WE’RE HERE FOR COMMUNITY 2010 MISSION IMPACT RICHMOND CITY YMCA OF GREATER RICHMOND
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Three YMCAs in the City of Richmond provide the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow and thrive. The Y is and always will be dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. Our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Although our true community impact is immeasurable, here is a sampling of the lives we have touched throughout Richmond in 2010.
FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT Nurturing the potential of every child and teen Child Care: • Each day we operate 5 licensed school-age child care centers in the city of Richmond. Three are offsite after-school programs: Holton Elementary School, Fox Elementary School and Patrick Henry Charter School. On-site child care is provided at the North Richmond and Downtown YMCAs. Altogether, we served a combined total of 223 Richmond children in 2010. • We offer child care to working families regardless of ability to pay. One hundred twenty-nine children received financial assistance from the Y, totaling over $260,000.
Education Partnerships & Programs: • Students from Chimborazo Elementary School received homework assistance from volunteer tutors five days a week through the T-Club program at the Downtown Y. • High School students expanded their educational future in YMCA programs that offered college preparation. SAT prep classes were offered at the North Richmond Y for the first time in 2010. At the Downtown Y, the Black Achievers program for African American students in the city’s east end organized college tours throughout Virginia and the Washington D.C. area.
• Metro Teens, a special program offering leadership development to rising ninth graders, was offered at the Downtown Y. This program helps students engage in leadership and civic-mindedness immediately upon entering high school. Students participate in yearlong service-learning projects and summer internships.
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• Teens at NR participated in 4 Spoken Word workshops that helped students with their critical thinking skills and creative writing abilities. • Members of the YMCA at James Center III enjoyed art exhibits on loan from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. • Along with Volunteers from Virginia Commonwealth University, children from the North Richmond Y seeded the Flatiron Learning Garden with winter ryegrass and learned how it would benefit the soil. Camp: • The learning continued for youth and teens during the summer at 4 YMCA Day Camps in Richmond. We provided a fun, safe camp experience for 133 children. • To ensure all children have a chance to experience summer camp, we provided nearly $122,300 in financial assistance. Leadership Development: • We develop future leaders through several programs for teenagers. Twenty-eight students participated in YMCA Leaders’ Club programs in Richmond. They met at their branches each week to focus on volunteer work, physical fitness, academics and living the YMCA core values. These future leaders participated in the YMCA Blue Ridge Leaders School in June.
Youth Swim and Sports: • We saved lives by teaching 203 children to swim. Swimming was part of a healthy lifestyle for 43 children who participated in our intra-branch competitive YMCA Swim League. More than 75 children learned the joys of exercise and the value of teamwork through participation in our youth sports programs. A blastball league was started for 3-5 year-olds at the North Richmond Y, and students downtown played basketball and squash. We partnered with five Northside neighborhood churches and the Boys and Girls Club to host a 12-week basketball league for children.
FOR HEALTHY LIVING Improving the nations’ health and well-being Group Exercise: • We motivate, guide and support members in their quest for wellness. We offer over 115 instructor-led, aquatic and land group exercise classes per week in Richmond. • Exercise classes that cater to the mature adult were provided each day. Fighting Childhood Obesity: • Children develop healthy lifestyle habits and learn the joy of exercise in our child care programs, where they play games or team sports for 30 minutes each day. • We partnered with Kids Café to provide healthy dinners to 35 teens during the school year. Adult Team Sports: • We reached out to non-Y members by offering the YMCA 10k Training Team in partnership with Metropolitan Richmond Sports Backers. We supported 651 community members in their goal to complete the 12 weeks of training and participate in the Ukrops Monument Avenue 10k. Group Interests: • The Y provides a place for active older adults to socialize and exercise and also a means to explore the area. Many participated in our Silver Sneakers® exercise classes for older adults or our water aerobics classes, which improve flexibility and strength.
• The North Richmond Y offered a safe and comfortable environment for John Marshall High School students with special needs who participated in exercise and recreational activities at the Y. • Teens participated in workshops led by University of Richmond law students, where they discussed pertinent legal topics such as Internet usage, media laws, recording laws and juvenile rights. Each session concluded with a mock trial. Family Time: • The Seeds of Literacy family literacy program at the North Richmond Y provided valuable teaching-skills to parents of young readers and encouraged families to take advantage of hands-on learning opportunities at home such as cooking dinner or writing a poem. In 2010 more than 35 adults and 30 children participated in this program
FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY Giving back and providing support to our neighbors YMCA Bright Beginnings: • We want children to start school with a feeling of confidence and everything necessary for academic success. YMCA Bright Beginnings helps children from low-income families arrive on their first day of school with new clothes and shoes, a new backpack filled with supplies, and a readiness to learn. Thanks to community donations of $32,760, YMCA Bright Beginnings served 294 children. • YMCA Bright Beginnings program received the support of 386 volunteers who shopped with children. • Backpacks remaining after the YMCA Bright Beginnings trips were donated to local churches, elementary schools and siblings of YMCA Bright Beginnings participants. Financial Support: • We believe everyone should have the opportunity to experience the Y. In 2010, the Y provided over $825,000 in memberships through our Open to All and Income-Based Rate Scale financial assistance programs. Community Health: • YMCA Learn to Swim is a community outreach program that enables us to teach swim lessons and water safety to second grade children enrolled in public schools. We taught lessons to 978 second-grade students from 13 Richmond City elementary schools. • We provide 16 hours of respite care per month to any family with a spouse in the armed forces deployed overseas. • We provided free pool and wellness center access to the John Marshall High School football, track and girls’ basketball teams during the summer for pre-season cross training. • LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a 12-week wellness program for cancer survivors. In 2010 we served 8 survivors, allowing them to come to the Y free of charge and regain their strength and confidence. • The Downtown Y employed one staff member at the Peter Paul Development Center who provided structured programs and activities for at-risk youth ages 8-18 in the Church Hill neighborhood.
Global Education: • All of our child care participants learned cultural acceptance and embraced diversity through planned international studies. Students discovered the world through hands-on activities and lessons. Places explored include: Germany, Egypt, Australia, China, Ireland, Russia, Mexico and the United States. An International Festival was held during the December holidays where the students experienced art projects, games and food from countries around the world. Community Organizing: Employment Training: • Teens from the North Richmond Y participated in the Northside Partnership for Older Youth, where they benefitted from educational, leadership and job readiness opportunities. • Through a partnership with the VCU School of Social Work, six interns contributed to the North Richmond Y’s Women’s Re-entry program, pre school, after-school care and with teens. • The Richmond Times Dispatch recently listed the Y as one of the top 50 area employers in Richmond. We employed 293 people in the city of Richmond in 2010.
OUR MISSION To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
DOWNTOWN YMCA 2 West Franklin Street Richmond 23220 P 804.644.9622
JAMES CENTER YMCA Three James Center 1051 E. Cary Street Suite 300 Richmond 23219 P 804.200.6070
NORTH RICHMOND YMCA COMMUNITY CENTER 4207 Old Brook Road Richmond 23227 P 804.329.9622
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YMCA of Greater Richmond 2 West Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23220 P 804.649.9622 F 804.788.0626 www.ymcarichmond.org