Amy Wallner Special for Citizen
Happy September! We are always sad to see the summer pass. Fall is often about returning to more regular hours and spending more time indoors. The Y is ready for you. Your Y staff is busy putting the finishing touches on exciting new programs and tweaking the space for the return of some member favorites. We are committed to providing opportunities to strengthen the community by offering programs that help empower young people and improve the health and well-being of everyone in our community.
Parents looking to get back to their health and wellness routines will be delighted to hear that a member favorite Childwatch will return on September 19th. At the Y, we understand the need for parents to have a safe place for their children as they strive for healthy lives. way of life. In our Childwatch program, daycare staff look after your little ones, ages 6 months to 7 years old. Children will have fun in a supervised play area and enjoy unstructured, age-appropriate play.
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We love helping children explore sports activities. Our values-based Learn and Play sports programs encourage healthy competition and provide opportunities for team building and fundamental sports skills. Learn and Play returns to the Y this fall for children ages 3-7. We start in September when we launch Learn and Play Soccer (September 17-October 22), followed by Basketball later in the fall (October 29). until November 11).
Older children need opportunities for recreation and socialization. The parents hope that this will be done in a safe environment. Last winter, Y staff developed our Youth Friday Nights to meet the needs of the community. We’re excited to be offering this member favorite again this fall and winter, and we’re finishing plans for an October launch. This members-only program will run on Friday evenings from 6-8 p.m. Children will enjoy gym time, crafts and special activities supervised by our experienced child care staff.
Adults will not be left out, as we look to roll out volleyball, pickleball and racquetball leagues. Just because summer is over doesn’t mean water fun doesn’t have to stop. Swimming is a life skill, great exercise and a challenging sport. Teaching children to be safe around water is not a luxury but a necessity. The YMCA swim program can help ensure they learn essential water safety skills, opening up a world of possibilities to safely satisfy their curiosity. We offer swimming lessons for all ages. Register for the next session starting the week of October 31.
Is your child a more experienced swimmer? The new Stingrays swim team season is starting soon. Kids interested in learning more about the swim team can try it out at our Stingrays clinic. This clinic is for new swim team members and potential Stingrays swim team members. Clinic swimmers will get a taste of what it’s like to be in team workouts and enjoy the camaraderie of being part of a swim team. Participants must be able to swim 25 meters unaided with rotary breathing. All participants: please bring a bathing suit, goggles and a towel. This clinic is free and open to the public the week of September 19 (Monday to Thursday) from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The YMCA’s Before and After School Program offers children from kindergarten through grade six a fun, game-filled program in a safe environment. Activities include homework time, snack time, crafts, projects, gym games and small group activities. The program is licensed by the State of New York. Our programs are held at Seward, Owasco, Herman, Casey Park, Weedsport, and Moravia elementary schools, as well as the Auburn YMCA-WEIU. We will also provide care at the Y when school is not in session.
The FIRST (Fighting Insulin Resistance with Strength Training) program is an eight-week, small-group exercise program led by a certified personal trainer. This program is designed to help fight the development of type 2 diabetes. There will be nutrition workshops with a registered dietitian and a presentation by Dr. Shang, author and developer of the FIRST program. The session begins on October 17.
At the YMCA, we strive to develop programs and courses that provide the best possible experience. Our programs provide a healthy, values-based atmosphere for all family members. For more information on any of our programs, please visit our website at auburnymca.org.
Amy Wallner is Executive Director of the YMCA-WEIU Auburn Branch, 27 William St., Auburn. For more information, visit auburnymca.org or call (315) 253-5304.