Welcome to YMCA Summer Program! At the YMCA, kids have fun while they learn how to make new friends, build new skills and grow in self-reliance. Studies show that under the careful guidance of trained, certified counselors, children cultivate a positive identity and develop and refine social, physical and critical thinking skills. Equally important is the infusion of positive values such as caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. The concepts of independence and discovery come into play every day at the YMCA!
Early registration is available for returning participants and children currently in our after school February 15th, 2017. General registration will begin on March 1st, 2017. Space is limited and registration ends when each site reaches maximum capacity. To register: complete the registration form and bring it to the Horn Family YMCA or the McLeod Family YMCA.
Current Sites: (check back as more sites may be added)
Jefferson, Grant, and Wilson Middle Schools
Summer Program runs from Tuesday, May 30th to Friday, August 4th, 2017. Not all sites are available all weeks. Summer Program is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 am-6:00 pm.
Children ages 11-14 years are eligible to attend Day Program. Children entering program must be 11 years of age by May 15th, 2017.
For more information contact Chris Glenn at 505-265-6971 or Lisa Guida, Director of Teen & Special Programs, email@example.com
The Y is looking for teens to join us for “The Summer of Independence” and help create the YABQ Teens Blog Spot while exploring weekly themes that encourage growth and adventure. The themes below are the focus for the weekly programs. Games, arts & crafts, STEM activities, literacy, sports and fitness, music, special guests, and field trips are all designed to support the weekly theme. Curriculum is also centered on YMCA core values: honesty, respect, caring or responsibility.
SUMMER PROGRAM WEEKLY THEMES
Week 1: May 30th – June 2nd “Blog It Up”
We will work together to create a Blog that we will use as a platform to share our Summer of Independence Adventures and help other area teens find ways to keep active and have fun.
Week 2: June 5th- 9th “Random Acts of Kindness”
Spend the week spreading love and kindness across the city. Create care packages for Deployed Troops, organize a book drive, volunteer at a local charity.
Week 3: June 12th-16th “College Bound”
It’s never too early to start thinking about college. Learn how to research and apply for scholarships and financial aid. Tour UNM Programs and learn what it’s like to be a LOBO!
Week 4: June 19th-23rd “Lights, Camera, Action”
New Mexico is the next movie capital of the US and the Y kids are ready to film. Children will use the camera to see the unseen, and expose people to our beautiful landscape. As part of the YMCA’s “Let’s Move Outside” initiative, children explore a state park and film a PSA advocating the protection of our environment.
Week 5: June 26th- 30th “Adventures in Babysitting”
Babysitting is a big responsibility. Are you ready for the challenge? Earn your YMCA Babysitter Training Certificate and have fun.
Week 6: July 3rd – 5th- 7th “Independence Week”
Can you whip up a healthy breakfast, balance a check book, or change your oil? Impress your parents with the life skills you never knew you needed.
Week 7: July 10th-July 14th “Y Apprentice”
This week your teens will learn how to create and run a business. They will come up with a business idea and put a plan into action.
Week 8: July 17th-July 21st “Healthy Y Teens”
Summertime is the perfect time to learn to live healthy. Take the Teen Fitness Center Orientation, get tips from the Y Nutritionist, explore different ways to get up and move.
Week 9: July 24th – 28th “Junior Y Staff”
Work as a CIT (Counselor in Training) and gain the skills and experience needed to apply for a Summer Counselor job in the future. Work with our amazing Y counselors and Y kids.
Week 10: July 31st – August 4th “Let’s Celebrate”
Let’s enjoy one last week of fun before the back to school routine begins. The teen program will organize an End of Summer party to celebrate all they have learned over the summer.