Find Your Reason to Give Nurturing Young Minds

When you choose to support childcare and youth development programs at the YMCA, you’re not just making a donation; you’re becoming the driving force behind positive change in the lives of our youth. Your generosity nurtures the potential of children and adolescents, instilling values, igniting dreams, and preparing them to conquer the world.

Every child who experiences the enriching environment of our programs is a testament to your impact. You provide a safe haven for children to learn, grow, and flourish. With your support, we can offer a lifeline to families who depend on quality childcare, ensuring parents, caregivers, and guardians have peace of mind while children engage in educational and character-building experiences.

Your contribution goes beyond dollars; it shapes futures. It’s about fostering a sense of belonging, empowering self-confidence, and building young leaders who will inspire and create a brighter tomorrow.

When you find your reason to give, you’re making an investment that pays off in smiles, laughter, and boundless potential. Join us, and let’s continue nurturing young minds together.

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As we wrap up the year, our commitment to being a vital resource for the community remains unwavering, whether it’s aiding students, supporting fitness goals, or fostering social connections among seniors. Witness these stories to experience our dedication to Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility, and join us in making a positive impact as we continue to empower youth, promote well-being, and inspire positive change in our communities.

Screenshot of Annette Franklin during her My Y Story interview as she sits in a group exercise room with equipment behind her.

Finding Her Sanctuary

“There are not many places available for moms where we can develop socially, spiritually, emotionally, and be able to give that back to our kids.”

Thanks to our Child Development Center, Annette was able to unwind while her child socialized with peers, both of them receiving the care and attention they deserved. YMCA believes in providing the best services to our members, which is why we offer two hours of free child care. This benefit changed her life and made a difference when she needed it most.

Four preschool students at the Osceola YMCA Learning Center

Growing at the Learning Center

The Learning Center has been providing high-quality, affordable early education programs to little ones for more than a decade!

Our priority is to provide a safe, stimulating atmosphere for children while meeting the needs of working parents! We offer families convenient childcare options available throughout the week.

Group of teen basketball players hugging Coach Seth Millis

Beyond Winning Games

“If you’re here, you’re family.”

Coach Seth Millis approaches his role at the Y as more than just winning games. He prioritizes personal growth, character development, and creating a positive and inclusive environment for his players. Building strong relationships and fostering open communication, Seth instills values of teamwork, resilience, and sportsmanship. Seth’s impact extends beyond the field as he supports his players outside of practices and games, serving as a mentor and positive role model. For Seth, coaching at the Y is about making a lasting difference in the lives of his players beyond the final score.

Image of YMCA volleyball coach Odean Clarke throwing a volleyball up in a gym

Sharing Life Values

“It’s important to pay it forward. You don’t have to be a specialist in that sport. You just have to be willing. You just have to care.”

Coach Odean Clarke volunteers to make a difference in the lives of young athletes. In this heartfelt testimonial, Coach Odean shares how he believes in using volleyball as a tool to teach important life skills and values.

Making dreams a reality

“Without the YMCA I don’t know how my kids would’ve received the experience they’re getting now in sports or even to be part of a family, because the YMCA is family to us.”

The Laing family moved to Orlando from the Bahamas for more academic, spiritual, and social opportunities. Franklin, their son, plays basketball at the Y and dreams of playing in the NBA. Victory, their daughter, received a scholarship to develop her soccer skills.

Getting access for everyone

“That day, my pastor Brad said, ‘The church is going to sponsor the kids for summer camp.’ I didn’t tell them until we got to the camp the next week! It was a big blessing.”

Grayling knows that being there for his kids, Trey and Evalyn, matters more than anything. As a full-time single father, he works hard to make sure they don’t miss out on any experiences.

Childcare at the Y

Boy sitting on a yoga mat at Leonard & Marjorie Williams Family YMCA in the Packing District

Child Dvelopment Center

In today’s fast-paced world, the YMCA is here to support parents and children alike. Our Child Development Center, provided at no extra cost for Y members, offers a safe and enriching space for children aged 6 weeks to 12 years old. While kids play and learn under the supervision of our dedicated staff, parents can enjoy their Y activities, knowing their children are in good hands. This service provides vital support for busy parents, allowing them the flexibility to leave their children for up to two hours a day. By supporting childcare programs at the YMCA, you empower parents to prioritize self-care and provide young hearts with the opportunity to flourish, make friends, and build a brighter future. Your support makes a significant impact, nurturing both parents and children in our community.

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School Programs

Our school programs are designed to go beyond academics, instilling essential life skills that are in perfect alignment with our core values. We understand that education is not limited to textbooks; it’s about preparing children for life. By focusing on both academic excellence and vital life skills, we are dedicated to helping kids not only close the achievement gap but also build a strong foundation for their future success. Our programs offer children the opportunity to thrive academically and personally, creating a brighter, more promising path forward. Your support for these childcare initiatives at the YMCA makes it possible for children to grow, learn, and become well-rounded individuals, and your impact is immeasurable.

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Y Explorers

Y Explorers is an enrichment program developed specifically for children in grades K-5 who are looking for an engaging after-school activity. Under the supervision of YMCA team members, kids participate in exciting, age-appropriate activities based on their interests. From STEM and art to theater and board games, this program allows children to explore different themes and topics.

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