As part of the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA’s ongoing commitment to youth development, the YMCA encourages parents to enroll their children in afterschool programs.
According to the Afterschool Alliance, nearly 15 million children in the United States are unsupervised after school between the hours of 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. each day. During these hours, youth are at a greater risk of involvement in crime, drug abuse and other destructive behaviors. YMCA afterschool programs not only provide enhanced learning opportunities outside the classroom, but also provide a safe environment where they can learn, grow and thrive.
“At the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA, we provide youth with the skills they need to achieve academic success, interact with their peers and develop interpersonal skills – skills that are often lost when left unsupervised every day,” said Rosanne Malogolowkin, executive director. “By nurturing their potential, we give youth the confidence to learn and grow to be competent and responsible individuals.”
The Y’s afterschool and early evening programs aim to keep youth motivated and provide extended learning opportunities that enrich their lives. Fun and enriching programs for youth throughout the school year include Y Winners Indoor Basketball, gymnastics, swim lessons, karate & jujitsu, Teen Strength Training, Dragon Swim Team, Youth & Government, jr. high dances, PILOTs, Women in Training, art, piano, and ballet classes.
This fall, the new and improved jr. high EFEX (Everything Fun, Everything “X”treme) kicks off on Sept. 28 with a barbecue at CCY. Jr. high students will travel on crazy scavenger hunts; engage in fun games and wild adventures. The EFEX staff is available to support kids with the challenges of jr. high school through creative programs and activities they enjoy.
As one of the leading providers of afterschool programs, the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA has been engaging children in afterschool programs for more than 56 years. YMCA afterschool programs promote healthy living, social skill development, emotional development, character development, sports and service. For additional information about programs and services, visit the website www.ymcafoothills.org and also become a YMCA of the Foothills Facebook fan.