At the Y, we respond to a lot of needs in the community. When you think of us, certain things always seem to regularly come to mind. Health, wellness, sports, swimming, camp, a safe place for teens…and the list goes on.
However, who would have ever thought put the Y and education together? Is that really something anyone would think could be a good pairing? After all, what does the Y really know about that realm?
Well, I think you might just be a little surprised when I tell you we are doing a lot. For instance, our Y sponsored a program at Moore Middle centered on college access and awareness, and culminated in a group of middle schoolers attending the largest Model United Nations Conference in the US.
We also operate the largest childcare system in the state of Kentucky and are partnering with JCPS on several education initiatives, focused on reducing the “summer slide” that students and teachers contend with each new school year, improving classroom performance, reading at grade level, and providing the necessary data to help set future educational policies.
The Black Achievers program, in partnership with our business community, along with countless volunteers and mentors, has provided millions of dollars in scholarships for deserving young minority students who earned their way to college through their classroom performance.
The programming that our Safe Place Services Branch provides to teens in crisis and families needing help to stay together is invaluable in giving kids the second chance they need to restart their life on a positive path.
We are also an active member of the Louisville College Access Network, whose regular meetings provide a networking opportunity for organization focused on education from across our area.
These, along with many other programs the Y offers, are already helping to prepare our children for school and life, and are promoting the importance of education.
However, given everything we are currently doing, we still saw a need to step our game up a bit, and that is exactly what we are doing.
We are starting to embark on a very intentional and enthusiastic journey deeper into the education movement with the adoption of an “Education Cabinet.” This cabinet will consist of staff and partners involved in education from across the city, in the hopes of guiding our future educational endeavours. The task of this group will be to chart our course as we respond to another need identified by our community…..and perhaps our greatest need.
It is extrememly exciting to bewhat can only be called a pioneer, as our organization moves forward, and expands the horizon on who we are and who the community needs us to be. As a part of our collective local family, we take the trust that is given to us seriously, and have pledged to always respond when called to do so.
Please visit our webpage at http://www.ymcalouisville.org/youth-development/education-leadership/college-preparation-exploration.html to link to some valuable partner resources and see what we are doing as an organization right now. Also, be on the look out for more great news to come.
Have a great day, and read a little bit to a child today if you get the chance. I am pretty sure they will love it…..and so will you.