best-fitness-centergym/
YMCA of Central Ohio wins United Way Agency Award of Excellence
On Thursday, May 9, 2016, the YMCA of Central Ohio was recognized with the United Way of Central Ohio Agency Award of Excellence at the annual Celebration of Excellence awards, held at the Ohio Union at The Ohio State University.
This award, given to one non-profit each year, is the most distinguished agency award, recognizing overall campaign achievement. The YMCA of Central Ohio's fundraising campaign for United Way was up 40% in employee participation over last year, with an additional 23% increase in giving.
To read more, click here: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/05/05/United-Way-shifting-focus.html
New Program brings Medical Care to those in shelters
More than 6,000 people served in local hospital ERs in a year were homeless. A new pilot program has brought medical respite beds to Van Buren Center. People who are homeless and suffering from serious illness can receive medical care while in shelter. This is a partnership between PrimaryOne Health, YMCA of Central Ohio and Community Shelter Board.
Kiwanis Club of Columbus announces YMCA of Central Ohio as grant recipient
Kiwanis Club of Columbus Celebrates Centennial
with $100,000 Community Investment
Columbus, OH - -Four local agencies will benefit from the investment of a local service organization this year. The Kiwanis Club of Columbus has chosen four organizations, Boys & Girls Club of Columbus, Columbus Children’s Choir, Kaleidoscope Youth Center, and the YMCA of Central Ohio, to receive grants totaling $100,000. The group marks its 100th Anniversary in 2016 and chose to celebrate by investing in the community’s future.
“Kiwanis Club of Columbus is all about giving back and working to change our community for the better,” said Centennial Celebration chairperson and club Past-President Kathleen Roberts. “Every year our club invests over $80,000 in the community but this year we wanted to make an even bigger impact by sharing an additional $100,000. We couldn’t be more thrilled about the projects we are supporting.”
Kiwanis Club of Columbus is a 150-member service organization dedicated to changing the world, one community and one child at a time. Kiwanis International was founded in 1915 and Kiwanis Club of Columbus, the fifth oldest club in the world, was founded in 1916. The club and its foundation, Columbus Kiwanis Foundation, have been supporting worthy causes focusing on youth in the Columbus community throughout its history. In fact, Kiwanis Club of Columbus is credited with helping to found two well-known organizations in its early years: the Ohio Highway Patrol and the American BoyChoir (which began in Columbus and moved to Princeton, NJ).
Currently, through its foundation, Kiwanis Club of Columbus awards approximately $80,000 a year, including $20,000 in scholarships to deserving Columbus City Schools students, provides significant sponsorship funding for the Columbus Metropolitan Library Summer Reading Program, and supports many other organizations with volunteer and grant support.
May is Water Safety Month
May is Water Safety Month and as the nation’s largest operator of swimming pools, the Y gives more than 1 million children a year the skills they need to be safe in and around water.
Drowning is a serious threat to the health and well-being of people across the U.S., particularly children and minorities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the second leading cause of death for children ages 4 to 14, and the rate of drowning for African-American children is nearly three times the rate for white children.
Teaching a child how to swim and be safe around water is one of the most important life skills children can learn. Swim Lessons at the Y are designed to teach personal water safety, stroke development, water sports and games, rescue and personal growth skills to children.
Now is the time to make sure children are prepared to be safe around the water. Speak with our staff about helping children develop this important life skill. In addition, caregivers can ensure everyone stays safe around the water with these tips:
Kroger Community Rewards
It’s time to re-enroll for the new year of Kroger Community Rewards. Participants need to re-enroll in the month of April in order to continue contributing to the organization through the May 1st 2016 to April 30th 2017 year.
If you are having an issue with your password and or email address please 1-800-KROGERS, press 5 for customer service, press 5 to speak to a customer service representative.
If it’s the first time you are registering, you will need to set up your account first.
Board Member Hal Keller To Receive Homeport ‘Voice and Vision’ Award
Hal Keller To Receive Homeport ‘Voice & Vision’ Award
Columbus, OH -- Citing his 35-year commitment to the practical needs of families and seniors, Homeport will be honoring Hall of Fame affordable housing advocate and non-profit financier Hal Keller at its second annual “Voice & Vision” program on Oct. 13.
Keller has been president of Columbus-based Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing since 1993.
An independent non-profit organization, OCCH has raised more than $3.5 billion for Low Income Housing Tax Credit projects involving more than 725 transactions and 40,000 homes in Ohio and Kentucky.
Keller has been with OCCH since its inception in 1989, serving first as Director of Development.
Under Keller’s leadership, OCCH has also developed affiliated property management and supportive services organizations, Community Properties of Ohio Management Services (CPO), a lending subsidiary, Ohio Capital Finance Corporation, a certified Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI), and philanthropic arm, Ohio Capital Impact Corporation (OCIC).
In 2014, Keller was inducted into the national Affordable Housing Finance’s Housing Hall of Fame.
Bruce Luecke, Homeport’s Interim President & CEO, called Keller “unmatched” in raising awareness to the needs of low to moderate income people -- and in effectively tackling the financial side of making a difference.
“We look forward to recognizing and celebrating Hal’s achievements,” Luecke said.
Keller said he treasures the honor and the work Homeport has been able to accomplish in its 29-year existence.
Keller serves on the boards of a variety of organizations including the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, YMCA of Central Ohio, Affordable Housing Trust for Columbus and Franklin County, Ohio Housing Council, Habitat for Humanity of Ohio and PACT (Partners Achieving Community Transformation). He also serves on the boards of several national affordable housing trade associations.
He holds Master of Arts degrees in both Public Administration and Social Work from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Social Science from Case Western Reserve University.
Keller will receive Homeport’s Voice & Vision award at the fall program to be held at St. Charles Preparatory School’s Walter Commons, 2010 E. Broad Street in Columbus.
Sponsorship opportunities for the Voice & Vision Award Celebration are available by contacting Homeport’s Director of Philanthropy, Julie Naporano, at Julie.Naporano@homeportohio.org or visiting homeportohio.org/sponsor.
Doing Good With Technology: HMB and ECRN+
HMB recently had the opportunity to partner with the YMCA's Early Childhood Resource Network (ECRN+) by donating a fleet of laptops to their organization.
"The team at ECRN+ is extremely grateful for the generous laptop donation from HMB," says Samantha Stewart, Executive Director for ECRN+. "This donation will enable our staff to continue to provide exemplary services to children with disabilities and their families. For over 30 years, ECRN+ has provided services to children who have disabilities or those who are at risk of disabilities and their families."
"Staff members from three different programs will be utilizing the computers; our Community Support Site program (a speech therapy program for children 18 months to three years of age), our Family Support Program (provides family support to children, teens, and young adults with disabilities and their families), and our Help Me Grow program (a birth to three home visitation program for children with delays, disabilities, and special health care needs)."
ECRN+ provides Service Coordination for Help Me Grow of Franklin County, Columbus Kids Outreach, SPARK (Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids) as well as Family Support for families and children of all ages who have disabilities and a speech therapy program for children.
"ECRN+ was founded in 1983 as a coalition of thirty agencies/organizations and parent representatives who were involved in providing services for young children, birth through five, who had developmental delays, disabilities, or who were at risk for such," continues Stewart. "Now, 30 years later, the primary goal is the same; we empower and connect families. Thank you HMB for helping us empower and connect our families!"
Healthy Kids Day April 30th
On Saturday, April 30, the YMCA of Central Ohio is celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of families. Healthy Kids Day will include fun active play and educational activities to keep kids moving and learning, in order to maintain healthy habits and academic skills to achieve goals and reach their full potential. Millions of children and their families are expected to participate in Healthy Kids at nearly 1,600 events across the country.
Join us April 30 at your local branch for fun activities for the kids and family!
PLUS Pay $0 Join Fee if you join in-branch... this weekend only!
Click to jump to your branch's activities:
Delaware Community Center YMCA
FREE Swim Evaluations: 8:30a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Activities: 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Activities: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Gahanna/John E. Bickley YMCA
FREE Swim Evaluations: 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Activities: 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Grove City YMCA
FREE Swim Evaluations: 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Activities: 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Hilliard/Ray Patch Family YMCA
FREE Swim Evaluations: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Activities: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
FREE Swim Evaluations: 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Activities: 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m
Jerry L. Garver YMCA
FREE Swim Evaluations: 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Activities: 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Liberty Twp./Powell YMCA
FREE Swim Evaluations: 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Activities: 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m
FREE Swim Evaluations: 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Activities: 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Pickaway County Family YMCA
FREE Swim Evaluations: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Activities: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Vaughn E. Hairston YMCA
FREE Swim Evaluations: 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Activities: 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Eldon & Elsie Ward Family YMCA
FREE Swim Evaluations: 1:00-2:20 p.m.
Activities: 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
New Medicare Proposal Announced To Aid The Fight Against Diabetes
The Obama administration announced today in a special press conference in Washington, D.C., a plan to expand Medicare to cover programs that prevent diabetes among people at high risk for developing the disease, which includes the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program.
The Diabetes Prevention Program provides a supportive environment where participants can work with others in a small group setting to learn how to adopt healthy habits to reduce their chances of developing the disease. In this evidence based, 12 week program, participants learn about healthy eating and increasing their physical activity, with the goal of reducing their body weight by 7% and increasing their physical activity to 150 minutes per week.
“It will truly change your life,” said Tim Gusler, a YMCA of Central Ohio Diabetes Prevention Program participant. “I lost about 75 pounds. It will make you healthier. I feel better; I have energy!”
Watch more of Tim's story here.
Under the proposed plan, Medicare would cover a participant's fee for participating in the program. The Diabetes Prevention Program is offered at all YMCA of Central Ohio Branches and begins with 16 weekly sessions followed by monthly sessions led by a trained Lifestyle Coach.
The proposal will go through a public commitment period, but it will most likely be in effect before the end of President Obama’s term. This proposal is an extension of the Affordable Care Act. Details of how the diabetes prevention services will be paid for have not yet been released, however it could come through reimbursements to providers, or as a part of a package, including the services of doctors who diagnose and monitor diabetes patients. The exact details will be released by Medicare officials.
To learn more about the proposal, visit http://nyti.ms/21HkVF2
To learn more about the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, visit http://www.ymcacolumbus.org/diabetes
Diabetes Alert Day
Reduce Risk of Diabetes on Diabetes Alert Day
Tuesday, March 22, is American Diabetes Association Alert Day, and the YMCA of Central Ohio wants residents of Columbus to know their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, as well as preventive steps they can take today to reduce the chances of developing the disease.
The Y knows that the best way to reduce new cases of type 2 diabetes is to prevent them and awareness is the first step to prevention. With only 10 percent of the 86 million Americans aware of their condition, the YMCA of Central Ohio understands that it will take everyone working together to increase this number.
In the United States alone, diabetes affects nearly 29 million people. Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes, yet only about 9 million are aware of it. These statistics are alarming, and the impact on the cost of health care and overall well-being of our communities makes preventing the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes more important than ever before.
The YMCA of Central Ohio’s Diabetes Prevention Program is helping people make healthier choices that can help reduce the risk of developing prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. The program provides a supportive environment where participants work with each other in a small group setting to learn how to adopt healthy habits to reduce chances of developing diabetes. Participants learn about healthy eating and increasing their physical activity, with the goal of reducing their body weight by 7% and increasing their physical activity to 150 minutes per week.
Some basic lifestyle changes that contribute to weight loss and an increased focus on healthy living can decrease the risk for type 2 diabetes. Among these are:
• Reduce portion sizes of the foods you eat that may be high in fat or calories.
OhioHealth Delay the Disease Parkinson’s Exercise Program
Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year and as many as one million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease, according to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.
As a leading community-based network committed to improving the nation’s health, the YMCA of Central Ohio has partnered with OhioHealth to bring OhioHealth Delay the Disease, the number one Parkinson’s exercise program, to three branch locations.
This evidence-based fitness program, led by a certified OhioHealth Delay the Disease instructor, is designed to empower people with Parkinson’s disease. The class optimizes physical function while utilizing humor, optimism, enthusiasm and hope to help motivate participants.
After participating in the program, participants will have increased self-confidence, decreased risk of falls and minimized fatigue. The goal of the program is to give participants a happier lifestyle with reduced rigidity and improved mobility.
Beginning Monday, March 14, the program will be offered at The Y at Clark Hall, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. and the Delaware Community Center YMCA, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Beginning Monday, May 31, the program will also be offered at the Grove City YMCA, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 1:00-2:00 p.m.
The program will be offered as a nine week session with a cost of $90 for members and $135 for non-members. For more information, contact the branch representative at your preferred location.
For The Y at Clark Hall contact Valerie Baumann at 614-416-9622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the Delaware Community Center YMCA, contact Amy Mosser at 740-203-3051 or email@example.com.
For the Grove City YMCA, contact Angie Jordan at 614-871-9622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Guests for Members in March
Members-only: FREE Guests ANY Weekend in March!
All guests must comply with YMCA of Central Ohio Guest Conditions.
1 Free Guest Pass per visit
$25 in Y Bucks when your guest joins (for your guest, too!)
Y Bucks* will be added to both the new and current member's account electronically and may be used toward:
March is National Nutrition Month
Focus on Healthy Eating During National Nutrition Month
March is National Nutrition month and as a leading community-based network committed to improving the nation’s health, the YMCA of Central Ohio urges everyone in Columbus to dedicate to a healthy lifestyle by being health conscious this month and every month.
According to the National Academy of Nutrition and Diuretics, National Nutrition Month is a nutrition and education plan focused on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents the past 30 years. The need to become educated about healthy food choices is at an all-time high.
To address the prevalence of childhood obesity, the Y has made a commitment to helping children and their parents develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle through different programs like Strong-Well-Fit and Healthy Weight and Your Child. Because healthy lifestyles are achieved through nurturing mind, body and spirit, fitness at the YMCA includes more than just working out.
Strong-Well-Fit is a free, twelve week program that helps youth and teens and their parents make lifestyle changes to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. Families will learn about nutrition and healthy food choices, exercise and play active games, and achieve goals of a healthier lifestyle. Each class will include forty-five minutes of physical activity for both children and parents, and forty five minutes working on healthy nutrition and activities.
Healthy Weight and Your Child addresses childhood obesity in youth ages 7-13 with a body mass index of 95th percentiles or higher. This 12 month evidence based program is for children with obesity and their parents to empower families to live healthier. Family members are engaged in education, healthy eating and physical activity to elicit change positive change and help families learn skills to live a healthier lifestyle long-term.
The YMCA of Central Ohio offers a community of diverse individuals who can support all people in meeting their health and well-being goals. Learn more by visiting http://www.ymcacolumbus.org/ or stopping into your local Y.
February is American Heart Month
Lower the (Blood) Pressure during American Heart Month
February is American Heart Month and as a leading community-based network committed to improving the nation’s health, the YMCA of Central Ohio urges everyone in Columbus to help prevent heart disease by lowering your blood pressure. Two ways to keep the pressure off your heart are by monitoring your blood pressure and reducing sodium intake.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the nation’s number one killer, responsible for 1 in 4 deaths each year in the United States. Additionally, 1 in 3 adults has high blood pressure with less than half having it under control. High blood pressure is most prevalent in minority communities, and is often referred to as “The Silent Killer” because there are typically no warning signs or symptoms.
To address the prevalence of heart disease, the Y has made a national commitment to the Million Hearts campaign, an initiative spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, that aims to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes. As part of this commitment, the YMCA of Central Ohio encourages heart health through the Diabetes Prevention Program.
The YMCA of Central Ohio is increasing the availability of the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program – which is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles to help reduce their chances of developing the disease. Type 2 diabetes is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and people with diabetes are twice as likely to have heart disease or suffer a stroke as those who do not have it.
The program provides a supportive environment where participants work together in a small group to learn about eating healthier, increasing their physical activity and making other behavior changes with the goal of reducing body weight by 7 percent in order to reduce their risk for developing diabetes. A trained lifestyle coach leads the program over a 12-month period beginning with 16 weekly sessions followed by monthly maintenance sessions. Increased physical activity and moderate weight loss not only reduce diabetes risk, but also have an impact on lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.
Besides monitoring your blood pressure, reducing sodium intake is a great way to keep your heart healthy. According to the American Heart Association, too much sodium in your system puts an extra burden on your heart and blood vessels. In some people, this may lead to or raise high blood pressure. Everyone, including kids, should reduce their sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day (about 1 teaspoon of salt). Having less sodium in your diet may help you lower or avoid high blood pressure.
“Having a handle on your blood pressure is an effective tool in the prevention of heart disease,” said Caroline Rankin, director of chronic disease and prevention programs. “Whether you have high blood pressure or are at risk for heart disease, the Y has many options available that can help.”
Gahanna Welcomes New Multi-Purpose Boutique Studio
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Gahanna Welcomes New Multi-Purpose Boutique Studio
The YMCA of Central Ohio, in partnership with Gahanna Jefferson Public Schools and Franklin University opens new, innovative facility for the community.
WHO: Representatives from the Gahanna Jefferson School District, the Gahanna Chamber of Commerce, Franklin University’s President, David Decker and Mayor Thomas Kneeland, YMCA of Central Ohio’s President and CEO, Stephen Ives
WHAT: The YMCA of Central Ohio is pleased to announce the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of its first boutique-style studio - the Y at Clark Hall. The new facility will provide unique experiences for the Gahanna community including:
WHEN: Saturday, January 9, 2016
9:30 a.m.- Ribbon Cutting followed by a community open house from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Y at Clark Hall
380 Granville Street, Suite B
Gahanna, OH 43230
WHY: Through a unique collaboration, innovative offerings and unparalleled services, the Y at Clark Hall will provide an array of opportunities for all ages, all under the same roof.
CONTACT: Valerie Baumann: (cell) 614-532-0998 or email@example.com
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Construction Underway on Unique Early Childhood Education Center
Construction Underway on Unique Early Childhood Education Center
Community partners, KIPP and YMCA of Central Ohio unite to open new Early Learning Center at Agler Road campus
[COLUMBUS, JANUARY 6, 2016] KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Columbus and the YMCA of Central Ohio announces the opening of the KIPP/YMCA Early Learning Center. The new center for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years will open by September, 2016 on the KIPP campus in Northeast Columbus.
KIPP is a national network of free, open enrollment college preparatory public schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and life. KIPP Columbus debuted its new campus in 2014 with a facility, currently serving 800 students. This will increase that to 2000 by the end of the decade with the addition of several new buildings, including a high school and the Early Learning Center.
“We are committed to helping our students climb the mountain to and through college,” said KIPP Columbus Executive Director Hannah Powell. “Research has shown that the early childhood years are absolutely critical in laying the foundation for success, and we believe that we are in a unique position to provide an enriching environment and high-quality preK opportunities for our community. To be able to partner with an organization like the YMCA which shares similar missions and goals, will be incredibly transformational.”
The YMCA is the area’s largest provider of child care and early learning programs, serving over 4,500 chidren annually at 70 centers in central Ohio. “One of five major pillars of Y work, childhood development and educational achievement is a critical program and a growing program at the YMCA, says President/CEO Stephen Ives. At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors.”
The new school will offer numerous advantages to its students, including spacious classrooms with natural light, access to innovative technology, natural play spaces, and robust programming with best-inclass educators. The center will be open to KIPP families and the public, with a lottery for admission scheduled for February 2016. When fully enrolled at 140 children, the KIPP/YMCA Early Learning Center will be the YMCA’s largest early learning program.
For more information on enrolling in the school, please visit the KIPP website at http://kippcolumbus.org/ or call the administrative offive at 614-263-6137.
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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.
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Request for Proposals To Provide Monitoring Services
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.
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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 & Government
More than 140 YMCA young leaders took place in Youth & 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