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The YMCA's Junior Ninjas

The Greenpoint YMCA

“Every day is a Y day,” says Greenpoint YMCA Director of Fund Development and Communications Tatiana Terzuoli. Indeed, seven days a week, the 106 year old community institution offers programs in youth development, healthy living and social responsibility to kids as young as 18 months.

For the littlest ones, there are My Grown Up and Me Classes, in which members participate in movement, art and socialization activities. Three Early Childhood Pre-K Classes offer individualized attention to kids 2 to 5 years of age. Children make creative decisions based on interest in a collaborative process that emphasizes project based learning. The Y Aquatics Program is open to kids from 18 months and up and follows the national YMCA curriculum incorporating personal safety, personal growth, stroke development, water games and rescue. Other programs, such as Fit Families, Family Cooking and Family Zumba are great activities in which kids can participate alongside their parents and siblings.

The Greenpoint Y also offers Enrichment Classes that positively aid in child development, such as music lessons, cooking, ballet, youth cooking, chess and robotics. This past session, children were taught pre-engineering skills in a “Rockets” class. On a field trip to the park, parents and children were able to safely launch child rockets built during the course and watch them parachute back down to the ground.

Afterschool programs for ages 5 to 12 provide a safe, nurturing environment for participants during the hours between the final school bell and when parents return home from work. Children develop meaningful adult and peer relationships, while participating in activities including homework help, math and science projects, fitness, swimming and more.

All Greenpoint Y programs are facilitated by knowledgeable teachers. This year’s most popular were ballet, youth cooking and perennial favorite swimming.

Parents are also invited to get in on the action. Several programs, such as parent workshops and music lessons, support parent and family development. Parents teach many of the Y’s classes, which contributes to their investments in the programs. Annual events such as Spirit Day, Healthy Kids Day and an Annual Holiday Show also allow kids and families to spend time together doing fun activities.

“Community involvement, commitment, variety and quality set our programs apart,” noted Terzuoli. “We offer programs for every age group so children can literally grow up in the Y. They can come in at 6-months and stay with us until adulthood and parents know we provide a safe and enriching environment for the entire family.”

The Y offers full and partial scholarships to ensure that no child or family is turned away because of an inability to pay.

Greenpoint YMCA
99 Meserole Avenue
ymcanyc.org/greenpoint

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