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harlem YMCA 180 West 135th Street New York, NY 10030 212.912.2100


Nurturing the potential of every child and teen We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. That’s why, through the YMCA, millions of youth today are cultivating the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement.

FOR Improving our community’s health and well-being HEALTHY In neighborhoods across the five boroughs, the YMCA is a leading voice on health LIVING and well-being. The Y brings families closer together, encourages good health and

fosters connections through fitness, sports, fun and shared interests. As a result, nearly 400,000 youth, adults and families are receiving the support, guidance and resources needed to achieve greater health and well-being for their spirit, mind and body.


Giving back and providing support to our neighbors

The YMCA has been listening and responding to New York City’s most critical social needs for 160 years. Whether developing skills or emotional well-being through education and training, welcoming and connecting diverse demographic populations through global services, or preventing chronic disease and building healthier communities through collaborations with policymakers, the Y fosters the care and respect all people need and deserve.

We’re Here for Good. It’s been the signature phrase of New York City’s YMCA since early 2008, and it describes the Y’s commitment to building the foundations of—and strengthening—our communities, through nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving community health and well-being and providing opportunities to give back and support neighbors. We’re here for you and your family. We’re here for the community. We’re here for good.

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GET ENGAGED We know firsthand how difficult it can be to find balance in life. That’s why we’re here with you every day, making sure that you, your family and our community have the resources and support needed to learn, grow and thrive. With a focus on developing the potential of kids, improving health and well-being, and giving back and supporting our neighbors, your participation will not just bring about meaningful change in yourself, but in your community too. Here are some of the ways you can get involved. Membership

Job Opportunities

Join the HARLEM YMCA and become part of a community committed to helping you and your kids learn, grow and thrive. Y members receive full access to the facility’s Fitness Center, Pool, Gym and Locker Rooms; priority registration for classes and programs; discounts on classes and programs with a fee; and six guest passes each year to share with friends.

Visit for open positions in our staff family at the YMCA or at one of more than 100 sites throughout the five boroughs and at our New York YMCA Camp upstate.

The option for a City-wide membership allows you to use any of the other YMCAs in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island – each of which offers quality facilities, programs and a swimming pool.

Child Watch Do you need someone to look after your child (ages 6 months - 7 years) while you work out? We are here for you! You may bring your child (for up to 2 hours per day) to the YMCA Child Watch Program; Kids will enjoy creative play in a fun, safe environment with responsible YMCA staff. This is a free benefit with a Family Membership. There is a $6 daily program fee for all other members. Please register with our Child Watch Staff.

Fees Membership Types



Joiner’s Fee

Youth (up to 11)*




Teen (12 - 17)








Adult (18 - 64)




Senior (65+)




Family I***




Family II (2 Adults & kids)****




*Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult when using the facility **Any age, full time, 12+ credits, must bring copy of transcript ***1 Adult and kids under 18 years, living in the same household

Monday - Friday Saturday & Sunday

10:00 am - 1:00 pm 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

****2 Adults and kids under 18 years, living in the same household

Volunteer Opportunities When you volunteer at the Y, you take an active role in bringing about meaningful, enduring change right in your own neighborhood. As a program committee volunteer, board member or Annual Campaign fundraiser, you can make a difference in our Y and the community as a whole.

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You may know the Y for our pools, classes, gyms, basketball courts or summer camps, but in New York City the Y is so much more. We also offer transformative programs in teen leadership, afterschool learning, work readiness, cultural assimilation and international exchange for young New Yorkers. All of it free or at low cost for those who need it most. That’s where you come in. Help us make the city stronger as we reach people of all ages and all backgrounds in every borough. When you volunteer or give, you’re building a stronger New York City.

With your help we can do so much more.

The Y. So Much More

Please give today.

HARLEM Y information staff Listing VP of Operations & Executive Director Tiffeny Forrest 212-912-2113, Senior Program Director - Latoya Jackson 212-912-2162, Membership & Healthy Lifestyles Director Bill Kanas 212-912-2112, Youth & Family Director - Caroline Sanchez 212-912-2167, Aquatics Director - Michael Johnson 212-912-2116, Membership & Guest Room Services Coordinator - Richard Buckley 212-912-2104,

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Winter/Spring 2014 session & Registration Dates


Hours of Operation Monday - Friday: Saturday : Sunday:

5:30 am - 11:00 pm 6:00 am - 8:00 pm 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Pool Hours Monday - Friday: Saturday : Sunday:

6:00 am - 10:30 pm 6:30 am - 7:30 pm 8:30 am - 7:30 pm

Holiday Hours New Years Eve Tuesday, December 31 7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Session 1 Registration Dates Members: Sunday, December 15 Community: Sunday, December 22 Session 1 Dates January 2 - February 23 Session 2 Registration Dates Members: Sunday, February 9 Community: Sunday, February 16 Session 2 Dates February 24 - April 27

New Years Day Wednesday, January 1

7:00 am - 8:00 pm

Session 3 Registration Dates Members: Sunday, April 13 Community: Sunday, April 20

Transitional Housing Director - James Haynes 212-912-2120,

Memorial Day Monday, May 26

7:00 am - 8:00 pm

Session 3 Dates April 28 - June 22

Senior Business Manager - Balan Iyer 212-912-2105,

Independence Day Friday, July 4

7:00 am - 8:00 pm

Session BREAK June 23 - June 29

Literacy Zone & Guest Room Director Thalia Ma 212-912-2163,

Labor Day Monday, September 1

7:00 am - 8:00 pm

Session 4 Registration Dates Members: Sunday, June 15 Community: Sunday, June 22

Personal Training Coordinator - DontĂŠ Jones 212-912-2115, Executive Assistant/Black Achievers in Industry Coordinator - Gigi Davis-Booth 212-912-2113, Youth & Family Program Assistant - Sonia Allen 212-912-2169,

(On these holidays, there will be no group exercise, youth program, or aquatic classes. )

community outreach center OASAS Afterschool Program & New Americans Welcome Center 212-690-4024

Session 4 Dates June 30 - August 24 REGISTER ONLINE! Group exercise, youth programs and aquatics classes are scheduled in 8 week sessions. To better service you, members can register 2 weeks in advance at the member service desk or online. Payment is due at time of registration.

Property Manager - Kevin Brunson 212-912-2134,

Contact Us Phone: (212) 912-2100 | Email: | Web:

Wellness Programs.............................. 8-11 Family Programs.................................16-18 Youth and Teen Programs................20-28 Membership Information..................30-31 Locations................................................... 35 HARLEM YMCA Winter/Spring 2014 | 5




Men’s Locker Room, Gymnasium, Free Weight Room, Heavy/Speed Bag


Women’s Locker Room, Swimming Pool, Healthy Lifestyles Room, Aerobics Studio


Member Services Desk, Hotel Services Desk, Security Desk, Child Watch, Kids Gym, Studio II, Café, Board Room


Restrooms, Spin Studio, Little Theater, Kids Corner, Art Room, Lounge, Computer Lab

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Joining the Cause

become a part of the history of the harlem ymca and start on the path to improved fitness and health!


harlem y facility amenities

The YMCA of Greater New York is a community service organization that promotes positive values through programs that build spirit, mind and body, welcoming all people with a focus on youth.

The Harlem Y provides members with a full-service fitness center — but without the binding annual contract.

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• Healthy Lifestyles Center: - Cardio equipment with plasma screens and I-pod hook ups - Circuit Training Equipment • Free Weight Room • Basketball Gymnasium with Boxing Area • Indoor Pool with lap and recreational swim • Sauna and Steam Room • Computer Lab and Lounge • Towel Service • Free childcare for 2 hours per day in kid’s gym • Special events and offerings all year long

The Harlem Y has something for everyone —from infants to older adults. We provide programs and activities for the entire family. The Harlem Y offers health and wellness, aquatics, and dance programs, as well as top-notch exercise and weight training equipment, saunas, and steam-rooms. We have developed outstanding programs in a fun, safe and caring environment. Our youth activities, for kids and teens ages 3-17, include afterschool, arts & crafts, sports, health, leadership, and summer camp programs. We also have an excellent aquatics program for infants - 17 years of age. In addition to our many services, we provide Kids Space and Kids Gym for children with Memberships or Family Memberships. It provides a safe place for young children to play or read books while parents are working out in the facility. The program has knowledgeable and caring on-duty supervisors, and the convenient service is available for up to 2-full hours per visit. Call our Membership Desk, and ask about the program schedule. Along with good nutrition and eating habits, the benefits of exercise are unlimited. A regular routine of physical activity has been attributed to lowering the incidences of heart attacks, and strokes caused by hypertension. And it is an excellent means of weight-control, and building bone strength for everyone—kids to older adults. And for your convenience, all of our programs are in 8-week sessions.

Our facility amenities include:

Policy of Non-Discrimination YMCA membership is available to all persons regardless of race, religion, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or financial circumstances. The YMCA welcomes families and persons of all ages, income levels, and physical conditions with an emphasis on responsibility and self-improvement.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE Applications for financial assistance should be submitted to the member services desk with a copy of the most recent 1040 tax form. Applications require 2 weeks to be processed and award recipients will be notified by e-mail.

Membership Guarantee Membership in the YMCA is fully guaranteed. Members who are not completely satisfied with their YMCA membership are entitled to a refund of any unused portion of their membership. Note: Initiation fees are non-refundable. HARLEM YMCA Winter/Spring 2014 | 7

Discovering Wellness

Adult/OLDER ADULT Wellness Programs How do you define wellness? Whatever your goals, the Y is ready to support you on your journey toward improved health. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE STARTING AN EXERCISE PROGRAM.

Group Exercise All Adult Exercise Classes are FREE for YMCA Members ages 16 and up. (12 and up with parent or legal guardian) Schedules are available online and at the Member Service Desk. In person pre-registration is necessary for all Spinning and Aqua Group Exercise classes on a daily basis. Pre-registration is a member privilege, but when the class is scheduled to begin any available spots will be on a first come first serve basis to facility guests Drop-In Rate

1 Class








*Fees are for 1 Class per week. Class must be the same day and time for 8 week session

Step - This class integrates the needs of all levels by introducing new , more challenging types of choreography on the step bench, with an emphasis on proper step form. Tabata - This high-intensity training is fun, blasts calories, and moves so quickly it’s hard to get bored. You perform an exercise at maximal intensity for 20 seconds, followed by 10 seconds of rest. Zumba® - Zumba is a fusion of Latin and International music, utilizing dance themes that create a dynamic, exciting, effective fitness program. The routines feature aerobic interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body.



Boot Camp - An efficient circuit training workout that challenges your entire body, utilizing calisthenics such as pushups, jumping jacks, crunches and other body weight exercises.

Afya Afro Jazz is an exciting and energetic mix of African, Jazz, and Modern Dance.

Circuit Training - Full body workout with emphasis on individual muscle groups throughout the class.

IntenSati is a revolutionary high-energy cardio workout that combined aerobics, martial arts and endurance principles with positive affirmations. The result is an unprecedented practice which is empowering physically and mentally.


Spinning® - A great cardio workout of simulated road bike riding to energizing music, appropriate for all fitness levels. You can adjust your workout to match your personal level. The instructors will lead you on a ride designed to improve your fitness on a variety of levels.

Body Sculpt - This class focuses on strengthening and fine–tuning all major muscle groups using free weights. Kettle Bells - Functional, compound exercises work multiple muscle groups simultaneously, developing strength and muscular endurance and efficient caloric expenditure. With a focus on integrating breathing, movement and alignment with your ability to control balance and weight. Power Sculpt - This class focuses on strengthening and fine–tuning all major muscle groups using free weights.

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Total Body – A full body workout designed to strengthen and tone the upper and lower body using hand-held weights.

FLEXIBILITY / BALANCE / CORE Ballet Stretch - Stretching is an essential component of fitness that is often neglected or left out in preference for developing other areas of fitness. This class uses a variety of stretching methods to gradually increase muscle strength and extend the range of movement at the joints. This may help prevent injury and improve performance of health and sports related activities.

SilverSneakers® - Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase range of movement, muscular strength, and activity for daily living skills. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a ball are offered for resistance; and a chair is used for seated and/or standing support.

adult aquatics classes


The pool is located on the second level of the Harlem YMCA. Certified lifeguards are on duty at all times when the pool is open. Schedules are available online and at the Member Service Desk. Proper swim attire and swim caps must be worn at all times. Swim caps are not provided, but are available for purchase and must be worn at all times in the pool. There is a 10 minute grace period to enter all Aquatic classes. Aqua classes are only available to members.

Advance Yoga – A challenging, Vinyasa flow course, recommended for those who are prepared to explore advance variacions of inversion, jumpbacks, backbends, binds and more.

Aqua Aerobics - Low to high-impact aerobics classes held in the shallow and deep end of the pool. These classes utilize the resistance and buoyancy of the water to tone the muscles while protecting the joints. Great for all ages!

Core Training - This class focuses on abdominal, back and core muscle training and stabilization to improve the body’s overall functional strength.

Beginner Yoga – This class will help you learn basic yoga poses and proper breathing techniques. Mat Pilates - Take your body to the mat. This class combines proper body awareness and alignment, good posture and easy graceful movements to increase Core strength, flexibility and total body awareness. Power Yoga – A challenging mind-body workout that involves cardiovascular conditioning, strength, flexibility, balance and relaxation. Power Yoga is taught in a flow format, linking the breath with a variety of poses. Sunrise Yoga – Start your day with this inspiring mind/body workout. Flowing, classic yoga poses, breath work, and an active meditation will leave you ready to start your day. Vinyasa Yoga – Breath synchronized movement. Moving through the poses with the breath to create heat to allow deeper opening in the poses. Each class is a combination of Dharma, Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga intended to offer the student the opportunity to gain strength, flexibility and improve their yoga practice. Variations are given for all levels and all levels are welcome.

OLDER ADULTS Moving For Better Balance – This is an evidence-based fall prevention program for older adults. The program consists of a core 8-form routine and a subroutine of eight integrated therapeutic movements, which, collectively, involve a set of simple, continuous, rhythmic and functional Tai Chi-based actions.

Aqua Insanity – An intense power punch water experience for those looking for the next level of aerobics. Using water resistance and various drills to build up endurance, muscle, and increase stamina. This class is an ADVANCED aerobics course. Aqua Zumba – Splash your way into shape with an invigorating low-impact aquatic exercise. Integrating the Zumba philosophy with traditional aquatic fitness disciplines, Aqua Zumba® blends it all together into workout that’s cardio-conditioning, body-toning, and most of all, exhilarating beyond belief. Deep Aqua Impact – This full pool workout will improve your cardio, flexibility and strength with the added resistance of water. Adult Beginner / Intermediate Fear No More Beginner Class This class is designed to teach basic swimming techniques such as the front crawl, starting with the flutter kick and progressing to the arm stroke and rhythmic breathing. Deep water skills are also introduced. No previous swimming experienced required. Intermediate Some experience required. Participants are NOT afraid of water. Class focuses on front crawl, rotary breathing, and treading water. Fee: Members $121 Community $200

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Private & Semi-Private Swim Private swim lessons offer more individualized attention and more specific skill development. Working with an instructor one-on-one can help you prepare for a special event or give you a more comfortable and confidant feeling as you learn.


Students are assigned an instructor and scheduled after registering. Session may be held when other aquatic programs are in progress.

Dance Class Fees

Private Lessons

















Semi Private Lessons*

*Semi Private lessons are based on a per person rate and can include up to 3 participants. *Persons must bring their own partner(s) to register for semi privates. Schedule: By appointment only. We require a 24-hour cancellation notice, or you will be billed for the session. Private/Semi Private lessons are valid for three months from the date of purchase. Any unused lessons will be void at that time.

Belly Dance - A dance movement class that focuses on the core muscles, emphasizing muscular isolations. Dance to Middle Eastern rhythms while learning traditional movements and combinations.

Drop-In Rate

1 Class








*Fees are for 1 Class per week. Class must be the same day and time for 8 week session.

martial arts classes Challenge Karate - Take this class to experience a beautiful blend of Spirit Karate and Shotokan styles. Taught by Master Tony Johnson. Spirit Karate - Spirit Karate teaches a unique integrated training of the body, mind, and spirit, emphasizing the true essence of karate-do. This class is fit for beginners as well as seasoned karate participants. Martial Arts Class Fees Drop-In Rate

1 Class








*Fees are for 1 Class per week. Class must be the same day and time for 8 week session.

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FITNESS FOR ADULTS Y Personal Fitness Program If you’ve been thinking about exercising but don’t know where to begin, the Y Personal Fitness Program is for you. It’s designed for those new to exercising or those who haven’t exercised for some time and want instruction, support, and motivation. The Y Personal Fitness Program will help you develop and maintain a physically active lifestyle to meet your own personal needs and goals. The 12-week program includes four sessions with a Y Personal Fitness Coach. Please sign up for Y Personal Fitness at our Membership Desk. This program is FREE for all YMCA members.

Fitness Orientation New to the Y? We offer a complimentary fitness orientation with one of our staff for all new members as an introduction to our cardiovascular and strength training equipment. Appointments can be scheduled at the Member Services Desk.

Private Yoga / Pilates We are here for you and want to help you be successful. Whether you’re an avid class participant looking to improve your posses, or just looking for some personalized help with your overall flexibility and core strength private lessons are just what you need.

Personal Training Looking for a new challenge or need some additional motivation? A certified YMCA Personal Trainer can be just what you need. Our trainers will evaluate your health history and lifestyle to design a program that will specifically meet your needs and help you achieve your goals.

Personal Training / Private Yoga & Pilates # Sessions

30 min.








$57 $155 $248 $474 $925



$77 $216 $350 $680 $1340

Small Group Personal Training All the benefits of personal training with the company of a friend, family or small group . With YMCA Private Group Training you will work 1 on 2 with a Certified Personal Trainer. (prices are per person) Limited to 4 clients MAX per session. # Sessions







$41 $118 $185 $355 $675


$56 $165 $258 $500 $950

HEALTH & WELL BEING YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program You can take control and we want to help. If you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, the YMCA’S diabetes prevention program can help you adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles that will help you reduce your chances of developing diabetes. Participants in the YMCA’S diabetes prevention program meet in a classroom setting as a group with a trained ymca lifestyle coach for 16 core sessions to learn and practice lifestyle skills. During the sessions they learn how to make healthier food choices, how to incorporate more physical activity into their daily routine and how to manage a healthy weight. After the initial 16 core sessions, participants meet monthly for added support to help them maintain their progress.

Personal Training / Private Yoga & Pilates Session Cancellations & Polices Training sessions last 30 or 60 minutes in length. A client may cancel directly with the trainer without penalty by giving 24 hours notice. If notice is not given within a 24-hour period, the client will be charged for the session. All sessions are valid for one year from date of purchase. Only YMCA training staff is permitted to conduct personal training sessions within the facility. For additional information or to set up an appointment, stop by the Membership Desk or contact Donte Jones, Personal Training Coordinator at 212-912-2115. All sessions must be purchased at the Membership Desk before the initial appointment.

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DARE TO ACHIEVE Literacy Zone & New Americans Family Welcome Centers The Harlem YMCA New Americans Welcome Center offer FREE classes for adults including: Adult Literacy, English as a Second Language (ESOL), Citizenship preparation, Computer Literacy & Job Readiness, and GED preparation. As a resource center, we are also available to connect you to other free services in the community to meet other needs such as legal services, job placement, and benefits enrollment. We now have Welcome Centers located at two different locations! (See addresses below)

Ciclo de Invierno: Registro 6 enero a 9 enero Clases: enero 13 a marzo 20, 2014 Ciclo de Primavera: Registro 24 marzo a 27 marzo Clases: 31 marzo a 19 junio, 2014 Ciclo de verano: Registro 23 junio hasta 26 junio Clases: junio 30 a septiembre 19 2014

Registration for classes takes place on the following dates (call for times and location):

Le Harlem YMCA New Americans Welcome Center propose des cours gratuits pour les adultes qui sont: l’alphabétisation des adultes, ESL essential, preparation pour la citoyenneté, Ordinateur/Compétences Professionnelles et préparation au GED. En tant que centre de ressources, nous sommes également disponibles pour vous connecter à d’autres services gratuits dans la communauté pour répondre aux vos autres besoins, comme les services juridiques, de placement des emplois, et l’inscription des prestations.

Winter Cycle: Registration January 6 - January 9 Classes January 13 – March 20, 2014

Nous avons maintenant Centres d’Accueil à deux endroits différents! (voir les adresses ci-dessous)

Spring Cycle: Registration March 24 - March 27 Classes March 31 – June 19, 2014

S’il vous plaît visitez notre site Web pour les horaires de cours actuels:

Please visit our website for current class schedules Walk-in referrals and information available Monday -Thursday from 2:00 - 5:00 pm or by appointment.

Summer Cycle: Registration June 23 - June 26 Classes June 30 – September 19, 2014

Aucun rendez-vous nécessaires lundi au jeudi de 14 heures - 17 heures pour plus d’informations. Cycle d’hiver: Inscription 6 Janvier - 9 Janvier Classes: 13 janvier-20 mars 2014

El Centro de Bienvenida para Nuevos Americanos en Harlem ofrece clases GRATIS para adultos que incluyen: Alfabetización para Adultos, Inglés como Segundo Idioma (ESOL), Ciudadanía, Aprendizaje de Computadora, Preparación para Trabajo y Preparación para el GED. Como un centro de recursos, también estamos disponibles a conectarles a los otros servicios gratis en la comunidad, como servicios jurídicos, búsqueda de empleo, e inscripción de beneficios. Ahora contamos con Centros de Bienvenida en dos lugares diferentes!! (ver direcciones abajo) Por favor, visite nuestro sitio web para los horarios de clase actuales Atendemos sin cita previa de lunes a jueves a las 14:00-17:00. Inscripción para las clases en las siguientes fechas (llame por horarios y locaciones):

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Cycle de printemps: Inscription 24 Mars - 27 Mars Classes: 31 mars au 19 juin 2014 Cycle d’été: Inscription 23 Juin - 26 Juin Classes: 30 juin au 19 sept, 2014

Visit Our Literacy Zone & New Americans Family Welcome Centers Harlem YMCA Branch 180 West 135th St (Between Lenox Ave. & Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.) (212) 912-2163 Harlem YMCA Outreach Center 2627 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (Northeast corner of 151st St. and 7th Ave.) (212) 690-4024

INVITE YOUR FRIENDS TO JOIN THE Y! Refer your friends to the YMCA and if they join, you’ll receive a Member Reward Card for free Y gear. VISIT the Member Service desk for a referral form and more information.

Check out all our new cool Y gear at

YMCA New Americans Welcome Centers Our multilingual resource and referral centers provide immigrant families with a wide array of instructional, vocational, recreational, family support, and social services including: • • • • • • •

English as a Second Language Cultural Orientation Citizenship Preparation Job Readiness Computer Literacy Adult Literacy GED Preparation

Registration/Pre-Testing & Class Schedule WINTER CYCLE: Registration: January 6 - 9 Classes January 13 - March 20 SPRING CYCLE: Registration: March 24 -27 Classes Mar. 31 - Jun. 19 SUMMER CYCLE: Registration: June 23-26 Classes Jun. 30 - Sept. 19

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Y Splash week APRIL 14 - APRIL 18, 2014

FREE PROGRAM created to help people of all

ages, especially children, to learn basic swimming skills and water safety practices.

More information available at the Member Service Desk


Everyone’s safety is important to us, especially children. We ask that all abide by our pool guidelines. 1. Street shoes are not allowed on the pool deck

8. Breath holding during any aquatics activity is not allowed as can lead to person blacking out

2. Everyone in the pool must wear a swim cap 3. Children 8 years old and younger must be within arm’s length of a parent/adult guardian when in the pool

9. Inflatable rings, balls, noodles or other large pool toys are not permitted 10. Instructional swim aids (kick boards/ barbells/ pull buoys/noodles) are only for class use

4. Children between the ages of 9 and 11 must have a parent/adult guardian viewing area at all times 11. All questions regarding the Aquatics policies/ procedures should be directed to the Aquatics Director 5. All non-swimmers must remain in the shallow area 6.

Any child wearing a flotation device must remain in the shallow area. Backpacks/ bubbles and life jackets are provided as a flotation device to non-swimmers

7. Infants and children who are not fully toilet trained must wear a swim diaper

Play Together Family/EARLY CHILDHOOD Programs The Harlem YMCA creates meaningful experiences for every member of your family. Enjoy lower rates on all youth programs and activities and access to free special events with a family membership. Family fun for everyone!

FAMILY Programs Family Nights – Each month, bring your family to the Harlem YMCA to play and have fun together. Enjoy various activities, such as family swim, basketball, and arts & crafts. Family nights will be held once a month (except July and August). Contact the membership desk for more information. Family Swim – Families come to swim and enjoy the pool safely while spending quality time together. Kids Night Out – Do you need a night out to go to dinner or even shopping, or do you just want to relax? Bring your children to the Harlem YMCA, where our trained staff will engage your youth in fun and creative activities. Family Yoga – This special yoga practice is designed for the entire family to increase strength, flexibility and family bonds by creating togetherness. (Ages 3+) Family Zumba – is a fusion of Latin and International music, utilizing dance themes that create a dynamic, exciting, effective fitness program. The routines are effective enough for the parents but fun enough for the kids. (Ages 6+)

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PARENT/CHILD PROGRAMS Rumble & Tumble (Ages 9 –24 months) This class develops motor skills and movement awareness, including stretching, aerobics, balancing, ball play and songs in a structured and nurturing environment. Children will develop their physical strength, flexibility and confidence. Class requires active parental or caregiver support. Members: FREE Community: $120

Rhythm & Movement (Ages 12–24 months) A structured class designed to stimulate coordination, listening skills, balance, musical interpretation, creative movement and motor development in our participants. Your children will enjoy their time moving along creatively to their hearts desire. Members: FREE Community: $120

Parent & Child Swim Harlem YMCA swim instructors teach pre-schoolers to be comfortable and safe both in and around the water. Children are assigned to classes according to their ability. Swim caps must be worn to enter the pool—and are not provided by the Harlem Y. Swim caps are available for purchase. All infants and toddlers ( under 3 years old) must be accompanied by a parent—and must wear a “swim diaper.” There is a 10 minute grace period to enter all Aquatic classes.

For more information about our aquatics program, please contact Michael Johnson at 212-912-2162 or

Early Childhood Programs Tumbling Tots (Ages 2 – 4 years) Toddlers will engage in friendly and non-competitive classes providing age appropiate activities including gymnastics apparatus skills, tumbling and group games. Professionally trained staff will ensure that children have fun while focusing on achievement at their own pace. Toddler’s will become more confident, more willing to take risks and will be challenged in creative new ways. Members: FREE Community: $120

Signing Time (Ages 9-24 months, 3 – 4 years) The Baby Signing Time and Signing Time classes focus on parent-child interactions. Parents learn how they can nurture their child’s language, cognitive and socialemotional development through three key areas of communication: talking, reading and signing. Each class will involve a variety of mediums that teach American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary. The combination of visual, auditory, and kinesthetic teaching results in an effective, multi-sensory approach to learning. Members: S75 Community: $120

Shrimp (Ages 6 –12 months) This is an introduction to the aquatic environment for parents and their infants. Parents are encouraged to develop appropriate expectations for their children’s performance in the water. They learn basic aquatic safety and have a positive experience with their children that can help them grow closer. Kipper (Ages 13 –18 months) This level continues to provide positive aquatic experiences for parents and infants. The infants learn basic water skills and have fun playing with toys and flotation devices. Parents review and learn more about basic aquatic safety. Inia (Ages 19 –36 months) Children do more independent exploration of the aquatic environment with help from parents. The parents again review and learn additional information about aquatic safety. The program provides opportunities for parent-child teams to socialize with each other. Swim Class Fees Members: $77 Community: $155

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Birthday Parties Book your birthday party with the Harlem YMCA and let one of our professional staff help you enjoy Gym & Swim! Parties are booked on Saturdays from 3:30 – 6:30 pm and Sundays from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. All birthday parties will be supervised/coordinated by Y staff. Birthday parties are for children ages 1 -12 yrs. of age. Our 3-hour party packages are designed for children ages 1- 12, to accommodate 20 - 25 guests (not including accompanying adults) and are scheduled on Saturdays from 3:30-6:30PM, and Sundays from 1PM-4PM only. (NOTE: During the months of July and August –Saturday parties will be from 4:30-7:30PM) You can access the party room 30 minutes prior to the scheduled party to set up/decorate. The YMCA will provide tables and chairs (round and/or rectangle tables which accommodate 6-8 seats per table) and a special T-Shirt for the birthday child! Depending on your specific party package, your party will generally begin with 30 minutes to one hour in the party room, then one hour in the gym or pool, followed by one hour or 90 minutes back in the party room – completing three hours of birthday fun! You have the option of adding an additional hour in the party room for an additional cost. What to expect when having your party at the YMCA... • Your favorite YMCA activity all to yourself. • An enthusiastic staff person to assist with your set-up and ensure that you have everything that you need. • A qualified staff person to lead games and activities that will keep all party-goers busy and happy for 45 minutes to 1 hour.  • NO hassles for you.  Let the YMCA do all the work. “Room Only” Party: $350 for Members / $400 for Community Three hours of non-stop fun in a designated party room, hosted by a YMCA staff person, who will provide face painting or jewelry making. The room will be set up with the agreed upon tables and chairs. You are expected to provide the cake, decorations and party supplies. Your YMCA host will assist you in ensuring a smooth, entertaining and worry-free party.

“Gym” Party: $400 for Members / $500 for Community Two hours of fun in a designated party room and one hour in our Kids Gym (for ages 7 and under), or our gymnasium (ages 8-12). Our Kids Gym is loaded with games and activities to be led by your YMCA host. Our gymnasium is a standard full-court basketball gym. Your staff host

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can orchestrate basketball teams/games and other sports activities during your gym time. NO FOOD OR BEVERAGES ALLOWED IN THE GYM. “Pool” Party: $400 for Members / $500 for Community Two hours of fun in a designated party room with a YMCA host and one hour of water activities in our pool with a designated Lifeguard in addition to your YMCA host. No more than 25 people may occupy the pool and deck. There must be one adult chaperone (age 18+) for every 4 children in the pool, and swim caps are a must for all. Your staff host will coordinate games and pool activities, supported by the chaperones. NO FOOD OR BEVERAGES ALLOWED IN THE POOL OR ON THE DECK. (additional pool rules are listed on the attached application). “Gym & Pool” Party: $550 for Members / $650 for Community An action packed, fun-filled three hours. Fifteen minutes after arrival – dart off to the gym for an hour of sports activities (late-comers can meet them in the gym), followed by one hour of pool time fun. Meet back at the room for 45 minutes of birthday festivities! Enjoy the same amenities mentioned in the Gym and Pool party categories. A $100.00 non-refundable deposit with a party agreement is required to reserve your space. All fees include up to 20 guests. To book your birthday party please contact Caroline Sanchez at 212.912.2167 or

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Growing strong

YOUTH AND TEEN PROGRAMS The Harlem YMCA provides after school, day and weekend programming for youths ages 3 to 18 years. We offer a host of programs that promote healthy spirit, mind and body through intellectual, social and recreational activities. The programming objective is to provide tools and resources that enhance children’s individual skills and talents as well as teach young people cultural diversity, and understanding of all people. The YMCA is a safe haven for all youth.

For children between the age of 3 and 12 years (see the front desk for complete schedule)


Members: Community:

$75 $120

Art Start

4-10 years This early art experience introduces young children to a variety of materials and basic art concepts, such as color, line, shape, and texture. Storytelling will be integrated with drawing and painting. This is a nurturing environment that will stress experimentation, creativity, and FUN! This course serves as an exciting introduction to the world of art and all its possibilities.


3-8 years Ballet is one of the world’s most graceful dance styles. Our classes teach the basic techniques of traditional ballet. We use a variety of music for our classes taking this style from classic to modern. This is a pre-ballet class that will teach the very basics of the dance while allowing creative movement from each dancer. It is an introductory class that will help to open the child’s eyes to the world of dance.

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Dance 8-12 years Designed for beginner and intermediate dancers, this high energy dance class will be comprised of hip hop, modern and creative dance. This class is great for participants who want to enjoy structured care free environment and improving their physical and mental wellness. A wonder way to reduce the stress levels of our youth. FREE!


Jr. Knicks Program

The YMCA’s Martial Arts Program combines fitness, self-defense, sport, meditation, discipline, character development and self-confidence.

7-17 years The Harlem YMCA Jr. Knicks Program is a non-competitive basketball league with a strong instructional base for boys and girls in the Harlem Community. The program aims to build confidence in youth that will enhance their selfesteem. Good sportsmanship, teamwork, and fair play are themes which all of our practices and games are conducted. The Program is sponsored by the New York Knicks Professional Basketball Team and is presented by Sprite and Foot Locker. The Jr. Knicks program is an 8 to 10 week program which runs from January – March.

Karate Youth Beginner, Intermediate, & Advanced 3-5 years, 6-8 years & 9-12 years Participants will develop balance, coordination, self confidence and discipline through this martial art form. Classes focus on the development of the youth’s positive attitude, behavior and character through building self-esteem and self-discipline while instilling respect for themselves and others. 1 x week Members: Community: 2 x week Members:  Community:

$75 $120 $105 $155

Registration begins December 9th, 2013 Program Fee: $35.00 Program Start Date January 24 for 11-17 years January 25 for 7-10 years

Soccer Foundations YOUTH SPORTS CLASSES & CLINICS Kick, Catch, & Throw 5-8 years A fun introductory sports class for both boys and girls. Through a range of developmentally appropriate activities, children are introduced to some of the fundamentals of basketball, t-ball, indoor soccer and most importantly, team work. FREE!

Basketball Foundations 3-5 years, 6-8 years, 9-12 years Our Youth instructional basketball classes will help participants develop their skills in an environment that encourages peer support and positive reinforcement. The basketball foundation class will include lessons in dribbling, shooting, passing and the defensive and offensive rules of the game. This is a great place for your child to meet new friends and build their basketball skills. 1 x week Members: Community: 2 x week Members:  Community:

3-5 years, 6-8 years A popular sport for young children, soccer involves running and kicking, as well as eye and foot coordination. It holds a young child’s interest and provides lots of fun while improving coordination.

Class Fees: Members:


$75 $120

Quick Start Tennis 4-5 years, 6-10 years This is a great introduction to the sport of tennis. All skills and techniques will be taught from the game base approach which include the PAS techniques. So come participate in this exciting sport at the Harlem YMCA. 1 x week Members: Community: 2 x week Members:  Community:

$75 $120 $105 $155

$75 $120 $105 $155

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Y Afterschool When children enter the Y Afterschool program, a whole other world of imagination and growth opens up to them. In addition to supplementing what they have learned in school, they participate in interactive learning models that engage critical thinking skills, get assistance with their homework from trained YMCA staff, have a chance to socialize with each other, and form long-lasting friendships that enhance their development, growth and self-confidence. Our curriculum is based on program models that focuses on learning enhancement, health and recreation, and building competence and confidence in children. The program runs every regular school day, directly after dismissal, in a supervised and structured environment, providing a safe after school alternative for children. The staff-to-student ratio is 1:10 and the site capacity can range from 75 to as many as 150 children. Y Afterschool is offered at low or no cost to parents, thanks to generous support from the NYC Department of Education, NYC Department of Youth & Community Development, and federal grants through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers, The Afterschool Corporation, leading corporations, foundations, individual donors and our Annual Campaign. Y Afterschool programs are offered at more than 140 sites throughout the city, most of which are New York City public elementary and middle schools, serving more than 15,000 girls and boys each year.

OASAS Afterschool Program Ages: 5-17 The Harlem YMCA Prevention Education Afterschool Program provides workshops, discussion groups, sports activities and positive healthy alternative options for youth and teens in our community. These activities promote alcohol free and drug free lifestyles. We service the youth (5–12) in an after school setting on Monday through Friday, 3pm – 6pm and our teens (13-17) in our teen center. Participants must be referred and must have a completed medical form to be elegible for the program. For program information call Caroline Sanchez, 212-912-2167, or Or visit the following location: Harlem River Outreach Center 2627 7th Avenue, New York, NY 212-690-4024 Fee: FREE Program! YMCA membership is not required to participate.

Preschool youth & teen aquatics

To participate in the Y Afterschool program, your child must be enrolled in one of the schools listed below:

The pool is located on the second level of the Harlem YMCA. Certified lifeguards are on duty at all times when the pool is open. Schedules are available at the membership desk. Swim caps are not provided, but are available for purchase and must be worn at all times in the pool.

Y Afterschool Program Sites


PS 57: 212-860-5812 176 East 115th Street, NY, NY 10029 PS 96: 347-582-5054 216 East 120th Street, NY, NY 10032 PS 123: 212-690-5925 301 West 140th Street NY, NY 10030 PS 129: 212-690-5932 425 West 130th Street NY, NY 10027 Y Schools Program Site CS 200: 212-491-6636 2589 7th Avenue NY, NY 10039 or more information about how you can enroll your child in the Harlem YMCA Y Afterschool program, contact Caroline Sanchez, Youth & Family Director at 212-912-2167 or email at 22 | HARLEM YMCA Winter/Spring 2014

3-5 years At this level, children usually begin attending classes without their parents. This level helps children develop safe pool behavior, adjust to the water, and develop independent movement in the water. It is designed for new swimmers, teaching basic paddle stroke and kicking skills, pool safety, and comfort in holding their faces in the water while blowing bubbles and swimming. Pre-requisite: none

Eel 3-5 years This advanced beginner level reinforces Pike skills. It is for children who are comfortable in the water. They are taught to flutter kick, dive, float, and perform the progressive paddle stroke. Children can swim across the pool without assistance by the end of this level. Pre-requisite: Pike



3-5 years At this level children review previous skills, improve stroke skills, build endurance by swimming on their front and back, and learn to tread water and perform more progressive diving skills. Children can swim across the pool on their front and back without assistance by the end of this level. Pre-requisite: Eel

6-12 years Minnows must be able to swim front crawl with rotary breathing and tread water for 1 minute. They will need to be ready to swim 4-6 laps without stopping. Students are also introduced to breaststroke and scissor kick. Pre-requisite: Guppy

Starfish 3-5 years Children at this level review previously learned skills and refine their strokes, personal safety, rescue, and floating skills. They also learn underwater swimming skills. children can swim the length of the pool on their front and back at the end of this level. Pre-requisite: Ray Pre-school Swim Lesson Fees Members: $77 Community: $155

Polliwog 6-12 years Designed for the beginner swimmer. Students will become more comfortable with putting their faces in the water. They will also learn kicks, arm motions, floating and basic water-safety. Pre-requisite: none


Fish 6-12 years Swimmers must have a good front crawl, backstroke, elementary backstroke, and breaststroke and be ready to learn dolphin kick. They must be able to tread water for 3 minutes and swim 6-12 laps without stopping. Pre-requisite: Minnow

Flying Fish 6-12 years Swimmers must have excellent front crawl and backstroke. Students should demonstrate coordination in breaststroke and butterfly as well as be able to tread water for 6 minutes, perform a 200 yard I.M. and swim 15+ laps. They must be ready to polish strokes and turns. Pre-requisite: Fish Youth Swim Lesson Fees Members: $83 Community: $160

6-12 years Designed for intermediate beginner, this class is held in the deep water. Children need to be able to swim with their faces in the water and float comfortably on their backs. Students will be introduced to backstroke, sidestroke, and rotary breathing. The ability to tread water for one minute is required. Pre-requisite: Polliwog

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Swim for Life The YMCA of Greater New York in collaboration with the NYC Department of Education, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and Asphalt Green sponsor the “Swim for Life” program. The focus of “Swim For Life” is to teach second grade students basic aquatic skills to make them safer in and around the water. Achieving competency in and around water can result in a number of positive outcomes: •

Save children’s lives

Enhance their enjoyment of water activities

Provide a means to improve their overall fitness

Build self-awareness through the mastery of a life skill

We are targeting second grade students for participation in one of the three ten-week sessions given in a school year. The program operates during the school day and each child will receive weekly aquatic instruction. In order to encourage students to practice/ enjoy their newly developed skills during OST (Out of School Time), participants will receive an application for a “Strong Kid’s Card” which allows specific practice time at branches.

Private & Semi-Private Swim Private swim lessons offer more individualized attention and more specific skill development. Working with an instructor one-on-one can help you prepare for a special event or give you a more comfortable and confidant feeling as you learn. Students are assigned an instructor and scheduled after registering. Session may be held when other aquatic programs are in progress.

Private Lessons

















Semi Private Lessons*

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*Semi Private lessons are based on a per person rate and can include up to 3 participants. *Persons must bring their own partner(s) to register for semi privates. Schedule: Must be 3 years old or older. By appointment only. We require a 24-hours cancellation notice, or you will be billed for the session. Private/Semi Private lessons are valid for three months from the date of purchase. Any unused lessons will be void at that time. There is a 10 minute grace period to enter all Aquatic classes.

NEW Teen Fitness program. Register now!

Want Your Teens to Be More Active? Give them a challenge! The Y-MVP Eight-Week Fitness Challenge puts teens (ages 12 – 17) on a fitness path by engaging them in fun physical activities and teaching them skills to develop exercise routines that work for them. Y-MVP participants meet as a class for 60 minutes once a week, for eight weeks, during out-of-school hours, and are expected to complete an additional 60-minute “fitness mission” in between classes. The program is reinforced with: Game-like activities to keep participants active and engaged

Access to a fun web application to create personalized workout routines and track progress

A system of digital badges that sets a clear fitness pathway

Weekly rewards to incentivize engagement

A trained coach that provides guidance and individualized support

This training program will be offered FREE to the first 25 youth that sign up.

Registration is open! Sign up early. Availability is limited. For more information contact: william kanas

Y-MVP is an anti-obesity initiative of the YMCA of Greater New York. Exercise is key to prevent and fight diseases, and necessary to reduce high levels of obesity amongst New York City children. Tell a teen about the benefits of Y-MVP, help us spread the word and build a community of strong kids that values healthy living.

Teen Programs For young people ages 12-17 Today’s teens are tomorrow’s leaders. Y teen programs offer New York City young people a forum to be heard. Through civic engagement programs, health and fitness activities and special interest clubs, teens can connect with their peers while giving back to their community. At the Y, we work every day to help teens set and achieve their personal and educational goals. As a result, NYC teens gain confidence as they recognize the Y as a place where they belong and can feel comfortable exploring new interests and passions. Through our leadership and academic enrichment programs, the Y makes sure that every teen has an opportunity to envision and pursue a positive future, and to take an active role in strengthening his or her community. Teen Hours 3-8pm weekdays. Teens may use the facility after 8pm Monday to Friday and on weekends only with parental supervision.

Teen Membership Come out and show your skills on our basketball court, work out in our fitness center or just hang out with friends in our lounge. A fitness orientation must be completed by all teens before using the cardio area.

Leaders Club & Jr. Leaders Club You can meet many of tomorrow’s leaders today at the YMCA Leaders Club, a leadership incubation program that gives teens the opportunity to learn to become more effective in their interactions with others. Teens improve their individual leadership and social skills while also experiencing new ways to give back and grow as human beings. Teens meet on a weekly basis in small groups to develop and implement projects aimed at providing valuable service to their local community. Free

Teens Take the City Teens Take the City is a dynamic leadership development program that offers NYC teens the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and get involved in issues affecting them and their community. Teens engage in community mapping to figure out how to better their community, work in small groups to identify a law to address the issue, develop a policy proposal that is debated for other teens at City Hall, learn the history and function of NYC government, and meet and interview a NYC official. Once students have developed a policy proposal, they will implement their initiatives in their community through youth-lead service learning activities. Talk about social responsibility at its best! Free

Teen After School Program Every Teen Center is unique, but all run on weekday and weekend evenings and offer: recreation such as pool tables, ping pong, computer labs or video games; sports leagues and open gym for basketball, soccer and other sports; health and fitness activities, including access to free weights and fitness equipment; academic support such as tutoring and homework help; counseling like applying to college or looking for financial aid to pay for college; and service learning opportunities such as volunteering. Free

Global Teens Global Teens is an international exchange and service learning program which encourages teens to step outside the comfortable surroundings of their home country and embark on a deep, inspirational and impactful journey of personal growth and global exploration for teens ages 13 to 18. Teens are selected through an intensive application and interview process. Each travel group participates in overseas and NYC area service projects focused on a specific social issue, such as food injustice, environmental awareness, human rights, freedom of expression, HIV/ AIDS prevention, diabetes prevention and more. Through a year-long commitment, teens are able to positively and powerfully interact with the global community. For information about how you can become a Global Teen, contact John Cruz at or call 212-727-8800

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black achievers in industry program (bai) Black Achievers in Industry (bai) Corporate Scholarship & Internship Program In 1995, the Black Achievers in Industry (bai) initiative launched the Corporate Scholarship program to provide direct support to motivated New York City high school students in pursuit of a higher education. Thanks to our corporate partners, a goal has been established to award 50 plus scholarships at $2,500 each year. Eligibility All African-American New York City college bound high school seniors are eligible to apply for the bai Corporate Scholarship and previous scholarship recipients currently in their freshmen, sophmore, and junior year of college. Students with an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Business/Finance are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicant must submit: • Completed application • Two Essays • 2 Letters of Recommendation • Official Transcript • Photograph (No cell phone photos)

Recipients are selected based on a written essay, academic achievement and financial need. Applications will be available on November 20th, 2013 and are due no later than January 31st, 2014. Scholarship recipients will be recognized at the 2014 Black Achievers in Industry Awards Ceremony on March 20th, 2014 at the New York Marriot Hotel.

bai Internship Program The bai Corporate Internship Program offers our corporate scholarship recipients the opportunity to gain hands on work experience in their field of study or be exposed to a wide range of industries and career options. Once chosen to be in the internship program, interns are required to participate in a 1 week pre-internship orientation and 6 weeks of internship at work site. Internship opportunities are available in accounting, engineering, finance, human resources, information technology, marketing & communication. The 2014 internship applications will be available December 15th, 2013. For more information about our bai corporate scholarship program, please contact Latoya Jackson at 212-912-2162 or

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bai Mentoring Program

bai Black College Tour

High School Students

High School Students

The Mentor program connects motivated New York City teens with acknowledged successful professional adults to realize their full potential through a variety of academic and social resources and experiences. Mentors have been recognized as Black Achievers in Industry at the Harlem YMCA’s Annual Awards Ceremony, referred by a Black Achiever Alum, or recommended by their respective corporations to participate in this program. Mentors are linked with mentees based on mentee’s career goal and Mentor’s area of expertise, as well as their common hobbies/personal interests. Mentors and Mentees develop their own schedule of educational, social and recreational activities, based on their mutual schedules, and participate in a host of YMCA events during the school year that nurture a mentoring relationship. Mentors are encouraged to assist the YMCA in the efforts of conducting quality workshops and seminars, which focus on college readiness and career and personal development. Free

The bai Black College Tour is an annual trip that allows the Harlem YMCA to take 40 college bound high school juniors to visit a number of Historical Black Colleges & Universities. Each year the itinerary changes but some of the regular stops include: Howard, Spelman, Clark Atlanta, Morgan, North Carolina A&T and many more! Applications for the Black College Tour will be available December 2012.

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For information on teen programs, contact Sonia Allen at 212-912-2169 or

TAKE CONTROL YOU CAN REDUCE YOUR DIABETES RISK AND GAIN TOOLS FOR HEALTHY LIVING THROUGH THE YMCA’S DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM. If you are at high risk for type 2 diabetes, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can help you adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles that will help you reduce your chances of developing diabetes.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM In a classroom setting, a trained lifestyle coach will help facilitate a small group of participants in learning about healthier eating, physical activity and other behavior changes over the course of 16 one-hour sessions. After the initial 16 core sessions, participants meet monthly for added support to help them maintain their progress.


• Reduce body weight by 7% • Increase physical activity to 150 minutes per week

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? In order to qualify for the program, you must be at least 18 years old, overweight (BMI > 25)* and at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes or have been diagnosed with prediabetes† by a healthcare provider. *Asian individual(s) BMI > 22 †Individuals who have already been diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes do not qualify for this program.

For more information contact Judy Ouziel at 212-912-2524 or email

IT’S ABOUT THE WHOLE PERSON HEALTH & WELL-BEING FOR CANCER SURVIVORS The Y and LIVESTRONG joined together to create LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors achieve their holistic health goals. The researchbased program offers people affected by cancer a safe, supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person. Participants work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to achieve their goals, such as building muscle mass and strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; and improving confidence and self-esteem. In addition to physical benefits, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA focuses on the emotional well-being of survivors and their families by providing a supportive community where people impacted by cancer can connect during treatment and beyond.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Judy Ouziel at 212-912-2524 or email

MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION Membership Cards Membership Card The Harlem membership card must be presented and scanned in order to gain access into a YMCA facility. Program cards Program members will be issued a card granting them YMCA access for their program. This card must be presented and scanned for access into the YMCA facility and/or a specific program.

program credit refund policy

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• Programs are non-refundable

• The YMCA reserves the right to cancel any class due to lack of minimum enrollment. Under these circumstances, a full refund or credit will be issued upon request

• Credit will not be given for classes not attended

• There will be no make-up unless the YMCA cancels or postpones a class

• There will be no make-up for scheduled holidays, snow days or other weather conditions beyond our control

• If a participant requests a credit or refund for a medical reason, he or she must speak to the Director of that department and provide the necessary documentation. It is at the discretion of the Executive Director to approve or reject any application for credit or refund.


Camera Policy

The Harlem YMCA reserves the right to change programs (i.e. instructors, class type, days, fees, etc.). The YMCA reserves the right to cancel classes due to low enrollment. Every attempt will be made to reach those registered either by phone or e-mail to inform them of the cancellation. Cancelled classes will be issued a refund or credit. All credits are good for one year only and must be mentioned when applying to any service at the Harlem YMCA.

For the privacy and security of all—especially our kids and teens—we do not allow any photo or video recording without permission from the Executive Director.

Locker Rooms & Lockers •

At the YMCA, we expect staff, volunteers, members and guests to behave in accordance with our mission and values at all times, respecting the rights and dignity of others.

Membership Cancellation Cancellation of membership requires a fifteen (15) day written notice prior to the monthly draft date.

Membership Transfer Membership and program privileges are not transferable from one person to another. Membership may be transferred from one branch to another within NYC.

Membership HOLdS Members may put their membership on hold for 1 - 3 months during any calendar year. A monthly hold fee ($15) will be charged and all membership privileges will be suspended while your membership is on hold.

Payment Options & Information • Membership dues must be up-to-date in order to use facility. • Rates and schedules are subject to change. • Membership may be paid in full by cash, personal checks, MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover cards. • Monthly payments are payable by credit card or bank draft only (excluding Discover). There is no cash option for monthly payments. • If a check or an automatic bank draft is returned for insufficient funds a service fee of $15.00 will be added to the payment amount.

Lockers are available for daily use. Please bring your own lock to secure your belongings when using the facility Our family- friendly changing room and private restrooms are available for parents who wish to accompany their child over the age of five and of the opposite gender. (located on the 2nd and 3rd floor)

YMCA “AWAY” policy AWAY (Always Welcome at the YMCA) As a YMCA member, you have access to YMCAs across the country and around the world. You must present a valid YMCA ID to be eligible to use AWAY privileges. Harlem YMCA allows members from around the nation to use the facility up to 6 times per year at no cost.

FACILITy RENTALS Hold your next event, meeting or performance at the Harlem YMCA … Schedule a baby shower, graduation, anniversary or holiday party at the Harlem YMCA. You may bring food and non-alcoholic beverages, party favors and decorations. Don’t forget, in addition to meeting and workshop space, you can rent the Little Theatre for performances, screenings and book signings. Rental fees vary depending on the space you choose. And remember you don’t have to be a member of the Harlem YMCA to schedule an event or meeting here. For more information and reservations, please contact the membership office at 212-912-2100 or stop by and pick up a space rental request form.

Guest and Day Passes All YMCA members are given 6 complimentary day passes per year to help introduce the Y to friends and associates. As a privilege Y members are welcome to visit other YMCA locations within NYC 10 time per year at no charge. Community members can purchase a day pass at the membership desk. Photo I.D. required upon entrance. Adult Fee: $15/day Youth/Teen Fee: $8/day

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harlem ymca

guest rooms get more and pay less when you stay at the harlem ymca! Enjoy the full-service fitness center which includes swimming pool, steam room and sauna, and cardiovascular and strength training studios. Take advantage of free Wi-Fi and televisions in the tourist lounge, business center, daily housekeeping services and 24-hour security. For travelers who are on the go, we are conveniently located near four underground train lines (2/3, B/C) which run 24 hours a day. A 10 minute ride will take you to the most scenic and serene section of Central Park, and 10 minutes more will take you to the heart of Manhattan and hotspots like Times Square, Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center. Stay in the neighborhood and admire the historic architecture and rich cultural sites on a guided tour through Harlem, get a taste of soul by Top Chef Master, Marcus Samuelsson at Red Rooster, and polish off the night with some smooth jazz on Sugar Hill.

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Rooms are private singles and bunk bed doubles. Guests share common bathrooms which are conveniently located on each floor. * Free unlimited Wi-Fi (in tourist lounge and common areas on floors) * Clean linens & towels provided * No curfew or lockout * Each room is private with own lock & key * Each room has air-conditioning & refrigerator * 24 Hour security * Elevator building * Free Tourist Information and Maps Please Note: All guests must be 13 years of age or older. Visitors are not permitted on guest room floors after 11pm. Check-in after 2pm, Check-out by 11am. For current rates & special offers or to book your stay, contact or (212) 912-2100.

INTERNATIONAL SERVICES GROWING OUR FUTURE GLOBAL LEADERS The YMCA offers life-changing cultural exchange programs for young people globally. Working within the YMCA network – with our local, national and international partners – we bring people together through our various programs: Y Global Teens, Y Global Leaders, Y-to-Y Partnerships, UN Relations, and volunteer programs. Since 1911, our programs have been working to build global citizens by enhancing mutual understanding, fostering the exchange of ideas, and bringing people together for peace.

For more information contact

Dio Gica at 212-875-4336 or




FASTER. Just like YOU!

Take a look at our new website and get acquainted with our online registration! By logging on to our website you will be able to find all we offer by a click of a button.

Exercising Courtesy While you’re improving your life, help others grow strong too. We ask you to follow the Y Code of Conduct and exhibit the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility while you’re here. 1. Get oriented. Not sure how to use the equipment or what you should be doing? Orientations are free for all members! 2. Just ask. We’re here to help! 3. If there’s a problem with any of the equipment or the facility, please let a staff person know. If there’s an incident or accident, contact a uniformed staff person immediately.

5. Help us keep the Y clean. Wipe off equipment after each use. Return all equipment when finished with it. Take your personal items with you. Remove the plates from lifting bars when you’re done. Don’t bring food, open containers or coffee cups into the center.

6. Give others a turn. The equipment is here for everyone to use. Please respect the 30-minute time limit on cardio equipment if others are 4. Be safe. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear. waiting, and follow any posted sign-up (Open-toed shoes, over-restrictive or street clothes procedures. are not allowed.) Have a spotter help you with free 7. Storing your stuff. Daily lockers are reserved for weights. Warm up before and cool down after your personal items while you are in the Y. Items exercise. Make sure you’ve had enough to eat and may be left overnight only in rented lockers. Please drink before exercising to prevent dizziness or speak with a Member Service Representative for lightheadedness. If you are experiencing dizziness, more information on monthly locker rentals. pain or unusual discomfort at any time, stop the exercise and ask staff for help. 8. Youth are welcome after completing an orientation and submitting a signed parental consent form (ages 12-17). 9. Get personal. Personal trainers are available. Ask a staff person for more information. 10. Hang it up. For your safety and in consideration for others, please refrain from cell phone use while in the fitness facilities.

The YMCA of Greater New York is a community service organization which promotes positive values through programs that build spirit, mind and body, welcoming all people, with a focus on youth.

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Locations Manhattan Branches Chinatown YMCA 273 Bowery New York, NY 10002 212.912.2460

Brooklyn Branches Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA 1121 Bedford Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11216 718.789.1497

Queens Branches Cross Island YMCA 238-10 Hillside Avenue Bellerose, NY 11426 718.479.0505

Staten Island Branches Broadway YMCA 651 Broadway Staten Island, NY 10310 718.981.4933

Harlem YMCA 180 West 135th Street New York, NY 10030 212.912.2100

Coney Island YMCA 2980 West 29th Street Brooklyn, NY 11224 718-215-6900

Flushing YMCA 138-46 Northern Blvd. Flushing, NY 11354 718.961.6880

South Shore YMCA 3939 Richmond Avenue Staten Island, NY 10312 718.227.3200

McBurney YMCA 125 West 14th Street New York, NY 10011 212.912.2300

Dodge YMCA 225 Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11201 718.625.3136

Jamaica YMCA 89-25 Parsons Blvd. New York, NY 11423 718.739.6600

YMCA Counseling Service 3911 Richmond Avenue Staten Island, NY 10312 718.948.3232

Vanderbilt YMCA 224 East 47th Street New York, NY 10017 212.912.2500

Flatbush YMCA 1401 Flatbush Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11201 718.469.8100

Long Island City YMCA 32-23 Queens Blvd. Long Island City, NY 11101 718.392.7932

West Side YMCA 5 West 63rd Street New York, NY 10023 212.875.4100

Greenpoint YMCA 99 Meserole Avenue New York, NY 11222 718.389.3700

Ridgewood YMCA 69-02 64th Street Ridgewood, NY 11385 212.912.2180

North Brooklyn YMCA 570 Jamaica Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11208 718.277.1600

Rockaway YMCA Beach 73rd Street & Rockaway Beach Blvd Arverne, NY 11692

Bronx Branch Bronx YMCA 2 Castle Hill Avenue Bronx, NY 10473 718.792.9736

HUGUENOT, NY New York YMCA Camp Big Pond Road Huguenot, NY 12746 845.858.2200 Association Office 5 West 63rd Street New York, NY 10023 212.630.9600

Prospect Park YMCA 357 Ninth Street New York, NY 11215 718.768.7100 Park Slope Armory YMCA 361 15th Street Brooklyn, NY 11215 212.912.2580

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HARLEM YMCA 180 West 135th Street New York, NY 10030 (Between Lenox Ave. & Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.) P F E W

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