YMCA of Greater Erie

Big BiteA new school year means a fresh start for kids- a chance to start new routines and habits, build new friendships and discover new possibilities and interests.  Back-to-school is a fresh start for youth and the people who care for them.  As children transition from summer to fall, the Y is offering programs to school-aged children throughout Erie County.

Through a holistic approach to youth development, the Y’s program offers activities in a caring and safe environment during the critical hours after school.  Whether through sports, mentorship, or academic support, the Y’s afterschool program’s staff nurtures the potential of youth throughout the school year.

Combining play with academics, the Y fills gaps in school by offering enrichment through arts, music, physical education, sports and nutrition.

YMCA character values – caring, honesty, respect and responsibility help kids discover who they are and what they can achieve.  Through new skills and positive role models, better health and educational achievement, kids are confident today and will become contributing adults tomorrow.

Structured activities include science, group projects, environmental awareness, arts and crafts, games, sports components, field trips, and more. Children also have time to tackle homework with the help of well-trained Y staff who know how to challenge and listen to them.

The Y is also a site-based mentoring location for Big Brothers and Big Sisters.  If your child is enrolled in our School-Age Enrichment program, at your request, he or she can be matched with a pre-qualified Big Brother or Big Sister.  Ask your Program Director for more information.

A healthy breakfast and snack is included in your daily rate. Our programs include transportation from school to the Y and school-based programs conveniently located directly in the school.  And, because we are the Y, financial assistance is available to make sure that afterschool programming is available to all kids.

Call for a personal tour and visit!