(Jan-May) This free training program for youth ages 15-17 teaches basic skills such as interviewing, dressing appropriately, and financial responsibility to prepare graduates for summer employment with the Y and other area businesses.
Participants with nearly 60 area nonprofits receive free access to local Ys through our Cooperative Agency program. Many of these agencies serve vulnerable populations such as at-risk youth, and kids and adults with special needs or mental health conditions.
The Y advocates for healthy living by bringing together members of the community to address local health needs. To this end, the Y helped launch the Health & Wellness Coalition (HWC) of Wichita several years ago with support from the Kansas Health Foundation and other community leaders. This coalition, now made up of more than 80 area businesses and agencies, is promoting physical activity and healthy eating through programs, people and policies.
Under YMCA leadership, the HWC evaluates community resources, hosts an annual Working Well Conference, organizes a citywide bike month, assists schools and individuals in establishing healthy habits and impacts policy decisions, encouraging community infrastructure that supports healthy lifestyles.
The Y also participates in and partners with a variety of local community organizations:
- Schools & Education
- Government Agencies
- Nonprofit & Community Service Organizations