After School, The Y Helps Kids Reach Their Potential

A new school year is filled with potential—a chance to start new routines and habits, build new friendships and discover new possibilities and interests. It’s an exciting time for many kids, however—at the end of the school day, 1 in 5 children kids do not have someone to care for them after school, according to Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness organization. As families are transitioning from summer to fall, the Cass County Family YMCA is offering programs to school-aged children throughout Logansport to keep youth active, busy and engaged during out-of-school time. Through a well-rounded 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 nurtures the potential of youth throughout the school year.

“Over 11 million children are unsupervised between 3 and 6pm, an essential time to help increase children’s success in school,” said Brandon Collins, Programs Director, Cass County Family Y. “Afterschool at the Y is an opportunity for families to ensure their kids are receiving additional support, continued learning and a chance to participate in meaningful activities that can inspire children’s motivations and help them reach their potential.”

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 Cass County Family Y’s afterschool program youth receive a snack, homework help and active play/sports time. 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 Cass County Family Y also partners with the Logansport Community School Corporation and Youth Service Alliance as a service site for the 21st Century Community Learning Center program.  Children in this program are referred by the school corporation and receive extra support and attention in a range of areas that assist with academic success. These areas include a special focus on STEM studies.

Careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) are projected to grow 17 percent over the next few years, and the Y is helping youth develop strong problem-solving, planning, analysis and decision-making skills to succeed in the classroom and in high-demand careers through its partnership with the 21st Century Community Learning Center program.

For more information about the Cass County Family Y’s afterschool program, please contact Brandon Collins, Programs Director, at (574) 753-5141 or brandon.collins@casscountyymca.org.

SOURCE: News release from Cass County Family Y

About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.