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21st Annual Leaders And Legends Scholarship And Recognition Dinner


Stretch and Get Fit at the Y!

The YMCA of Newark and Vicinity provided warm ups and stretches for the First United Way and City of Newark 10K Run for Healthy Kids. YMCA Youth Development Director Dwayne Curry and his family Valerie (wife), Shanise (sister) and Peter (son) demonstrated exercises and modifications to the more than fifty youth and their families preparing to race in the September event. For more information about the terrific recreation programs at the YMCA of Newark and Vicinity, contact Dwayne Curry at dcurry@newarkymca.org.

Healthy Shopping, Healthy Living

Thanks to a generous grant awarded to the City of Newark’s Office of Sustainability, six YMCA families were able to participate in the national Cooking Matters At The Store tour. Cooking Matters was introduced to help families shop for and cook healthy meals on a budget, as part of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. Cooking Matters (funded by the Walmart Foundation) has been featured by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let's Move! campaign and recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for excellence in nutrition education.

Guided by volunteer Jamie Daniels, the families took an hour-long tour at a Pathmark supermarket in Newark,  where they learned a variety of healthy eating and shopping tips and were given a shopping challenge:  purchase five healthy items with $10. All of the Y residents came in under budget and were able to take home a bag full of healthy groceries.
For more information on the campaign, please visit http://cookingmatters.org/. To schedule a tour, please contact Elizabeth Reynoso at reynosoe@ci.newark.nj.us For more information about the New Jersey Partnership For Healthy Kids – Newark, contact Courtney Price at cprice@newarkymca.org or click here.


Lights On After School!


At Jersey City’s PS #30 and #37 Schools, the newly launched Y Academy-21st Century Community Learning Center has engaged its  young scholars in a community-building project. Y Academy students are hard at work preparing for their "Lighting Up Our Path Towards Our Future" project,  creating self-portraits that envision their future careers and choreographing a special dance presentation for the October 23rd Lights On Afterschool celebration.
For more information about this exciting 21st Century initiative of the YMCA of Newark and Vicinity, click here or contact Tammea Tyler, Vice President for Youth Development: ttyler@newarkymca.org.


“This project was funded in its entirety with federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by No Child Left Behind, Title IV, Part B, 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grant funds through a grant agreement with the New Jersey Department of Education.”


Little Community at the Y

Little Bridges, the YMCA of Newark and Vicinity’s Early Learning Readiness Program, is off to an exciting start this school year! Helping families to prepare their pre-schoolers for Kindergarten, the children are learning about the community and how to identify community helpers through dramatic play. The class explored how different community helpers, such as firefighters, police officers and construction workers assist in making our community thrive. Our volunteer nutritionist recently led a series of interactive snack projects, exploring food in a healthy and fun way. The children made little cars using apples and grapes; turning an ordinary snack into an extraordinary snack experience. Then, the children learned about traffic lights using graham crackers and peanut butter. These nutritional projects help make learning about the community fun and delicious!
To learn more about Little Bridges, or to find out how to register your child, please contact Ms. Roneasha Bell at rbell@newarkymca.org.


Changing Lives at the Y

Chris Osorio completed his training to be a mentor for the YMCA of Newark and Vicinity's Reach and Rise Program in June. A college grad working in corporate sales, Chris says that he has always wanted to have a positive impact on another person’s life. Having dealt with family issues as a teen, Chris felt that he could be good role model for a young person trying to succeed in spite of adversity.
Chris was matched with Nolan, and met with him weekly through the summer, often at their favorite ice cream spot in Jersey City. This fall, Nolan will play for his high school football team, and Chris plans to attend some games to show his support. They are also planning to spend some Saturdays at the YMCA getting in shape.
The YMCA's Reach & Rise Program will conduct training for its third group of mentors beginning on October 15th.  If you or someone you know would like to learn more or to volunteer, please contact Regina Fitch at rfitch@newarkymca.org. You could change a life!


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Countdown 'Til Health O Ween!

Countdown 'Til Health O Ween!
JUST TWO more days until this scary but healthy event! Lou, the star of our Haunted House, is ready for his make-over. Wait till you see him this Saturday. You will be shocked and amazed. Join us October 25th at the Newark Y. Fun for the whole family!

New Job Openings in Membership and Youth Development Department

Click the Employment Tab at left for all the details!

Youth Basketball Clinic - Phase III

Beginning Saturday, October 11! Players from 5 to 14 are welcome. Follow the link or contact Dwayne Curry at dcurry@newarkmca.org for all the details...

Y Joins "Make A Splash"

Y Joins
The YMCA of Newark and Vicinity is happy to announce that we have just become a partner in the USA Swimming Foundation’s water safety initiative, Make a Splash. Click on the Aquatics link under PROGRAMS at left to learn more...

Join Us For Leaders and Legends!

Support scholarship opportunities and programs for youth on October 28th. Follow the link for all the details...

Newark Y Awarded Grant for 21st Century Learning Program in Jersey City!

Newark Y Awarded Grant for 21st Century Learning Program in Jersey City!
The YMCA of Newark and Vicinity has been selected by the NJ Department of Education to develop 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programming in Jersey City, NJ, at School 30, School 37, Infinity Institute High School and St. Anthony’s High School. This initiative is part of a nation-wide effort to develop high quality out-of-school time programs for children and their families.Follow the link to read more...

New: Exciting Youth Development Positions Open!

Dynamic department seeking qualified full and part-time staff members for growing programs, including new listings for Teen Site Supervisor and Swim Team Coach. Click the Employment tab at left for all the details...

Summer Camp Families:

Summer Camp Families:
Thanks for sharing your campers with us this summer! If you'd like a hint of the fun they had at camp, take a look at our blog, LITTLE LOOPERS! We are still adding photos. Follow the link to check it out...

Change a Life Forever!

Change a Life Forever!
Mentors needed for the Newark YMCA's Reach and Rise mentoring program at Infinity Institute High School in Jersey City. Follow the link for details...

Learn, Grow and Thrive at the Y!

Learn, Grow and Thrive at the Y!
Register today for our before and afterschool programs! Follow the link for all the details...

A Bright Future . . .

A Bright Future . . .
Register today for the Newark Y's early childhood learning program Little Bridges - for children ( birth to age 5) and their caregivers. Follow the link for all the details...

Swim, Baby, Swim!

Swim with your baby on Thursdays at 4 pm. If you decide to join the Y, your joiner fee is waived. See you in the pool!

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