Typically, each Neighborhood Center serves students (grades K–12) and their families year-round. By connecting young people and their families with community partners and whole-person resources, the YMCA helps create a pathway to breaking the cycle of poverty.
Each Neighborhood Center connects formal public institutions, young people, and their families through programs designed to break generational cycles of poverty, working with young people and their parents and guardians. We do this by focusing on supporting and providing for critical needs, education, postsecondary and employment pathways, health and wellbeing, civic engagement, social capital, and economic assets.
Our teams at the YMCA Neighborhood Centers also support youth and families by providing access to healthy foods, sharing educational resources and enrichment activities, and assisting with other necessities – including technology access and job support.
The following elements comprise common elements of this program design:
Before, during, and after school support for grades K–6 during the school year, along with unique experiential opportunities like YMCA summer camp.
Career pathways, leadership development, life skills, and civic engagement for grades 6–12
Adult and community programs, such as ESL (English as a Second Language), Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE), and others
Basic needs – Includes free meals, free water safety classes, resource support, and more.