The YMCA of Greater Erie has received a $13,500 Swim Access grant from the YMCA of the USA to offer scholarships for one-session of free swimming lessons to 225 children.
With fatal drowning as the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages one to 14 years-old, the problem is particularly acute among minority communities. African American children ages 5 to 14 are three times more likely to drown than their white counterparts. The disparity is partly due to the lack of swimming experience among these children.
The Eastside Family Y will offer lessons to participants at the Boys & Girls Club; the Glenwood Park Y will offer lessons to participants in the Aetna Better Health program – a health plan offered to low-income eligible participants; and the Downtown Y will offer lessons to City of Erie youth.
Registration for swimming lessons at the Glenwood Park and Downtown Ys is open and the sessions begin September 18 and September 19. Proof of City of Erie residence or Aetna Better Health insurance card must be presented at time of registration and scholarships are limited.
Parents are reminded of the importance of consistent attendance for the entire course. The skills gained through these swim lessons can last a life time. For the child to maximize the benefits of this swim session, regular attendance is most important. Full participation is expected during each 30-minute lesson. Attendance will be closely monitored.
Click here for Swim Lesson Schedule.