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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
For more information about the New Jersey Partnership For Healthy Kids – Newark, contact Courtney Price at firstname.lastname@example.org
or click here
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: email@example.com.
“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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 email@example.com. You could change a life!