After School, Kids Discover Their Potential at the Y

STAMFORD, Conn., September 8, 2017- The Stamford Family YMCA (“The Y”) announced that it has been awarded a grant from United Way of Western Connecticut totaling $36,000. This investment will support the The Y’s LEAD Academy after school program. “We are thrilled to be the recipient of these United Way grants, which will help us continue to have an impact throughout the city of Stamford,” explained YMCA CEO Clinton Hamilton. “Our programs provide vital support and we are privileged to serve the community.” The 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, 11.3 million kids head to homes where they are unsupervised form 3 to 6 p.m. according to Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness organization. As children transition from summer to fall, the Stamford Family YMCA is offering programs to school-aged children throughout Stamford to keep youth active, busy and engaged during out-of-school time. Through a well-rounded approach to youth development, the Y’s LEAD Academy program offers activities in a caring and safe environment during the critical hours after school. Whether through sports, mentorship, or academic support, the Y nurture the potential of youth throughout the school year. “One in five children do not have someone to care for them after school, an essential time to help increase children’s success in school,” said Danielle Jean-Guillaume Sittol, Youth, Family & Camp Director at The 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 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 Stamford Family YMCA’s LEAD Academy afterschool program youth receive help with homework and can also explore enrichment activities in literacy, arts, fitness and nutrtion, and water safety and instructional swim. Through the generous funding from the United Way of Western Connecticut, the Stamford Family YMCA is able to provide financial assistance to those in need, to ensure every child has the opportunity to learn and grow at the Y.

 

For more information about the Stamford YMCA’s LEAD Academy program or to register your child, contact Danielle Jean-Guillaume Sittol by email at danielle@stamfordymca.org.

 

 

About the Stamford Family YMCA

Since 1868, The Stamford Family YMCA has made its mission to provide the community with a safe and nurturing environment for children and teens to reach their potential; adults to create healthier lifestyles; and neighbors to support each other and give back to the community. The Y strives not to turn people away for inability to pay and operates thanks to the generosity of members, donors and corporate sponsors. The Y is located at 10 Bell Street, just east of Washington Boulevard. It offers complimentary parking for members in the Bell Street parking garage. For further information call 203-357-7000 or visit www.stamfordymca.org.

 

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