At the Y, we're all about Family! Throughout the year, we welcome families from our community to enjoy free family events at our 4 Y centers. Ring in the New Year at the Downtown, East Side or West Side Ys as part of US Bank Eve. Perhaps you are looking for a free, family friendly Halloween Event, join us for Halloween at the Y offered at all 4 Y centers. During the summer months, the Y's host monthly block parties with games, activities, bounce houses, and fun for all. There is always something for family at the Y.
Healthy Kids Day
For over a decade the Green Bay YMCA has been hosting Healthy Kids Day, a national initiative aimed at helping children and their families lead healthier lifestyles. The event is in response to the growing trends in youth inactivity and obesity and seeks to increase awareness and education of childhood obesity and to allow access to health and wellness opportunities for children and families.
With strong partnerships and support from the community, area organizations, and businesses dedicated to community well being, we reach over 3,500 children and families each year with this event. Look for more information in the spring and plan to join us at ShopKo Hall for a fun-filled Healthy Kids Day on the first Saturday in May!
At the Y, we are committed to providing support and resources to our neighbors and those in our community. Some of our programs and initiatives serve a unique focus or group of people and many happen outside of the walls of our YMCAs. At the Y, we are proud to make a positive impact upon youth, families, adults, and schools in our community through these initiatives.
Afterschool Plus (ASP+)
A 21st Century Community Learning Center Partnership of the Green Bay Area Public School District and Greater Green Bay YMCA
The Green Bay Y, in a collaborative partnership with the Green Bay Public Schools, operates after-school programs at 5 area elementary schools. A 21st Century Community Learning Center, affectionately called 21C, offers academic, health and wellness, and cultural enrichment opportunities to students during after school hours at Howe, Eisenhower, Sullivan, Tank and Doty Elementary schools. The purpose of the program is to deliver strengths based programs that provide academic enrichment opportunities for children, particularly students who attend high poverty and low performing schools. The 21C program offer students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs and seeks to close the achievement gap in core academic areas.
YMCAs all over the country offer after school programs. Several programs have been selected as part of the Achievement Gap grant program, a national initiative that seeks to accelerate academic learning and social emotional skills for children in communities and schools who most need these building blocks for future success. The Green Bay YMCA was selected as a recipient of this grant, and began efforts to close the Achievement Gap at our Eisenhower 21C after-school site in Fall of 2013. Now in our second year of the Achievement Gap grant, we have witnessed significant successes and improvements in areas of academic performance and social emotional health for those students at our Eisenhower after school program.
For the 2014-2015 School year we will be introducing a new STEM curriculum at all of our at risk afterschool programs. With generous funding from donations to Y-USA, we were selected to pilot this curriculum that focuses upon Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. We are also implementing a Reel Fun Film program from funding received from the Lego Children’s Fund. Our students will get to create a real commercial, talk show, newscast, or short film from beginning to end!
21C After School Backpack Program
Many families in our community struggle to provide the basic needs for their children, such as a healthy meal or adequate nutrition. While in school, these students are provided with free or subsidized meals, but some families may not have the resources to provide the quantity or quality of food for their children over the weekend. Through the generosity of the Randall Cobb’s Helping Hands Foundation and the Cornerstone Foundation, the families of our 21C at-risk after school program at Eisenhower, Doty, Howe, and Sullivan Elementary Schools are able to take home a backpack full of food each weekend to help relieve this challenge, so hopefully they stay happy and healthy over the weekend and come back on Monday ready to succeed at school!
The Green Bay YMCA hosts Parent Cafés in partnership with other community agencies in Brown County. This series of three evenings is a free program aimed at strengthening families and building protective factors for parents to be at their very best. The evening starts with a family meal, and then free childcare is provided while the parents or caregivers take part in the Parent Café. The Parent Café is led by trained hosts and parents/caregivers discuss 3 questions with other parents. We learn that parenting is no easy task, but with the right skills and support it can bring great happiness and joy!
The vision for Swim Smart is to provide 2nd grade students from at-risk schools with a hands on water safety experience that gives them the skills and knowledge necessary to recognize and prevent aquatic emergencies. Kids participate in this program that emphasizes water safety, stroke development, character values, and personal growth. The intention is to help children make smart decisions in and around water areas such as pools, rivers, and lakes.
With the help of Y Aquatics staff and dedicated volunteers, the children learn to identify and reduce the risk of dangerous situations in and around water. Through this program, we want all children to Swim Smart!
To continue the remarkable legacy of 6 year old Zachary Archer Cohn, who drowned in a drain entrapment in 2007, the ZAC Foundation has teamed up with the Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay and the Greater Green Bay YMCA to bring the Foundations’ award-winning ZAC Camp to more than 100 local 5-9 year olds through its grant program in 2013 and 2014. The ZAC Camp program combines in-pool swimming lessons, safety classes with First Responders and classroom curriculum. By week’s end, campers are equipped with critical tools to ensure safe swimming including: fundamental stroke training, emergency preparedness and response and basic lifesaving techniques.
LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA
The Y and LIVESTRONG joined together to create LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors achieve their holistic health goals. The research-based program offers people affected by cancer a safe, supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person. Participants work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to achieve their goals such as building muscle mass and strength; increasing flexibility and endurance, and improving confidence and self-esteem. In addition to physical benefits, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA focuses on the emotional well-being of survivors and their families by providing a supportive community where people impacted by cancer can connect during treatment and beyond. By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA helps people move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body.
LIVESTRONG is the brand of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, created in 1997 by the cancer survivor and champion cyclist to serve people living with cancer and empower communities to take action. The LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program was launched in 2013 at the Greater Green Bay YMCA.
The success and strength of our community impact relies upon the generous time, talents, and gifts from individuals, groups, and organizations. If you are interested in volunteering or supporting one of the initiatives, please connect with us.
Special Pops Night at the Y
Each 1st and 3rd Tuesday evening from 6-8pm, the YMCA offers a night of recreation and socialization for adults with special needs. This program, facilitated by Y staff and volunteers, welcomes adults with developmental, physical, and cognitive needs to enjoy an evening of fun activities in the pool and gym and occasional off-site events. For more information and to see the calendar of events, click LEARN MORE.
Girls Night Out
Girls Night Out is a program held in the winter/spring months at the East Side, West Side, and Broadview Y locations and is offered to area 5th grade girls from participating schools. It is a 10-week program led by our dedicated Y staff and volunteers. Girls Night Out has a vision to help 5th grade girls successfully navigate what can be a challenging or difficult phase in their lives, and make it one that is positive and healthy. Through fun and relevant activities, the program addresses positive peer relationships, coping with bullying and social exclusion, positive self image, life skills, healthy living, and how to transition to middle school.
Learning With Legos
What child (and let's face it, what adult?) doesn't love playing with legos and getting lost in the possibilities and their imaginations? Learning with Legos program is a 6 week program that utilizes the experience of play and legos to teach lessons in developing predictions, problem solving, testing hypotheses, and learning about the components and engineering of simple machines. The program pairs adult Y volunteer mentors with 2nd-4th grade participants to guide the process and play through lego creations, and incredible friendships just happen to be building along the way!
The program take place at our 21C at-risk after schools programs. We are always in need of volunteers, please visit the volunteer page to learn more.