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After school at the Y ignites the spark in every child

Wednesday, September 21, 2016   (0 Comments)
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A new school year means a fresh start for kids — a chance to start new routines and habits, build new friendships and discover new possibilities and interests. Back-to-school is a fresh start for youth and the people who care for them. As children transition from summer to fall, the YMCA of Lansing, Westside Branch is offering programs to school-aged children throughout the Lansing School District to keep youth active, busy and engaged during out-of-school time. Through a holistic approach to youth development, the Y’s program offers activities in a caring and safe environment during the critical hours after school. Whether through sports, mentorship or academic support, the Y’s afterschool staff nurtures the potential of youth throughout the school year.

At the end of the day when the school bell rings, 11.3 million kids are headed home to be unsupervised from 3 to 6 p.m., according to the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness advocacy organization. In Michigan, 26 percent of children are left alone and responsible for taking care of themselves. With a new school year about to begin, the YMCA of Lansing, Westside Branch encourages parents/caregivers to make sure that children are involved in safe, educational experiences after school hours.

“Learning enrichment after school is essential to increasing children’s success in school,” said Jeff Scheibel, president/CEO, YMCA of Lansing. “The opportunity to get additional learning and support, as well as participate in meaningful activities can inspire children’s motivations and abilities to succeed.”

The Y is a leading nonprofit committed to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, supporting their social-emotional, cognitive and physical development from birth to career. In the Westside YMCA’s afterschool program, youth receive homework help and can also explore drama, science and arts and crafts. Financial assistance is available to those in need, to ensure every child and teen has the opportunity to learn and grow at the Y.

The YMCA of Lansing is adopting a set of Healthy Eating and Physical Activity standards in our afterschool programs that will build a healthier future for our nation’s children by providing healthy environments rich in opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity. Specifically, we allow for 60 minutes of physical activity time a day and provide kids with healthy snacks.

For more information about the YMCA of Lansing’s afterschool program, please contact Jason Helman, Program Director at 517-827-9670 or visit


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