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The YMCA of Austin exists to strengthen the foundations of our community through Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.
We do it by teaching kids new skills that build self-confidence, character values and leadership. We do it by helping adults and families lead healthy lifestyles. We do it by connecting older adults to an active support network. We do it by providing outlets to give back to those in need an volunteer your time. People engage with the Y on one level, but they soon find a deeper meaning to their activities and a connection to those around them. Ultimately, at its highest form, they feel compelled to volunteer, to give back and help others strengthen the entire community.
Here are just a few of the YMCA programs helping to strengthen the greater Austin area:
LiveSTRONG at the YMCA is a FREE 12-week YMCA-funded and YMCA-managed program for adult cancer survivors. Our program is about saying ‘goodbye’ to being a patient and saying ‘hello’ to being a healthy, whole person again.
Confidence with every stroke. SwimATX will launch with pilot programs at Reagan HS and LBJ HS in January 2015. This innovative, new program is in partnership with the City of Austin and Austin Independent School District.
Swim instruction will take place during school hours at YMCA and City of Austin pools, and provide P.E. credit for the 88 teens participating in the first phase of this program.
The YMCA’s Early Learning Readiness Program provides a stimulating environment for children 2–4yrs to play and learn while developing the physical, verbal, and social skills they’ll need to start school ready to succeed. Thanks to grant funding, the program focuses on increasing the school readiness of young children in low-income families.
It has also been said the 'We are what we eat'. With that undeniable truth, the YMCA of Austin will conduct The Happy Kitchen / La Cocina Alegre® Cooking and Nutrition Education Program.
The YMCA of Austin—in collaboration with Safe Kids Austin and Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas—is working toward the goal of providing all area first graders with education on safety, aquatics, and fitness activity.
Since the programs inception in 2009, more than 6,700 kids have participated in this life-saving program.
From coaching to sitting on the Board of Directors, there are a lot of ways to volunteer at the YMCA of Austin.
In partnership with the Department of the Interior, National League of Cities, and with the support of American Express, the YMCA is working to advance Let's Move! Outside, an initiative that connects youth and families with nature and public lands in the Austin community. Our partnership and programming advances the goals of connecting youth and families with nature and public lands in their community. All to support the four pillars of outdoor activities: Play, Learn, Serve and Work.