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Youth Development

Spring Fun for Everyone: See What the Y has in Store!

February 8, 2024|Categories: Blog, Family, Youth Development|

With the promise of Spring on the horizon, families are eagerly anticipating the chance to venture outdoors and craft new memories through exciting adventures. Perhaps you’re searching for stimulating spring break activities to keep your little ones engaged during their well-deserved break. Or maybe you’re interested in transforming physical fitness into a fun family pursuit. You might even be excited to witness your child’s creative talents flourish. Whatever your situation, the Y offers a diverse range of programs tailored to meet the needs of every member of your family!

Mark your calendars! Registration for our Spring programs opens on February 12th

Introducing Explorer Point at Northwest Family YMCA!

October 3, 2023|Categories: Family, Top Stories, Youth Development|

At the Greater Austin YMCA, we believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for quality of life and future success. We focus on holistically nurturing child development by providing a safe and healthy place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy trusting relationships, and build self-reliance. While nearly 1,000 children aged 8 weeks to 11 years old enjoyed Northwest Family YMCAs FREE Kids Play last year, we knew this space could more deeply support our children’s learning and development while fulfilling an even greater community need.

Our Current Space

Limited opportunities for open-ended, hands-on play, which has been

Summer STEM mini-camps

May 2, 2023|Categories: Community & Culture, Youth Development|

Join us at the Y for a week of brain-bending fun, perfect for ages 5-12. Each week will bring a STEM theme to life through art projects, science experiments, games and creative play. We’ll be inside and outside each day, depending on weather, and kids can bring a nut free snack and water bottle.

Game Designers

What makes a good game? Dig into some classic games to discover what elements come together to make fun happen. Working in teams or individually, you’ll learn from the master game designers and create your very own board game masterpiece!
When: June 5

Andy Roddick Foundation

December 8, 2022|Categories: Youth Development|

Through our partnership and a grant with the Andy Roddick Foundation, each of our EAC Y afterschool programs received 3 weeks of curriculum aligned with the following literature: The True Story of the Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein and The Lorax by Dr. Seuss.

Andy Roddick Foundation’s LATT (Learn All the Time) Network has created the pilot curriculum, Reading Adventurers, aimed at youth to help ensure that children are reading on or above

Texas Bar Foundation Awards $5k Grant to YMCA Youth & Government

November 18, 2021|Categories: Impact Spotlight, Youth Development|

Hands-on civic engagement and leadership development program for teens will use grant funds to “reignite” the conference experience for more than 1,600 participants and 200 volunteers from across the Texas for State Conference events in Austin, Texas.

AUSTINNOVEMBER 15, 2022 – A $5,000 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation will help purchase new technology tools that will enhance the conference experience for both participants and judicial volunteers. Youth and Government is a nationwide YMCA program, and active in more than 120 Texas cities. Serving middle and high school students, the program begins each fall and culminates with the annual conference which brings

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