The Y. So Much More™
Because we know that healthy lifestyles are achieved through nurturing mind, body and spirit, well-being and fitness at the Y is so much more than just working out.
Summer at the Y aims to ensure that our most vulnerable youth beat the odds that are stacked up against them. Families that are facing financial hardships can be sure that their children are safe and well cared for.
Nakesha's children had never been to the zoo, they had never had a vacation. Nakesha learned about programs at the Y, and knew that this is just what she and her kids needed, a place that cared, and wanted to see her and her family succeed.
She lost her daughter, her health was declining, and she had two young grandchildren in her care. Thomasine felt hopeless, that's when she turned to the YMCA of Central Virginia, where she found hope, and a new lease on life.
Beyond fitness facilities, we provide programs to promote healthier decisions, and offer a variety of programs that support physical, intellectual and spiritual strength.
CLOSING THE GAP.
Whether it’s gaining the confidence that comes from learning to swim or building the positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork, the Y's Achievement Gap Programs is about building the whole child, from the inside out.
Intervention, enrichment activities, nutritious meals and a safe space during the summer means that kids can go back to school in the fall, feeling confident and empowered.
A SPACE FOR HEALING AND HOPE.
After a move that promised a fresh start, Rhonda found herself in a tough situation. Desperate to provide normalcy for her and her 4 children, she turned to the Y, only to find out later that she had cancer.
Through relationship forged at the Y, people find hope, healing, a sense of belonging and a place where they can pursue their quest for a full and healthy life.
When Owen was diagnosed with a proprioceptive sensory disorder his mom turned to the Y for the help she knew her son would need. Read Owen's amazing story below, and learn how the Y gave him the tools and confidence to literally, defeat obstacles.
August 19, 2017
I am writing to follow up with you following the participation of my seven year old, Owen, in your event, Face the Forest. Almost two years ago, Owen was diagnosed with a proprioceptive sensory disorder. When he went for his initial occupational therapy evaluation, he failed every gross motor task. At that point, I put him in swim lessons and Kempo(with Andy and Heather) at the Jamerson YMCA. He also participated in flag football this spring and goes to the kids gymon a regular basis. Through the combination of these physical activities he has resolved his signs and symptoms of that disorder. Not only that, he has become part of the YMCA community in a major way.
The community aspect of the YMCA, in addition to his improved motor coordination through the physical activities, has been of tremendous benefit to his confidence. This year, he asked me if we could do Face the Forest together and I signed us up to do it. He was so anxious and a little irritable but upon arriving to the event he was greeted by Miss Meredith from childwatch and Mrs. Tracey from Kids Gym. Soon after, Josh Yoda arrived, who was one of his football coaches, and gave him a pep talk. All throughout the course he saw friendly and familiar faces that cheered him on and boosted his confidence (Terry, Marie, Julia, Tyran, Gary, Robert, and Faith). He completed every obstacle, most of them unassisted, and is already talking about doing it again next year. As a bonus, his occupational therapist who successfully discharged him from her service signed up and went through the course at the same time and got to see how great he did! What a boost to all! Being part of the YMCA has been of tremendous benefit to Owen and I have seen him mature and grow so much over the last year. My heart is so grateful for the community, support, and genuine investment in helping him grow!
From a grateful mom,