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St. Anthony's Innovating Scholars

By Tameka Raines

Our 21st Century YMCA scholars at St. Anthony's High School in Jersey City are truly putting innovation, creativity and leadership to the test - a test they are unanimously passing. Our scholars were challenged to create a tall and sturdy tower, using only spaghetti and marshmallows. This sweet lesson not only encouraged our scholars to focus and work together, but it provided a great path into exploring and understanding leadership styles.

 
STEM lessons offer our scholars the opportunity to experience Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in an untraditional way. These lessons also allow our dynamic staff members to help them make connections to decision making and how it connects to everything around us!
 
For more information about our 21st Century YMCA Enrichment Afterschool Programs, please contact Tammea Tyler: 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 Bridges Fun and Discovery

Little Bridges Early Learning Program celebrated Health-O-Ween this year with a Frankenstein’s Lab created by program facilitator, Kim Washington and Rutgers intern, Victoria Lloyd. Our little ghosts, ghouls and superheroes enjoyed getting their hands dirty as they explored colorful, gooey slime and other “unknown” substances. The children’s curiosity was sparked as they learned about chemical reactions and used their senses to make predictions. The Little Bridges Early Learning Readiness program is always discovering new ways to keep children engaged in learning! For more information about the Little Bridges Early Learners Program, contact Roneasha Bell: 973-624-8900 ext 6863.
 

Lights On For Peace

By Awilda Rivera

As a part of their “Lights On Afterschool” celebration, Y Academy Afterschool students from P.S. 37 Rafael De J. Cordero School conducted research on peaceful protest, then reflected on how it has empowered their lives. They learned about major human rights advocates, such as Mother Theresa, Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
Y Academy scholars created a mural, using paint and handprints to represent their uniqueness. They created a 3-D tree of “Reasons” why the Afterschool Program is important to them. Our resident nutritionist recruited a team of chef’s to create and display delicious dessert items incorporating various textures and food groups.
 
To close, the scholars participated in a school-wide rally and march, with one scholar chosen to share a speech, followed by a presentation of music, art and dance, choreographed to embody the importance of kids and their futures. For more information about Y Academy Afterschool Programs, please contact Cynthia Renta at crenta@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.”

 

Healthy Halloween Fun!

By Roneasha Bell

 More than 200 people participated in the YMCA of Newark and Vicinity’s First Annual Health-O-Ween event on October 25th.  Children sampled healthy snacks, created scary art work, danced the Zombie Zumba, completed Healthy U challenges and received a healthy U bag with tricks and treats.
 
In our Happy Harvest Market, children designed masks, created creepy crawling spiders and participated in our Frightening Fashion Show & Costume Contest. We raffled backpacks, toys, and an ipod Nano. Big and little ones enjoyed getting their hands dirty in Frankenstein’s Lab where they experimented with all kinds of gooey, gory, gushy stuff.
 
“The children had a blast! At the end of their Spook-tacular journey the brave souls took a scary walk into our haunted house full of shocks and surprises. We are grateful to our generous sponsors, the Department of Health and 21st Century Community Learning Center,” said Tammea Tyler, Vice President for Youth Development.
 
For more information about our programs for youth and families, please contact Ms. Roneasha Bell at 973-624-8900- ext. 6863 or rbell@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.”

 

Lights On After School!

By Angel Otero

 The YMCA of Newark and Vicinity’s Y Academy Afterschool Program at Belleville’s School #8 “Lights On Afterschool” event October 23rd celebrated the creative accomplishments of our students. From artwork to academic projects, our students shine!  Parents had the chance to view this wonderful showcase while meeting staff and enjoying refreshments.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
At the Lights on Afterschool event, part of a nationwide celebration at  thousands of YMCA’s across the country, Y Academy programs  displayed student’s artwork, academic work and collaborative projects. Our students also participated in a workshop on Healthy (germ-fighting) Living and enjoyed a favorite CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) activity: parachute games.

This event was just the beginning of an exciting line-up of programs and activities at Belleville School #8’s Y Academy Afterschool Program. We are thrilled to be offering tutoring and enrichment activities in music, dance, the fine arts, nutrition and health for our 55 students this year. For photos from Y Academy and other youth programs, check out our Youth Blog, Little Loopers.
 
For more information about the YMCA of Newark and Vicinity’s Afterschool Programs, please contact Patricia Zito: pzito@newarkymca.org.

 

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Leadership Position Available: VP for Finance

Financial and business management, investments and information systems and providing direction and leadership for business operations and strategic initiatives. Send cover letter and resume to Human Resources Director, Norma Pendleton at npendleton@newarkymca.org.

Exciting Youth Programs at the Y!

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Pass, Dribble and Shoot!

Pass, Dribble and Shoot!
Saturday Basketball Clinic Coming to the Newark YMCA! Follow the link for more information...

Save the Date: Annual MLK Breakfast

Save the Date: Annual MLK Breakfast
Join Us Friday, January 16, 2015, at 8:00 AM for our 44th Annual Memorial Breakfast Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King , Jr. Follow the link for all the details...

Teen Basketball Tournament: Join In the Fun!

Teen Basketball Tournament: Join In the Fun!
Check out this fun tournament opportunity at the Y! Follow the link for details...

Thanksgiving Hours At the Newark Y ...

Follow the link for our holiday schedule. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Fit and Healthy For the Holidays!

Check out our new fitness schedule for the holiday months: Zumba, Yoga, Indoor Cycling - you name it! Special classes for seniors and youth...

Register For Swim Lessons!

Register For Swim Lessons!
Fall lessons are underway! Follow the link to find out how you can sign up...

New Job Openings in Membership and Youth Development Department

Click the Employment Tab at left for all the details!

Y Mourns the Passing of a Great Leader

The Newark YMCA Board and Staff are saddened by the passing of Dr. Clement Price, a true and compassionate teacher, historian and community leader. Dr. Price was a treasure for Newark and for the nation.

Many Thanks for A Successful Leaders and Legends Event!

Many Thanks for A Successful Leaders and Legends Event!
We are grateful to all those who attended or sponsored this event, especially our Dinner Sponsors, Prudential and PSEG. Your generosity builds community and supports programs for youth. Thank you.

Ready to Play?

Ready to Play?
2013-14 Champions, ages 13-14
Tryouts for YMCA Traveling Basketball League Team begin October 24! Boys an girls, ages 10 through 14 are invited to tryout. Follow the link 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...

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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