WHAT WE DO FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Nurturing Each Child’s Potential
We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. That’s why, through the Y, millions of youth—including more than 100,000 in our region—are cultivating the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement.
1. Give Kids a Place to Belong
How a child spends their time away from school and home can be critical to their success. The Y gives youth and teens a safe place to belong while offering quality programs and services that make sure our kids’ learning and growth never stops.
2. Teach Critical Values and Life Skills
The Y connects kids to caring adult role models whose example and leadership demonstrate the critical character values and life skills—from how to get into college to how to be a good citizen—they’ll need to reach their full potential in life.
3. Foster Healthy Habits
Children can only thrive when they are healthy in all areas of life—spirit, mind and body. That’s why our Y has committed resources to a wide range of youth wellness programs and initiatives–from diabetes prevention to youth sports—designed to keep kids healthy and lower our community’s youth obesity rate.
4. Help Those Most in Need
Whether it’s providing a literacy tutor to close a child’s achievement gap, offerings swim lessons in communities with a higher risk of drowning or providing a mentor to a teen trying to overcome a past mistake, the Y believes in giving every child the chance to reach their potential, regardless of their socio-economic circumstances.
Every day, the Y works across the Metro Jackson community to support those who need us most. Our programs address important issues like school readiness and chronic diseases while we provide services that improve quality of life for all ages. The Y serves special needs children in our summer camps, provides one of the only wellness programs for individuals with disabilities, and provides assistance to break the cycle of poverty with education and family support services. In 2014, the Y provided $1,086,335 in scholarships and services along with 740,023 hours of Quality Care and Education through the following:
- 504 preschool and school age children received a nurturing child care environment
- 1,300 children received summer day camp fun and learning
- 147 teenagers in the Juvenile Court System received a 2nd chance through the Adolescent Offenders Program
- 1,086 youth learned water safety and lifesaving skills
- 3,385 children learned core character traits of caring, respect, responsibility, and honest through youth sports programs