GREATER WICHITA YMCA 

SUMMER DISCOUNT - JOIN FOR $4

Memorial Day Weekend is the start of our water park season. Join NOW and enjoy unlimited use of the four main benefits of summer membership: 1) 4 Water Parks 2) 9 Locations 3) 800+ Group Exercise Classes 4) Discounts on Programs. Save even more with our 4 for $4 Sale. Don't wait - this offer ends soon.

SUMMER LIFEGUARDS NEEDED - ALL 9 LOCATIONS

ATTENTION - We're looking for summer lifeguards for our indoor pools and outdoor water parks. We offer lower-cost certification and, to qualifying guards, a refund of charges.

Y SCHOLARS

Did you know that a child's reading level in the third grade predicts their likelihood to graduate from high school? We did. That is why we work with local school districts to improve reading and engage struggling readers to help them improve through a variety of support activities.

Y Scholars (formerly Y SOAR) features YMCA Staff working with teachers and principals to find first graders and second graders reading below grade level in participating schools:

The program - free for all participants - engages students and families in reading through:

  • All day sessions, four-days-per-week, for five weeks
  • Mornings are dedicated to literacy work, afternoons feature enrichment activities (art, music, science, and physical activity)
  • Children are provided breakfast, lunch, and a snack on program days
  • There are parent workshops designed to encourage reading at home

LOCAL PARTNERS - NATIONAL PROGRAM AND RESULTS

The YMCA of the USA (the national Y) has worked with over 3,300 children who participated in the Summer Learning Loss Prevention program in 2017. Initial results show strong gains in reading skills for all participants helping the students get on track for their grade level. In addition to this, when surveyed, parents and caregivers reported the following success indicators:

  • 97% said their child was “more excited to learn”
  • 94% reported their child showed “increased self-confidence”
  • 96% believed the program would help their child do better in school
  • 95% indicated the program helped their family read more books
  • 94% acknowledged the program helped them get more engaged in their child’s education

WHY THE YMCA OF THE USA AND THE GREATER WICHITA YMCA FOCUS ON LITERACY

The Greater Wichita YMCA is committed to nurturing the potential of every child and is addressing the academic achievement gap through pilot programs focused on after school, early learning readiness, STEM and summer learning loss prevention. The programs, which are underway in nearly 46 states across the country, are designed to not only increase success in school, but to also foster social-emotional development and physical health and well-being.

PREVENTING SUMMER LEARNING SLIDE

Summer Learning Slide is a real issue for young people and our society. The term refers to the learning loss many children experience over the summer. The summer learning loss phenomenon is especially harmful to children who end the school year behind their classmates—pushing them even farther behind their peers. Repeat this year after year, and you see major consequences.

In fact, a recent study shows that one in six children who do not read proficiently by third grade fail to graduate high school on time—four times the rate for children with proficient third-grade reading skills.

SEE THE PROGRAM AT WORK

ANOTHER REASON Y

The Greater Wichita YMCA partners on literacy programs and offers hundreds of options to support a healthy spirit, mind, and body including:

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  • To allow time with family and friends - all Greater Wichita YMCA locations will have reduced hours on Monday, May 27, 2019. See those hours and special holiday class schedules at: ymcawichita.org/our... Read More
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