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After School, The Y Helps Kids Reach Their Potential

A new school year is filled with potential—a chance to start new routines and habits, build new friendships and discover new possibilities and interests. It’s an exciting time for many kids, however—at the end of the school day, 1 in 5 children kids do not have someone to care for them after school, according to Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness organization. As families are transitioning from summer to fall, the Y at Pabst Farms is offering programs to school-aged children throughout Oconomowoc School District, Arrowhead feeder schools and Dousman Elementary to keep youth active, busy and engaged during out-of-school time. Through a well-rounded approach to youth development, the Y’s programs offers activities in a caring and safe environment during the critical hours after school. Whether through sports, mentorship, or academic support, the Y nurture the potential of youth throughout the school year.

 “Over 11 million children are unsupervised between 3 and 6pm, an essential time to help increase children’s success in school,” said Keri Kaun, Youth Development Director, YMCA at Pabst Farms. “Afterschool at the Y is an opportunity for families to ensure their kids are receiving additional support, continued learning and a chance to participate in meaningful activities that can inspire children’s motivations and help them reach their potential.”

The Y is a leading nonprofit committed to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, supporting their social-emotional, cognitive and physical development from birth to career. In the YMCA at Pabst Farm’s afterschool program youth receive help completing homework and can also explore science experiments, art activities, group games and making long lasting memories with new friends. Financial assistance is available to those in need, to ensure every child and teen has the opportunity to learn and grow at the Y.

HEPA INTEGRATION

The Y at Pabst Farms employs Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards in our afterschool programs that help build a healthier future for our nation’s children by encouraging healthy eating habits, limiting screen time and providing physical activity to keep every child healthy. Specifically, we encourage youth to try seasonal fruits at vegetables daily while learning about how other cultures incorporate the foods in their regular diets.

For more information about the Y’s afterschool program, please contact Keri Kaun, Youth Development Director, at kkaun@oconymca.org or visit ymcaatpabstfarms.org.

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