YMCA program allows learning to continue after the school bell rings

ESCANABA – When the school day ends, children and teens need opportunities to learn and engage in meaningful activities. Their success out of school can have a positive effect on their success in school. Unfortunately, 15.1 million children nationwide are left unsupervised after 3 p.m. and do not participate in afterschool programs, according to Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness advocacy organization. To help close this gap, the Northern Lights YMCS is offering a quality afterschool program.

Combining play with academics, the Y’s afterschool program provides learning enrichment through arts, music, physical education, sports and nutrition. It also provides children with an extra support system to help them achieve and reach their full potential. As a leading nonprofit committed to youth development, and a pioneer in afterschool programs, the Y believes guidance, encouragement and support through positive role models, along the learning continuum from early learning and preschool to high school graduation and college provide the best chance for youth to succeed in school and life.

“Learning enrichment after school is essential to increasing children’s success in school,” said Angie LaBay, Child Care Director at Northern Lights YMCA. “The opportunity to get additional learning and support and participate in meaningful activities can inspire the motivation and ability to succeed.”

Studies show participation in afterschool programs helps boost school attendance and academic performance and reduces gaps in academic achievement among children from disadvantaged households.

In the Northern Lights YMCA’s afterschool program youth receive homework help, snacks, arts, crafts, and tutoring. We are now serving two convenient locations: Holy Name grade school for our Escanaba Children and Cameron Elementary for the Gladstone Children. Financial assistance is available to those in need, to ensure every child and teen has the opportunity to learn and grow at the Y.

For more information about the Northern Lights YMCA’s afterschool program and to enroll, please contact Angie LaBay, Child Care Director, at 789-0202 or alabay@nlymca.com.