by Jen Moore
Since 2013, the YMCA of Superior California has had a strong partnership with St John’s Program for Change, a local organization breaking the cycle of poverty for homeless mothers. Currently, the YMCA of Superior California provides emergency childcare services to 10 children from St John’s and plan to take in more in the following weeks. The YMCA’s emergency childcare receives support from Child Action Inc, who sponsors each participant’s fees. Each summer, the YMCA has provided programming that has helped their children learn to swim, build valuable life skills, and improve their social and emotional development. Through an additional partnership with the USDA Food Program, they serve over 100 lunches a day to St. John's Camp and the local community. Their camp program receives funding from the Day Camp Access Grant from YUSA and generous donations through YMCA of Superior California’s Annual Support Campaign.
In addition, the YMCA of Superior California provides a safe, productive space for students to get their work done. Their trained staff provide homework help and technical assistance to ensure students daily participation in their virtual classes. They have also connected with local school districts to loan out ChromeBooks to students who do not have computer or Internet access at home.
More than traditional fitness and health programming, the YMCA goes above and beyond to nurture the youngest to build community strength and resilient success for the future.
Learn more about the YMCA of Superior California here.