The YW’s Youth Services group is comprised of four main areas:
Girls Center and
All of our youth-oriented programs grew out of women’s economic needs for safe, world-class programs to serve their children while they work. We responded.
Today, our award winning Early Learning Center serves 95 children ages 1 month to 5 years, and for the past five years has graduated 100% of pre-schoolers at or above state standards before they begin kindergarten. This achievement has been earned through innovative curriculum that focuses on establishing solid foundations in core knowledge areas, including number and letter identification, reading, comprehension and writing skills.
Our After and Out-of School programs operate year round, and serve children in kindergarten through eighth grade.
After School programs run September through the end of the academic year, and are available at the YWCA in both Lawrence and Haverhill, as well as Parthum School and South Lawrence East School. Focus is given to academic success and training children to be eager and affective learners, with afternoon tutoring available. Once home work is completed, children are encouraged to participate in games, field trips and our computer center.
Out-of-School programs run during school vacations, including the summertime. Inventive activities include trips to the Farmer’s Market, field trips to such places as Spectacle Island in Boston, Disney on Ice or other holiday events, a local museum or to the Campagnone Park right across the street! Additionally, we offer a membership club called Urban Explorers, where members have the opportunity to get outside in a fun way while building their self-confidence and outdoor skills. Training includes map navigation, principals of hiking, outdoor safety and how to ‘leave no trace’ [from the Smokey the Bear campaign].
Our gender-specific Girls Center is for girls age 6 to 17, and operates year-round, both after and out-of-school. This program offers enrichment and special programs with a focus on six core themes, including Academics, Career Exploration, Leadership & Social Responsibility, Health & Wellness, Creative Expression and Family Unity. Each spring, the Girls Center hosts an Achievement Awards Show, which recognizes girls who have come far in each of these categories.
Health Service Promotions is all about offering children in all programs the opportunity to develop physical and sportsmanship skills through both our pool and gymnasium activities, as well as teaching them about the importance of healthy nutrition. For older children, emphasis is placed on personal respect and responsibility within our families and community.
For information about our gymnasium and pool offerings contact Cesar Fernandez, or at 978.687.0331 x1060.
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