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, 11.3 million kids head to homes where they are unsupervised from 3 to 6 p.m. according to Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness organization.
As children transition from summer to fall, the Quincy Family YMCA is offering programs to school-aged children throughout Quincy 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.
“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 Michelle Terwelp, Marketing Director. “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.”
In the Quincy Family YMCA’s afterschool program youth receive help with homework or tutoring from our counselors and can also explore hands-on science, math and writing activities, recreational and daily fitness activities, and arts and crafts.
Transportation is provided from any school in Quincy.
Financial assistance is available to those in need, to ensure every child and teen has the opportunity to learn and grow at the Y. West Central Child Care Connection and DCFS participants are welcomed. In addition to afterschool care, the Y is available for school out days and holiday breaks.
For more information about the Quincy Family YMCA’s afterschool program, please contact Kristen Lay, Program Director, at (217) 222-9622 ext. 210 or visit quincyymca.net.