North Austin Y Newsletter: April 2021

Stories That Connect Us

When you’re a member at the Y, you’re part of a close-knit community. Seeing your face as you walk through our doors, especially if you’ve been away for a long time, feels like seeing old friends.

One of our long-time members “Ms. R” returned to the Y after nearly a year away. She said how much she had missed the YMCA and the friends she had made. COVID was like a light switch — one day we were laughing, talking, working hard in class, and then it was like someone just turned the light off. Ms. R is glad the light is back on now, and we’re glad her light is shining again at North Austin Y!

As we begin returning to former routines and seeing each other again, it’s an opportunity to deepen our relationships like never before. To invite our friends to join us on this journey to always be Here For Good.

Be A Storyteller

What’s your YMCA story? Has the Y inspired you this year by touching your life or helping someone you know? 

As we kick off our 2021 Annual Giving Campaign, we’ll be going live on Facebook at 5:30pm on Tuesday, April 6th to officially kick-off the campaign! Hear from fellow members and beloved staff of the Y community share their stories and experiences. Don’t miss it!

We invite you to share your story, invite others to join you in supporting the Y, and join our movement to continue doing good.

Here’s what’s happening at North Austin YMCA this month

YMCA of Austin Mask Policy

 

The statewide mask mandate was suspended in mid-march. However, in keeping with Austin Public Health and CDC guidelines, as a private organization the YMCA of Austin continues to require masks at all times. Beginning April 1, exceptions are made for those who have a medical condition or a disability that prevents them from wearing a face covering. For more details on our mask and other health policies, visit our website.

Opportunities to Give Back

The YMCA of Austin is partnering with two local organizations to meet our community’s needs this spring. 

Brighter Bites is distributing boxes of fresh produce to families and individuals, and they need volunteers to direct traffic and distribute boxes. Find details on our Events page, and sign up to help give food to folks in need.

We Are Blood is hosting a series of mobile blood drives in YMCA parking lots. Dates, times, and location details are on our Events page. Sign up to donate, and remember to eat a full meal before your appointment.

Les Mills New Release Launches!

New Les Mills routines drop this month! We’ll launch the latest releases April 12-17. Check the schedule and get in on the fun with these scientifically proven, challenging routines. 

 

Refer a Friend, Get a Free Month

Invite a friend to join you for your favorite workout this month. If your friend decides to join the Y, we’ll waive their fee to join! And if they remain a member for at least three months, we’ll give YOU a month of membership for FREE! There’s no limit to how many friends you can refer. Spread the word, and help us to become a community that is 50,000 Strong!

April Check-In Challenge

You really ran with the check-in challenges we held in late-2020, so we’re dusting off the old leaderboard and challenging you to check into your YMCA at least 10 times this month. When you do, you’ll be entered to win a prize! Two members will receive YMCA ball caps, and one grand prize winner will receive a free month of YMCA membership!

 

Fitness Options for Everyone

One of the best things about the YMCA is all the fitness options that are available to people of all ages and abilities. We’re here to help you meet your fitness goals.

Did you know that as a member, you have access to a free session with a personal trainer to introduce you to our equipment and to assess your physical fitness? You may decide that a more personalized approach is best for you with a series of custom sessions with a personal trainer.  Individual and partner sessions available.

If you prefer the accountability partnership that comes with group training, but also want the personalized attention of a personal trainer, try one of our small group trainings! We offer GAL toning, Total Body Fit, and Women with Weights. Build strength and confidence in a small group setting with one of these classes.

Swimmers and triathletes can get a jump start on training with our masters swim courses and adult swim lessons to perfect your stroke and improve your technique.

We also offer outdoor versions of many of your favorite classes. Check the schedule for outdoor group exercise, and soak up the sunshine while you work out! 

We have a couple changes to the Group Exercise schedule:

  • RPM with Katherine at 6:30 AM Tuesdays in the gymnasium
  • Vinyasa Yoga with Abby at 7:00 PM Thursdays in the group exercise room

Youth Programs

Mi Mundo and Parent’s Day Out offer youngsters a safe place to learn and explore. And for kiddos who are ready for a summer adventure but don’t need a full day of care, there’s mini camps all summer long. 

Or learn a new skill with our May volleyball clinics, or tumbling for littles class, Tumble & Jam. 

Swim lessons are open for registration now. Teach kids the importance of safety around water, and instill a lifelong love of the water with swim lessons.

 

Do you have a childcare plan this summer? Extend-A-Care YMCA offers a wide range of summer camp options for kids from infants through age 13, from theme camps to adventure camps and sports camps. Try one or choose a variety, and rest assured that your child is enjoying the summer they deserve!

Afterschool care for the 2021-2022 school year opens for registration April 6. Make a plan to register now and guarantee your spot in Extend-A-Care’s engaging afterschool program.

There are many benefits to taking part in Extend-A-Care YMCA. Families enrolled in EAC Y programs enjoy a special membership rate with the YMCA. Employees of partner school districts receive 20% off their monthly membership dues. And when you refer a friend for our afterschool program, you’ll receive a $30 referral credit.

Meaningful Summer Jobs

 

There are lots of places to work, but few opportunities to do work that really matters. At the Y, not only do you have the chance to help children, youth, and adults reach their potential, you’ll also make an impact in your community.

Apply now to become a Youth Development Leader, a Lifeguard, or a Swim Instructor. Enjoy the perks that come with being part of the YMCA, and feel great knowing you’re part of a strong community of changemakers.

Not certified to be a lifeguard? Sign up for our Red Cross Lifeguard Course, and you could have a job waiting for you upon completion! And whether you’re looking for a job or just want to brush up on your lifesaving skills, there’s CPR and First Aid lessons open to our members.  

Transportation Feedback

If you live in the Georgian Acres neighborhood or surrounding area, your feedback is requested!

The University of Texas (UT) and Austin Transportation recently were selected as Stage 1 awardees of the Civic Innovation Challenge, a national grant competition that funds projects that could address community-identified needs. The team is working closely with numerous community partners to co-create a community mobility hub in the Georgian Acres Neighborhood. Though the community hub would be placed within the Georgian Acres Neighborhood, it could serve people in the general Georgian Acres/North Lamar/Rundberg area.

The community mobility hub design could feature transportation options, like e-scooters, e-bikes, and access to transit or free access to additional amenities, such as wifi, shade structures, or access to charging for handheld devices or wheelchairs.

Employees from Austin Transportation will be on site at the YMCA on April 8th from 4:30pm -7:30pm to gather feedback! Anyone who completes a survey in person will receive a $10 gift card.

If you are unavailable to visit the YMCA during that time and live in the area, please complete the online survey at https://www.austintexas.gov/smart-mobility before April 9th, 2021. All submissions will be entered into a raffle to win a $50 gift card.

All opinions expressed here are those of their authors and/or contributors and not of their employer. Any questions or concerns regarding the content found here may be sent to info@austinymca.org

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