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21st Annual Leaders And Legends Scholarship And Recognition Dinner


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.


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!


Fit and Happy!

Rhonda's Y Story:

At my one-year anniversary of Newark Y membership, I wanted to share my incredible experience. It all started the day Y staff member Eddie offered me a free one-month trial. With knee pain, excess weight and my 50th birthday lurking, I knew I had to act. I started walking on the treadmill, but my knees were killing me. I talked to Smiley (another terrific Y staff member) and he helped me get started on the elliptical. My knees hurt less each day. During that first month, I lost some weight, and my knees did not hurt as much, so I joined! 
After strong encouragement from staff (thanks Melissa!) I started taking spin classes in addition to using the cardio equipment. Now I am addicted - I spin five times a week! There are days that I have off from work but drive 49 miles to go to the Y in Newark. I have a beautiful YMCA facility close to my house in Hamburg, NJ, but I enjoy the people at the Newark Y.
However, with all of the classes I was taking, I was not losing weight. I would lose 5 or 10 pounds and gain it back. Then my awesome spin instructor Eileen gave me hints and ideas about nutrition and I have lost 20 pounds! Every single day, someone says something nice about the way I look! My husband included!
Before I joined the Newark Y, I left my house at 7:15 to be at work by 9 am. Now, I get to the Y by 6:30 and still get to work on time! I also save money by going to the gym instead of going out to lunch. Joining the Y has been a WIN WIN situation for me.
As you can tell, I am very happy  that I joined the YMCA in Newark and fortunate that my path crossed so many nice people! I’ll see you tomorrow at the Newark Y!
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Countdown 'Til Health O Ween!

Countdown 'Til Health O Ween!
THREE more days until this scary but healthy event! Maya Robinson and Kenitra Washington are hard at work and play in our Health-O-Ween shop. Join us October 25th at the Newark Y. Fun for the whole family!

New Job Opening in Membership 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!

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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