Blog https://kansascityymca.org/ en Discounted Y Learning Academy and Y Club Academy Available for Johnson County Families https://kansascityymca.org/blog/discounted-y-learning-academy-and-y-club-academy-available-johnson-county-families <span>Discounted Y Learning Academy and Y Club Academy Available for Johnson County Families</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>September 25, 2020</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2020-09/academy-teacher-children.jpg?itok=Vxv7upQG" width="500" height="333" alt="Teacher with three students, all wearing facemasks" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The Johnson County Board of Commissioners has awarded CARES Act funds to provide school-age remote learning and child care programs. The YMCA of Greater Kansas City has received a portion of these funds, which will allow us to provide full-day Y Learning Academy and Y Club Academy after school at discounted rates to families.</p> <p>We’re grateful to the county for supporting families with these funds, which will allow us to provide much-needed education support.</p> <p>Funds will be available to <strong>families who live or work in Johnson County</strong> and <strong>attest to an annual adjusted gross household income of up to $150,000.</strong> No documentation is required to verify income. </p> <p>To apply, complete the steps below. </p> <h3><strong>STEP 1</strong></h3> <p><strong>If you have not registered for Y Learning Academy or Y Club Academy yet:</strong> Register for the program(s) you need. Space is limited. Register early. No payment will be required at the time of registration. However, you must provide payment info for when the discount ends and programs return to regular weekly fees in January 2021.</p> <p><a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/academy">Register for Y Learning Academy</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/yclub">Register for Y Club Academy</a></p> <p> <strong>If you are already enrolled in Y Learning Academy or Y Club Academy:</strong> Go to STEP 2. </p> <h3> <strong>STEP 2</strong></h3> <p><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScU9Zm0PFdu5KXFl-kDvjV7qI7S5i7YtIQ2AM04Vwbajj2iCA/viewform">Apply for Discount</a></p> <h3> <strong>Who Qualifies for Funds? </strong></h3> <p>Funds will be available to <strong>families who live or work in Johnson County</strong> and attest to an <strong>annual adjusted gross household income of up to $150,000</strong>. No documentation is required to verify income. </p> <p>The parents/guardians in the household must also meet <strong>at least one of the following criteria:</strong> </p> <ul><li>Employed full-time</li> <li>Attending school full-time</li> <li>Participating in a certified workforce training program</li> <li>Looking for full-time work</li> <li>Lacking a safe option for child care</li> </ul><p>Funds will be awarded on a sliding scale based on income at 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% discounts.</p> <p>The Y is committed to serving all, and does not want cost to be a barrier to participation in programs. Families receiving less than 100% discounts may qualify for additional discounts to further reduce the cost of the program. <br />  </p> <h3><strong>Application Process</strong></h3> <p>Applications will begin to be processed on Monday, September 28. You must complete both the online registration and the application for your application to be processed.</p> <p>The discounted rates will be in effect through December 31, 2020. Discounts will be applied to upcoming weeks of care through the end of the year and are not retroactive. Programs will return to regular weekly fees in January 2021.</p> <p>The Y will accept applications until funding is depleted.</p> <p>You will receive an email when your application is processed that will include the amount of the discount and when it begins and ends.</p> <p>If you have any questions, please contact our office at 816.360.3390 or email <a href="mailto:yclubsupport@kansascityymca.org?subject=Application%20for%20Discounted%20Rates">YClubSupport@KansasCityYMCA.org</a>.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Fri, 25 Sep 2020 18:17:09 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 26391 at https://kansascityymca.org Build Skills, Relationships in Y Home School Programs https://kansascityymca.org/blog/build-skills-relationships-y-home-school-programs <span>Build Skills, Relationships in Y Home School Programs</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>September 21, 2020</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2020-09/0032179_1600x1066_0.jpg?itok=QSoJn2JL" width="500" height="333" alt="Child swimming in indoor pool" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Y home school programs are a great opportunity for children to interact with each other in a fun, friendly and safe environment. Home school students have the opportunity to learn new skills, make friends and build relationships.</p> <p>Programs vary by location, with some offering drop-in opportunities in addition to full semester sessions. New sessions will be added throughout the year. Please check back for updates.</p> <p><strong>EXPLORE |</strong> <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search?txtActivitySearch=home%20school&amp;applyFiltersDefaultValue=true&amp;cat=Activities">Click here</a> to see all current home school programs at the Y</p> <h4>Atchison Family YMCA/Cray Community Center</h4> <p><strong>Home School PE</strong><br /> Kids learn lifetime skills, recreation development and the opportunity for social interaction. Students will learn about good eating and exercise habits, as well as the basic skills of exercise and sports.</p> <p>Registration for the fall session has closed. Please check back later for spring session information.</p> <h4>Olathe Family YMCA</h4> <p><strong>Home School Swim Lessons</strong><br /> Learn the basics of water safety and self preservation skills in a fun, structured setting.<br /> Price: $35 for Y members; $70 for community participants</p> <p>Available sessions (weekly):</p> <p>Ages 6-13 <br /><a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/olathe-home-school-swim-lessons-advanced-ages-6-13/37945">Tuesdays 10:35 to 11:05</a> or <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/olathe-home-school-swim-lessons-advanced-ages-6-13/37946">Thursdays 10:35 to 11:05</a></p> <p>Ages 3-6 (Beginner)<br /><a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/olathe-home-school-swim-lessons-beginner-ages-3-to-6/37943">Tuesdays 10:35-11:05</a> or <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/olathe-home-school-swim-lessons-beginner-ages-3-to-6/37947">Thursdays 10:35-11:05</a></p> <p>Ages  4-10 (Intermediate)<br /><a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/olathe-home-school-swim-lessons-intermediate-ages-4-10/37944">Tuesdays 10:35-11:05</a> or <a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/olathe-home-school-swim-lessons-intermediate-ages-4-10/37948">Thursdays 10:35-11:05</a></p> <p><strong>Kids Yoga (<a href="https://kansascityymca.org/membership">Y membership required</a>)</strong><br /> Yoga class with a licensed instructor for youth ages 7-13 on Tuesdays 5-5:45 p.m. Free. No registration required, just drop in!</p> <p><strong>Youth Fit (<a href="https://kansascityymca.org/membership">Y membership required</a>)</strong><br /> Floor exercises, agility fitness and fun for ages 7-13 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-5:30 p.m. Free. No registration required, just drop in!</p> <h4>Platte County Community Center North</h4> <p><strong>Home School PE: Health, Music and Movement (30 minutes PE and health, 30 minutes of music and movement)</strong><br /> Youth enjoy enriching experiences through physical education, health, music and movement programs that keep them active and creative, where they will meet new friends and build relationships.</p> <p>Tuesdays: 1-2 p.m.<br /><a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search/pcccn-home-school-pe-health-music-and-movement/37915">12-week session</a> - 9/22-12/15 (No classes the week of Thanksgiving): $75 for members; $100 for community participants<br /><a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search?txtActivitySearch=PCCCN%20Home%20School&amp;applyFiltersDefaultValue=true&amp;cat=Activities">Drop-in rate</a>: $12 for members; $25 for community participants</p> <p><a href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/kansascityymca/Activity_Search?txtActivitySearch=home%20school&amp;applyFiltersDefaultValue=true&amp;cat=Activities">Register online</a> or at the Welcome Center.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Mon, 21 Sep 2020 17:00:33 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 26361 at https://kansascityymca.org Now Hiring: Attend Our Drive-Thru Interview Sessions https://kansascityymca.org/blog/now-hiring-attend-our-drive-thru-interview-sessions <span>Now Hiring: Attend Our Drive-Thru Interview Sessions</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>August 29, 2020</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2020-08/unnamed.gif?itok=lKcMHg3n" width="500" height="281" alt="Find a fun and fulfilling role at the Y" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The YMCA of Greater Kansas City <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/about/careers">is hiring</a>! As the leading nonprofit for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y is looking for talented associates to help us make our community stronger. All employees have the opportunity to learn and grow through training opportunities.</p> <p>Our association currently has needs in the following areas:</p> <ul><li>Full-Time and Part-Time Positions</li> <li>Y Club and Y Learning Academy: Site Supervisors, Learning Coaches and Youth Leaders </li> <li>Center Operations: Member Engagement Representatives, Lifeguards, Swim Instructors, Sports Officials </li> <li>Head Start: Teachers and Teacher Assistants</li> </ul><p><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/about/careers">Click here to view all job opportunities at the Y.</a></p> <p>Join us for drive-through interviews on the following dates:</p> <ul><li><strong>CANCELLED BECAUSE OF RAIN: Saturday, August 29 -</strong> 9 a.m. to noon at the The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, 13720 Roe Ave., Leawood, Kansas</li> <li><strong>Monday, August 31 -</strong> 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, 13720 Roe Ave., Leawood, Kansas</li> </ul><p>Here's what you can do to prepare for your drive-through interview:</p> <ol><li>Check out current job openings at <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/about/careers">KansasCityYMCA.org/Jobs</a></li> <li>Complete the online application for the position(s) you are interested in. </li> <li>Attend any of our drive-through interview sessions. Be prepared to tell us more about why you are interested in working for the Y, your interests and skills.  </li> </ol><p><strong>Safety Protocols</strong> - The Y will observe all safety protocols, including wearing masks and social distancing. We will have masks available or you may bring your own.</p> <h4>OUR JOBS MEAN MORE </h4> <p>Being a part of the Y team is so much more than customer service, sales, or childcare. It’s about fostering achievement, relationships and belonging.</p> <h4><strong>Plus:</strong></h4> <p><strong>Free Y membership:</strong> When you work for the Y, you’ll enjoy the perks of being a Y member including access to all 11 Y centers and discounts on programs, childcare and summer day camp.</p> <p><strong>Flexible Schedules:</strong> Part-time and full-time positions are available, making jobs at the Y ideal for students and non-students alike.</p> <p><strong>The best co-workers ever:</strong> In our Y centers and Before and After School Y Clubs, you’ll work among others who share a mission of creating a welcoming, safe family atmosphere for children and families in our communities. Plus, it’s a great place to make new friends who share a desire to make our community a better place.</p> <p>The YMCA of Greater Kansas City is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veteran and committed to diversity and inclusion throughout our organization. </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Sat, 29 Aug 2020 13:00:00 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 26236 at https://kansascityymca.org New In-Person Program to Support Virtual Learning https://kansascityymca.org/blog/new-person-program-support-virtual-learning <span>New In-Person Program to Support Virtual Learning</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>July 31, 2020</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2020-08/group-kids-teacher-sm.jpg?itok=AEH92o0i" width="500" height="333" alt="Students and teacher wearing facemasks" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>As schools across the metro are offering virtual and remote learning options for the start of the school year, the Y is working with local districts to support you and your family. </p> <p><strong>Introducing Y Learning Academy </strong></p> <p>Y Learning Academy will provide full-day, in-person support for children ages 5-12. Working with school district teaching partners, our Learning Coaches will support each student with virtual learning assignments from their school, and deliver the Y’s holistic youth development curriculum.</p> <p>Academic support will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with the option to add care from 7-8:30 a.m. and 3:30-6 p.m. to accommodate families' work schedules.</p> <p><strong>Solutions for Families </strong></p> <p>During these challenging times, Y Learning Academy supports families who: </p> <ul><li>Are enrolled for in-person learning at their school but need a temporary solution because their school currently is not offering full-time, in-person learning. </li> <li>Want an alternative to home virtual learning or in-person learning at school with a smaller learning environment, academic support, and strict health and safety protocol.</li> <li>Work at home or outside of the home and need support to meet continuous learning requirements from the school, district and state.</li> <li>Don't have sufficient internet access for successful virtual learning at home.</li> </ul><p><strong>Flexible Schedules </strong></p> <p>Depending on your circumstance, Y Academy enrollment can be daily or weekly. Y Learning Academy can fit a variety of schedules, such as:</p> <ul><li>Your school district is offering virtual learning only, and you need support 5 days a week.</li> <li>Your school district is offering a “blended” schedule with a combination of in-person learning at school and remote learning, and you need support 1-5 days a week.</li> <li>Your family is choosing a full-time virtual option and wants daily guidance and support.</li> </ul><p>The cost will be approximately $40-$60 per day.</p> <p><strong>Your Partners in Education</strong></p> <p>We’re coordinating with local school districts to make sure Y Learning Academy can support district schedules and curriculum. Staffed by trained YMCA Youth Development associates, the program would be a combination of school-directed virtual learning, YMCA holistic curriculum, and other components based on the needs of families who enroll.</p> <p>More than traditional camp counselors or daycare workers, our Learning Coaches are trained to provide academic support and will partner directly with school district teaching staff to ensure compliance, cooperation and success.</p> <p><strong>Health and Safety</strong></p> <p>Your child’s health and safety remains a priority. We’ll apply our experience in providing child care for essential workers and summer day camp programs to maintain a safe environment at Y Learning Academy. <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/programs/before-and-after-school/health-safety">Learn more about our health and safety protocol.</a></p> <p><strong>We Want to Hear From You</strong></p> <p><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfZoo4aBS-rBHgynsQIe5PiKcwbaPUyZfnsvCyfTXjZer5U5g/viewform">Please complete this short survey</a> about your needs as school resumes. Your feedback will help us develop the Y Learning Academy program and additional school support options.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Fri, 31 Jul 2020 19:10:06 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 26166 at https://kansascityymca.org COVID-19 Response: Latest Updates https://kansascityymca.org/blog/covid-19-response-latest-updates <span>COVID-19 Response: Latest Updates</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>July 31, 2020</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2020-03/facility_update2.jpg?itok=tDBEgZH5" width="500" height="263" alt="Announcement" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p dir="ltr">Here are the latest updates regarding Y operations and programs as we respond to public health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We are closely monitoring this situation, and we will update this blog regularly as plans change and new information becomes available. </p> <h4 dir="ltr"><strong>UPDATE 7/31 - 2 p.m.</strong></h4> <p>As schools across the metro are offering virtual and remote learning options for the start of the school year, the Y is working with local districts to support families. Y Learning Academy will provide full-day, in-person support for children ages 5-12. Working with school district teaching partners, our Learning Coaches will support each student with virtual learning assignments from their school, and deliver the Y’s holistic youth development curriculum. <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/blog/new-person-program-support-virtual-learning">Learn more.</a></p> <h4><strong>UPDATE 7/22 - 7 a.m.</strong></h4> <p>Several Y camps have added weeks to their schedule to accommodate children who will start school after Labor Day. Visit <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/camp">KansasCityYMCA.org/Camp</a> for the latest updates and to register or add weeks to your current camp enrollment.</p> <h4 dir="ltr">UPDATE 6/26 - 9 a.m.</h4> <p dir="ltr">Kids Zone and more group exercise classes will be available at all Ys beginning Monday, June 29. Get the latest updates on expanded hours and amenities at <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/reopening">KansasCityYMCA.org/Reopening</a>.</p> <h4 dir="ltr">UPDATE 6/11 - 3:30 p.m.</h4> <p dir="ltr">The next phase of reopening our Ys begins on June 15. Get the latest updates on expanded hours and amenities, including pools and Kids Zone, at <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/reopening">KansasCityYMCA.org/Reopening</a>.</p> <h4 dir="ltr">UPDATE 5/28 - 4:40 p.m.</h4> <p dir="ltr">The next phase of reopening our Ys begins on June 1. It includes opening additional Ys, and expanding hours and amenities, including pools, at other locations. <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/blog/phase-2-reopening-begins-june-1">Learn more in this update from President and CEO John Mikos.</a> </p> <h4 dir="ltr">UPDATE 5/22 - 11:20 a.m.</h4> <p dir="ltr">Y Day Camps will open this summer with new health and safety procedures. <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/programs/summer-camps/camp-faq">Learn more in our updated FAQs</a> and <a href="https://youtu.be/_Sti8yLXhF4">this video update from President and CEO John Mikos</a>.</p> <h4 dir="ltr">UPDATE 5/15/2020 - 11:45 a.m.</h4> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/reopening">Visit our updated FAQs</a> for more information about our reopening plans and a video update.</p> <h4 dir="ltr">UPDATE 5/15/2020 - 9:45 a.m.</h4> <p dir="ltr">Y Summer Day Camp locations are finalized. <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/programs/summer-camps/explore-camps/youth-day-camp">View camp locations and registration.</a></p> <h4>UPDATE 5/11 - 5:50 p.m.</h4> <p>We are thrilled to begin reopening our facilities, welcoming back our members and the community, and getting back to what we do best – helping everyone reach their full potential. Please review important information below about reopening plans and what to expect when you return to the Y in <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/blog/select-ymcas-begin-reopen-soon">this update from President and CEO John Mikos</a>.</p> <h4>UPDATE 5/5 - 3:30 p.m.</h4> <p>We are excited to open our doors to welcome you back to our YMCAs. Because we operate in multiple states, counties and cities, we plan to reopen facilities in phases and will share more details about our opening date soon. <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/blog/our-ceo-we-look-forward-seeing-you-soon">Learn more in an update from President and CEO John Mikos.</a></p> <h4>UPDATE 4/27 - 12 p.m.</h4> <p>You may have heard that gyms in the area will reopen soon. We continue to monitor public health guidelines and will provide more information about when and how local Ys will reopen.  </p> <h4>UPDATE 3/23 - 5:30 p.m.</h4> <p>Your membership during this time has helped us remain fully focused on our efforts to help our community stay strong in spirit, mind and body. However, we also understand the challenges we’re all facing.</p> <p>As our temporary closure has extended beyond anticipation through April 26, we are providing options to allow you to update the status of your membership:</p> <ul><li><strong>Convert Your Membership Fee to a Donation.</strong><br /> You can choose to continue your monthly draft and convert your membership fee to a donation. The Y will maintain your current draft amount, or you can choose a different amount. We will convert the draft payment into a donation and provide you with appropriate documentation for tax purposes. When the Y reopens, your membership will continue at your original rate and regular draft date.<br />  </li> <li><strong>Place Your Membership On Hold.</strong><br /> If you wish, we will place your membership on hold, and you will not be charged until the Y reopens. All standard hold fees will be waived. As soon as we reopen, your membership will automatically resume at your original rate and regular draft date.</li> </ul><p>Please access our <a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/a67r7c/yg46gd/mr0d4n"><strong>Membership Update Form</strong></a> to complete your information and allow us to update the status of your membership. If we do not hear from you, your membership drafts will be converted to a donation. </p> <p>If you have questions, you may <strong>contact our Business Support Team at 816.360.3311 or <a href="mailto:Feedback@KansasCityYMCA.org">Feedback@KansasCityYMCA.org</a>. </strong>Please allow 3-5 working days for our Business Support team to update your information and confirm with you.  </p> <h4>UPDATE 3/20 - 1:30 p.m.</h4> <p>The Y is offering child care for children of essential employees during this state of emergency at several locations in the metro beginning Monday, March 23. We are working toward adding more sites, including locations in Johnson County. Scholarships are available for first responders and health care workers. <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/programs/before-and-after-school/essential-care">Learn more and register.</a><br />  </p> <h4>UPDATE 3/19 - 1:15 p.m.</h4> <p>Based on the latest recommendations from county and city health officials, <strong>our Y centers will remain temporarily closed through Sunday, April 5</strong>. This is an extension of policies and recommendations of health authorities, in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in our community.</p> <p><strong>Youth Sports and Swim</strong><br /> Families who are registered for Swim Lessons or in Y Youth Sports programs will receive more information about re-scheduling or changes to programming.</p> <p><strong>Y Club Care, Y Summer Day Camp</strong><br /> Families currently in Kansas Y Club Before and After School programs will not be charged any payments scheduled for the rest of the school year. At this time, schedules for <strong>Y Summer Day Camp have not changed.  </strong>The Y is working diligently with school districts and health officials to determine options for providing care. We will send updated information about future care options when they are available.</p> <p>If you have questions, you may contact our Business Support Team at 816.360.3311 or <a href="mailto:Feedback@KansasCityYMCA.org">Feedback@KansasCityYMCA.org</a>.<br />  </p> <h4>UPDATE 3/17 - 6:00 p.m.</h4> <p><strong>YMCA Head Start </strong><br /> All YMCA Head Start program will close Wednesday, March 18 through Sunday, April 5, based on the latest recommendations from health officials. There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Y Head Start locations.  </p> <p dir="ltr">We understand the challenge this temporary closure may cause for families. We will check in with families throughout the time the Head Start locations are temporarily closed. We are working on ways to continue to support families with food, other community resources and activities to do with children home. </p> <p dir="ltr">Follow the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/YMCAHeadStart/">Y Head Start Facebook</a> for the latest information.</p> <h4> </h4> <h4>UPDATE 3/16 - 10:10 p.m.</h4> <p><strong>YMCA Head Start - Park Hill Head Start</strong><br /> The Park Hill Head Start program will close Tuesday, March 17 through Sunday, April 5. There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Y Head Start locations. The Park Hill School District has closed the Gerner Early Education Center building in which the program is housed.  </p> <h4> </h4> <h4>UPDATE 3/16 - 1:20 p.m.</h4> <h4>Y Membership Centers - Temporary Closure</h4> <p dir="ltr">Based on recently updated guidelines from county and city health officials, <strong>all YMCA of Greater Kansas City centers will temporarily close beginning at 3 p.m. Monday, March 16.</strong> At this time, we anticipate this temporary closure through Sunday, March 22. This includes Y programs at Riverside Community Center and Grain Valley Active Older Adults programs.</p> <p><strong>There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at any Y facility</strong>, and we increased our existing cleaning protocols to help prevent the spread of germs. As a nonprofit, community organization committed to wellness for all, we are responding based on public health recommendations and with concern for our associates, members, program participants and the community as a whole. </p> <p>To help you stay healthy in spirit, mind and body during this time, the Y is partnering with Y360 to offer <strong>wellness programs online, free of charge to you as a Y member.</strong> Visit <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/onlinewellness">KansasCityYMCA.org/OnlineWellness</a> to get started and access additional resources.</p> <p><strong>Y Center Programs - Postponed</strong><br /> Center programs will be postponed, including: </p> <ul dir="ltr"><li>Youth Sports</li> <li>Swim Lessons </li> <li>Challenger Adaptive programs </li> </ul><p><strong>Youth Development Services (Y Club, No School Days, Spring Break Camp) </strong></p> <ul dir="ltr"><li>Spring Break Camps/No School Days have been canceled for the week of March 16, and the Y is processing refunds. </li> <li>We are working with school districts and public health officials to determine what services we will be able to offer the week of March 23 and how we can best support our community.</li> </ul><h4 dir="ltr">Questions</h4> <p dir="ltr">If you have questions, you may contact our Business Support Team at 816.360.3311 or <a href="mailto:Feedback@KansasCityYMCA.org">Feedback@KansasCityYMCA.org</a>.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Fri, 31 Jul 2020 19:05:09 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 25656 at https://kansascityymca.org Virtual Hiring Fair for Before & After School Y Club Programs https://kansascityymca.org/blog/virtual-hiring-fair-after-school-y-club-programs <span>Virtual Hiring Fair for Before &amp; After School Y Club Programs</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>June 11, 2020</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2019-04/yclubjobshero.jpg?itok=Yn7Aorug" width="500" height="167" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><div>We are excited to announce that we'll be hosting a Virtual Hiring Fair for all positions in our <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/programs/before-and-after-school">Before &amp; After School Y Club Programs</a> starting in August 2020.</div> <div> </div> <div>School District Locations include:</div> <ul><li>Blue Valley</li> <li>Bonner Springs</li> <li>Center</li> <li>KCMO/Charter</li> <li>Lansing</li> <li>Piper</li> <li>Platte County</li> <li>Shawnee Mission</li> <li>Spring Hill</li> </ul><div>By signing up for a time to Video or Phone Interview, you will have an opportunity to explore Full &amp; Part Time roles such as: </div> <div> <ul><li><strong>Y Club Site Supervisor </strong>- FULL TIME: Create, manage, and implement your own after-school program. In this role, you have the opportunity to put your personal flair on sharing and implementing the YMCA’s youth development focus areas of Global Inclusion, Healthy Living, Physical Fitness, and Character Development. Assistant Site Supervisor Roles Available (Full, Part-Time Plus, and Part Time) </li> </ul></div> <div> <ul><li><strong>Y Club Youth Leader </strong>- PART TIME: Play a key role in creating and maintaining a positive atmosphere that upholds our 4 Core Values and promotes education, healthy living, safety, creativity, anti-bullying, and inclusion among all youth.</li> </ul></div> <div> <div>If you are interested in being considered, please sign up for a 30-minute Interview Slot by clicking one of the links below. If you have questions, you can email our Youth Development Recruiter, Kayla Channell. Her email: <a href="mailto:KaylaChannell@KansasCityYMCA.org">KaylaChannell@KansasCityYMCA.org </a></div> </div> <div> <div> <ul><li><strong>Tuesday, June 16th</strong>, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSemDRVbi-DXCGODlbo2ao2B7n4JBluu2Q7FcUlc7-I4w1BT-w/viewform?usp=sf_link">Sign Up Here!</a> </li> <li><strong>Wednesday, June 17th</strong>, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfbTQAgJgit6lEmGcjBgnXThgsRxPlU1uxo4LXpfIH2hRcqcg/viewform?usp=sf_link">Sign Up Here!</a></li> <li><strong>Thursday, June 18th</strong>, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeQlIv3DXVu1k0llH-Nr5mEahxEBT2l4bnmBcP6uQF7ki1JSQ/viewform?usp=sf_link">Sign Up Here!</a> </li> </ul></div> <div>If you are unavailable on these dates, you can let us know when you're available and our team will contact you. </div> <div> </div> <div><strong><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeMagK4dLRE5534dBOCwmfGbmX1eeQGDAULSkwvYLTnF_qhjQ/viewform?usp=sf_link">CLICK HERE</a> to set up an Alternative Virtual Interview Date</strong></div> <div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Thu, 11 Jun 2020 15:41:26 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 26066 at https://kansascityymca.org Phase 2 of Reopening Begins June 1 https://kansascityymca.org/blog/phase-2-reopening-begins-june-1 <span>Phase 2 of Reopening Begins June 1</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>May 28, 2020</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2020-05/welcome-back_social-media-post_non-customizable.png?itok=T2vjLAvp" width="500" height="500" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Dear Y Family,</p> <p>We are pleased to begin the next phase of reopening our Ys on June 1. Please review this message with important information about additional locations opening, expanded facility hours and additional amenities.</p> <p>Thanks to all of you who joined us May 18 as we reopened several facilities. We appreciate your cooperation with our new health and safety protocol. We will provide additional updates over the coming weeks as we continue to expand access and amenities at our Ys. </p> <h4><strong>More Centers Open June 1</strong></h4> <p>The following centers are scheduled to open Monday, June 1.</p> <ul><li>Bonner Springs Family YMCA</li> <li>Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center</li> <li>Olathe Family YMCA</li> <li>Paul Henson Family YMCA</li> <li>Providence YMCA/Ball Family Center</li> <li>Red Bridge Family YMCA</li> <li>Riverside Community Center</li> </ul><p><strong>HOURS</strong></p> <p><strong>Monday – Thursday</strong><br /> 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Open to Active Older Adults (Ages 60+)<br /> 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. - Open to Ages 16+ </p> <p><strong>Friday</strong><br /> 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Open to Active Older Adults (Ages 60+)<br /> 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Open to Ages 16+ </p> <p><strong>Saturday </strong><br /> 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. - Open to Ages 16+</p> <p><strong>Sunday</strong> <br /> Noon – 4 p.m. - Open to Ages 16+</p> <p><strong>AMENITIES</strong></p> <p>Access will be limited to the following areas and programs:</p> <ul><li><strong>Fitness center</strong> - cardiovascular and strength training equipment available with adjusted spacing to allow physical and social distance</li> <li><strong>Group exercise</strong> - limited adult and Active Older Adult classes will be in the gymnasium for maximum distancing</li> <li><strong>Personal training/KU Brain Health studies</strong> - new procedures optimize physical distance</li> <li><strong>Gymnasium</strong> - available for personal workout space (no organized sports, such as pickleball or basketball)</li> <li><strong>Restrooms</strong> - no showers or lockers</li> </ul><h4><strong>Expanded Hours and Amenities for Other Centers</strong></h4> <p>The following centers opened on May 18 and will expand their hours on June 1. </p> <ul><li>Atchison Family YMCA/Cray Community Center</li> <li>Cleaver Family YMCA </li> <li>North Kansas City</li> <li>Platte County Community Center South - Parkville</li> <li>Platte County Community Center North - Platte City</li> </ul><p><strong>HOURS</strong></p> <p><strong>Monday – Thursday </strong><br /> 6 – 8 a.m. - Open to Ages 16+ <br /> 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. - Open to Active Older Adults (Ages 60+)<br /> 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. - Open to Ages 16+</p> <p><strong>Friday </strong><br /> 6 – 8 a.m. - Open to Ages 16+ <br /> 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. - Open to Active Older Adults (Ages 60+)<br /> 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. - Open to Ages 16+</p> <p><strong>Saturday </strong><br /> 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. - Open to Ages 16+</p> <p><strong>Sunday </strong><br /> 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. - Open to Ages 16+</p> <p><strong>AMENITIES</strong></p> <p>Beginning June 1, access to locker rooms, including showers and restrooms will be added.</p> <p>Pool access will be available at the following centers:*</p> <ul><li>Cleaver Family YMCA </li> <li>North Kansas City</li> <li>Platte County Community Center South - Parkville</li> <li>Platte County Community Center North - Platte City</li> </ul><p>*Atchison County Health Department states pools must remain closed at this time.</p> <p><strong>Pool Hours</strong></p> <p><strong>Monday – Thursday</strong><br /> 6 a.m. – 1 p.m.<br /> 4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Friday</strong><br /> 6 a.m. – 1 p.m.<br /> 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Saturday</strong><br /> 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Sunday</strong><br /> 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.</p> <p><strong>New Pool Rules</strong></p> <ul><li>Lap swimming – one person per lane; maximum 30 minutes; must bring own equipment (fins, kickboards, etc.)</li> <li>Water group exercise with physical distancing</li> <li>Masks must be worn on pool deck</li> <li>Spas, saunas and steam rooms will not be available</li> </ul><p>Members will continue to have access to the following amenities:</p> <ul><li><strong>Fitness center</strong> - cardiovascular and strength training equipment available with adjusted spacing to allow physical and social distance</li> <li><strong>Group exercise</strong> - limited adult and Active Older Adult classes will be in the gymnasium for maximum distancing</li> <li><strong>Personal training/KU Brain Health studies</strong> - new procedures optimize physical distance</li> <li><strong>Gymnasium</strong> - available for personal workout space (no organized sports, such as pickleball or basketball)</li> </ul><h4><strong>New Health and Safety Procedures</strong></h4> <p>To maintain a safe environment, these new health and safety procedures are in place: </p> <ul><li><strong>Temperature Checks</strong> - Visit our Health Station to have your temperature taken prior to checking in. Associates also will receive daily temperature checks.</li> <li><strong>Wipe Down Equipment</strong> - Use the cleaning materials provided. Wipe down all equipment before and after your workout. Y staff also will disinfect equipment and activity areas regularly.</li> <li><strong>Wear a Mask</strong> - Protect yourself and others by wearing a facemask. Masks are required in common areas but not while exercising.</li> <li><strong>Keep Your Distance</strong> - Stay at least six feet away from others whenever possible. Look for signage to help.</li> <li><strong>Stay Home if Sick</strong> -Keep our community safe. Stay home if you are feeling sick or are vulnerable to illness.</li> <li><strong>Limited Access </strong>- To help provide a safe environment as we reopen, please limit your visit to 60 minutes or less. Facilities will be open to ages 16 and older. As we focus on serving our members who are ready to return, guests will not be permitted and day passes will not be available. </li> </ul><p><a href="https://youtu.be/S-iCs3GXCIs">Watch this video to learn more about our new health and safety procedures.</a></p> <h4><strong>Your Account</strong></h4> <p>If you have put your membership on hold or converted your fees to a donation during the Stay at Home order, your hold or donation will end and <strong>your monthly membership fee draft will resume in June</strong>, at your previously scheduled draft date.</p> <p>For additional questions about your account, contact our membership support team at 816.360.3311 or <a href="mailto:feedback@kansascityymca.org?subject=Membership%20Account">Feedback@KansasCityYMCA.org</a>.</p> <h4><strong>Thanks For Staying With Us</strong></h4> <p>We are so incredibly grateful to the people who have stood by us throughout these challenging times. Thank you for staying with us as we transitioned our resources to meet critical needs in our community by providing <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/essentialcare">child care for essential workers</a>, reaching out to seniors to help prevent social isolation and providing <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/onlinewellness">virtual tools to keep you healthy at home</a>.</p> <p>This is an example of our community at its best and a great display of how the YMCA is more than just a gym…we are a community.</p> <p>Please visit <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/YResponse">KansasCityYMCA.org/YResponse</a> for the latest updates as we continue to open our Ys in phases.</p> <p>Additional amenities and programs will be added in phases over the coming weeks. For those who prefer to continue healthy living activities at home during this time, free virtual programs will remain available at <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/onlinewellness">KansasCityYMCA.org/OnlineWellness</a>.</p> <p>With gratitude,</p> <p>John Mikos<br /> President and CEO<br /> YMCA of Greater Kansas City</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> <div> <section class="container video video-light-purple" > <h2>John Mikos Update - Reopening - 05-15-2020</h2> <div class="twelve column"> <div class="video-wrapper-outer"> <div class="video-wrapper"> <div><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/S-iCs3GXCIs?autoplay=1&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </section> </div> Thu, 28 May 2020 20:47:00 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 26041 at https://kansascityymca.org Important Quality Hill YMCA Update https://kansascityymca.org/blog/important-quality-hill-ymca-update <span>Important Quality Hill YMCA Update</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>May 11, 2020</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/QualityHillExterior.jpg?itok=BgokY0wH" width="500" height="167" alt="Exterior of the Quality Hill YMCA" title="Quality Hill YMCA in downtown Kansas City, MO" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The Quality Hill YMCA has been closed during the Stay at Home order issued for our community. As we continue to face uncertainty as a result of the current public health crisis, <strong>the Quality Hill YMCA will remain closed</strong>.</p> <p>With not reopening the Quality Hill location, <strong>this will allow us to focus our efforts on the new Downtown YMCA/Kirk Family Community Center</strong>, which is planned to open in December nearby at 11th and Central.</p> <p>We appreciate your support of the Y, and we understand the inconvenience this change may cause for members. During this time, members may use other area Ys. When the <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/downtownkc">new Downtown YMCA</a> opens, current members of the Quality Hill YMCA will automatically be one of the first members. </p> <h4><strong>Membership and Program Transition</strong> </h4> <ul><li><strong>Members may begin using other area Ys as soon as they reopen.</strong> <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/blog/select-ymcas-begin-reopen-soon">Some Ys are planned to begin reopening May 18.</a> For the latest updates and information about new health and safety procedures, visit <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/yresponse">KansasCityYMCA.org/YResponse</a>.<br />  </li> <li><strong>If you have put your membership on hold or converted your fees to a donation</strong> during the Stay at Home order, your membership will be active again when our other Ys reopen. Your hold or donation will end and <strong>your monthly membership fee draft will resume in June</strong>, at your previously scheduled draft date.<br />  </li> <li><strong>Your membership rate will stay the same.</strong><br />  </li> <li><strong>Current Quality Hill members will be assigned to the Downtown YMCA</strong> when it opens in December. Learn more about the new Y at <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/downtownkc">KansasCityYMCA.org/DowntownKC</a>.<br />  </li> <li><strong>For more information</strong> or if you would like to update your account, contact Membership Support at 816.360.3311 or <a href="mailto:feedback@kansascityymca.org?subject=Quality%20Hill%20YMCA">Feedback@KansasCityYMCA.org</a> from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.</li> </ul><p>The Y is much more than a building. It’s a community of supporters, volunteers and associates, which allows us to continue to impact our community while we explore the best way to serve during these changing times.</p> <p>Thank you for your understanding during this transition.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Mon, 11 May 2020 21:52:45 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 26021 at https://kansascityymca.org Select YMCAs Begin to Reopen Soon https://kansascityymca.org/blog/select-ymcas-begin-reopen-soon <span>Select YMCAs Begin to Reopen Soon</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>May 11, 2020</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2020-05/welcome-back_illustration_rgb.jpg?itok=AzCPvXz1" width="500" height="500" alt="Welcome Back Illustration" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Dear Y Family,</p> <p>We are thrilled to begin reopening our facilities, welcoming back our members and the community, and getting back to what we do best – helping everyone reach their full potential.</p> <p>Because we operate in multiple states, counties and cities, we plan to reopen facilities in phases. Please review important information below about reopening plans and what to expect when you return to the Y. </p> <h4><strong>Centers Opening May 18</strong></h4> <p>The following centers are scheduled to open Monday, May 18.</p> <ul><li> <p>Atchison Family YMCA/Cray Community Center</p> </li> <li> <p>Cleaver Family YMCA </p> </li> <li> <p>North Kansas City</p> </li> <li> <p>Platte County Community Center South - Parkville</p> </li> <li> <p>Platte County Community Center North - Platte City</p> </li> </ul><p>Other YMCA of Greater Kansas City locations may open as soon as Monday, June 1.</p> <h4><strong>Limited Access</strong></h4> <p>To help provide a safe environment as we reopen, hours will be limited. Please limit your visit to 60 minutes or less.</p> <p>Facilities will be open to ages 16 and older. As we focus on serving our members who are ready to return, guests will not be permitted, and day passes will not be available. </p> <p><strong>Monday – Friday</strong><br /> 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Open to Active Older Adults (Ages 60+)<br /> 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. - Open to Ages 16+ </p> <p><strong>Saturday </strong><br /> 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. - Open to Ages 16+</p> <p><strong>Sunday </strong><br /> Noon – 4 pm - Open to Ages 16+</p> <h4><strong>Amenities</strong></h4> <p>During the first phase of opening, access will be limited to the following areas and programs:</p> <ul><li><strong>Fitness center</strong> - cardiovascular and strength training equipment available with adjusted spacing to allow physical and social distance</li> <li><strong>Group exercise</strong> - limited adult and Active Older Adult classes will be in the gymnasium for maximum distancing</li> <li><strong>Personal training/KU Brain Health studies</strong> - new procedures optimize physical distance</li> <li><strong>Gymnasium</strong> - available for personal workout space (no organized sports, such as pickleball or basketball)</li> <li><strong>Restrooms</strong> - no showers or lockers</li> </ul><p>Additional amenities and programs will be added in phases over the coming weeks.</p> <p>For those who prefer to continue healthy living activities at home during this time, free virtual programs will remain available at <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/onlinewellness">KansasCityYMCA.org/OnlineWellness</a>.</p> <h4><strong>New Health and Safety Procedures</strong></h4> <p>To maintain a safe environment, these new health and safety procedures will be in place: </p> <ul><li><strong>Temperature Checks</strong> - Visit our Health Station to have your temperature taken prior to checking in. Associates also will receive daily temperature checks.</li> <li><strong>Wipe Down Equipment</strong> - Use the cleaning materials provided. Wipe down all equipment before and after your workout. Y staff also will disinfect equipment and activity areas regularly.</li> <li><strong>Wear a Mask</strong> - Protect yourself and others by wearing a facemask. Masks are required in common areas but not while exercising.</li> <li><strong>Keep Your Distance</strong> - Stay at least six feet away from others whenever possible. Look for signage to help.</li> <li><strong>Stay Home if Sick</strong> -Keep our community safe. Stay home if you are feeling sick or are vulnerable to illness.</li> </ul><p><a href="https://vimeo.com/411733657">Watch this video to learn more about how we’re getting ready.</a></p> <h4><strong>Your Account</strong></h4> <p>If you have put your membership on hold or converted your fees to a donation during the Stay at Home order, your hold or donation will end and <strong>your monthly membership fee draft will resume in June</strong>, at your previously scheduled draft date.</p> <p>For additional questions about your account, contact our membership support team at 816.360.3311 or <a href="mailto:feedback@kansascityymca.org?subject=Membership%20Account">Feedback@KansasCityYMCA.org</a>.</p> <h4><strong>Thanks For Staying With Us</strong></h4> <p>We are so incredibly grateful to the people who have stood by us throughout these challenging times. Thank you for staying with us as we transitioned our resources to meet critical needs in our community by providing <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/essentialcare">child care for essential workers</a>, reaching out to seniors to help prevent social isolation and providing <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/onlinewellness">virtual tools to keep you healthy at home</a>.</p> <p>This is an example of our community at its best and a great display of how the YMCA is more than just a gym…we are a community.</p> <p>Please visit <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/yresponse">KansasCityYMCA.org/YResponse</a> for the latest updates as we continue to open our Ys in phases.</p> <p>With gratitude,</p> <p>John Mikos<br /> President and CEO<br /> YMCA of Greater Kansas City</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Mon, 11 May 2020 19:03:44 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 25996 at https://kansascityymca.org From Our CEO: We Look Forward to Seeing You Soon https://kansascityymca.org/blog/our-ceo-we-look-forward-seeing-you-soon <span>From Our CEO: We Look Forward to Seeing You Soon</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>May 5, 2020</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2020-05/john_mikos.jpg?itok=WRl1ZetU" width="500" height="333" alt="John Mikos, president and CEO, with downtown Kansas City skyline" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Dear Y Family,</p> <p>All of us here at the YMCA of Greater Kansas City are thinking of you in these uncertain times. Many of you are facing hardships of your own, and we’re so humbled by you, our members, who still support us during times like these despite such challenges.</p> <p>We are excited to open our doors to welcome you back to our YMCAs. Because we operate in multiple states, counties and cities, we plan to reopen facilities in phases and will share more details about our opening date soon. </p> <h4><strong>A Phased Approach</strong></h4> <p>Wellness centers and gyms are included in Phase 1 of Missouri's reopening plan, but in Kansas they are included in Phase 2. Local county and city governments also have announced phases of a reopening plan.</p> <p>As we await future announcements, we will be very purposeful in our approach to reopening our centers and programs. At every step of the way, we will work to ensure the health and safety of all our members and staff.</p> <h4><strong>How We're Getting Ready</strong></h4> <p>We are preparing a safe environment to welcome you back. As we gradually reopen, some of the initial changes you will experience are:</p> <ul><li>Indicators for healthy physical and social distancing</li> <li>Healthy spacing of fitness equipment</li> <li>Ample access to hand washing/sanitizer stations</li> <li>Significant disinfecting of equipment and activity areas throughout the day</li> </ul><p>In addition, we will deliberately phase-in areas and amenities of low risk as we grow back to full capacity and resume programs. </p> <p><a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/ywwrcd/yg46gd/u11jco">Watch this video to learn more about how we’re getting ready.</a></p> <h4><strong>Next Steps</strong></h4> <p>Several major factors will determine our reopen date including direction from the governors of Missouri and Kansas, local officials and the CDC, as well as our capacity to provide a safe environment. It is our hope that at a minimum, we can partially reopen some locations in the coming weeks and partially reopen the others in late May or early June. </p> <h4><strong>Together, We are Better</strong></h4> <p>Through these trying times, the Y is in the position to make a difference where it matters most. Thank you for staying with us as we transitioned our resources to meet critical needs in our community by providing <a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/ywwrcd/yg46gd/au2jco">child care for essential workers</a>, reaching out to seniors to help prevent social isolation and providing <a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/ywwrcd/yg46gd/qm3jco">virtual tools to keep you healthy at home</a>.</p> <p>This is an example of our community at its best and a great display of how the YMCA is more than just a gym…we are a community.</p> <p>Stay tuned as we look to share our reopening plans with you as our community continues to adapt and heal. In addition to email updates, you may visit <a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/ywwrcd/yg46gd/6e4jco">KansasCityYMCA.org/YResponse</a> for the latest news.</p> <p>With gratitude,</p> <p>John Mikos<br /> President and CEO<br /> YMCA of Greater Kansas City</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Wed, 06 May 2020 04:17:17 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 25991 at https://kansascityymca.org Summer Day Camp Update: A message from Steven Scraggs, Ph.D., Sr. VP, Youth Development Services https://kansascityymca.org/blog/summer-day-camp-update-message-steven-scraggs-phd-sr-vp-youth-development-services <span>Summer Day Camp Update: A message from Steven Scraggs, Ph.D., Sr. VP, Youth Development Services</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>May 1, 2020</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/YCamp_Facebook_v2.jpg?itok=paegHjAF" width="500" height="500" alt="Camp 2018" title="Camp 2018" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Dear Y Club and Camp Families,</p> <p>Summer is approaching quickly, so we wanted to update you on plans for <a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/mb45bd/2j9ffl/elajbo">summer day camp</a>. Our team at the YMCA is excited to get back to work and provide an exciting, fun, and most importantly, safe summer camp experience. </p> <p>Please know that our team of child care experts continues to work with local, regional and national authorities to ensure that when our programs open, it will be done based on established guidelines and industry standards. Many of you are already aware that the YMCA <a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/mb45bd/2j9ffl/udbjbo">has operated Y Club Essential Care locations</a> for the children of health care workers, first responders and other essential employees across the metro during the COVID-19 crisis. Offering this service has given our staff great insight into offering child care using enhanced safety precautions.   </p> <p>The YMCA is planning for summer camp programs to open. We understand that we will be receiving additional guidance from public health officials and school district partners, and this guidance could postpone camp openings. We will be sure that we provide you the most up-to-date information as we receive it.</p> <p>For families who have already registered for camp, your enrollment is confirmed. For those interested in summer day camp but have not enrolled yet, please visit <a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/mb45bd/2j9ffl/a6bjbo">KansasCityYMCA.org/Camp</a> for more information and to register online.</p> <p>We will continue to provide updates via email and at <a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/mb45bd/2j9ffl/qycjbo">KansasCityYMCA.org/Camp</a> as information becomes available.</p> <p>Stay safe and healthy!</p> <p>Sincerely,</p> <p>Steven Scraggs, Ph.D.<br /> Sr. Vice President of Youth Development Services<br /> YMCA of Greater Kansas City</p> </div> Fri, 01 May 2020 15:31:33 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 25981 at https://kansascityymca.org Humana Partners to Support Y Child Care for Essential Employees https://kansascityymca.org/blog/humana-partners-support-y-child-care-essential-employees <span>Humana Partners to Support Y Child Care for Essential Employees</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>March 31, 2020</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2020-03/humana-child-care-donation-blog.jpg?itok=vbPcSdXG" width="500" height="388" alt="Humana logo" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p dir="ltr">Support from Humana will reinforce the Y’s <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/essentialcare">Essential Child Care</a> program for children of essential employees during the Coronavirus health crisis.</p> <p dir="ltr">The program, which started Monday, March 23, fills an important need for parents who have essential employment and must leave their home to work during the “stay at home” order, including first responders, health care workers, grocery store employees and others providing important services.</p> <p dir="ltr">The partnership with Humana will provide families in need another child care option in the KC metro region.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We are so grateful for Humana’s support during this difficult time,” said John Mikos, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. “This gift will help make sure we can take care of children of essential employees, so they can help take care of the rest of the community.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Locations are available throughout the metro, with room to serve up to 400 children a day. The Y is working to add more sites, including locations in Johnson County.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Y has been working closely with public health officials to put health and safety protocols in place to protect the children and associates.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Humana is committed to supporting all of our essential workers at this time,” said Jeremy Gaskill, Humana’s regional president. “This support includes partnerships with community organizations serving those, who are serving and supporting our community.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The program is available Monday through Friday for ages 5 through 12 (Kindergarten through 6th Grade). Lunch is included. Regular rates are $150 a week, or $35 a day.</p> <p dir="ltr">Registration, locations and the scholarship application are available at <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/essentialcare">KansasCityYMCA.org/EssentialCare</a>.</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Tue, 31 Mar 2020 19:23:32 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 25961 at https://kansascityymca.org From our CEO: How You Can Support the Y During this Time https://kansascityymca.org/blog/our-ceo-how-you-can-support-y-during-time <span>From our CEO: How You Can Support the Y During this Time</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>March 30, 2020</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2020-03/john-mikos-essential-care.jpg?itok=ahnNoMsk" width="500" height="344" alt="President and CEO John Mikos with student painting at Essential Child Care program" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Dear Y Family,</p> <p>To ensure that the Y is able to open after this health crisis, we’re asking for your support. </p> <p>As a charitable, nonprofit organization, the Y has a long tradition of emergency response. Right now, we're providing <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/essentialcare">essential child care</a> for the families of first responders, health care workers and others on the front lines. And we've already distributed 4,000 pounds of food to our Head Start families and several agencies serving those in need.</p> <p>You can support this work and help make sure we're still here after this crisis to support you and build a better, stronger community. <a href="https://youtu.be/uUKyyEkHtkE">Please watch my video message</a> and read below to learn more.</p> <h4>Update Your Membership to Support the Y</h4> <ul><li><strong>Convert Your Membership Fee to a Donation.</strong><br /> You can choose to continue your monthly draft and convert your membership fee to a donation. The Y will maintain your current draft amount, or you can choose a different amount. We will convert the draft payment into a donation and provide you with appropriate documentation for tax purposes. When the Y reopens, your membership will continue at your original rate and regular draft date.<br />  </li> <li><strong>Place Your Membership On Hold.</strong><br /> If you wish, we will place your membership on hold, and you will not be charged until the Y reopens. All standard hold fees will be waived. As soon as we reopen, your membership will automatically resume at your original rate and regular draft date.</li> </ul><p>Please access our <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/membership-update"><strong>Membership Update Form</strong></a> to complete your information and allow us to update the status of your membership. If we do not hear from you, your membership drafts will be converted to a donation. </p> <h4>Donate Now</h4> <p>If you are able and would like to join us serving our community by serving children and families in need, please consider making a <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/give">secure online donation</a>. The Coronavirus has created enormous uncertainty. Every dollar donated to the YMCA of Greater Kansas City will have a lasting impact on people of all ages, right here in the metro.</p> <p>Now more than ever, our community needs you, and we value your ongoing support. Please help in any way you can to ensure the Y is always here and always ready to serve.</p> <p>Sincerely,</p> <p>John Mikos<br /> President and CEO<br /> YMCA of Greater Kansas City</p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> <div> <section class="container video video-medium-blue" > <h2>John Mikos Update - March 27, 2020</h2> <div class="twelve column"> <div class="video-wrapper-outer"> <div class="video-wrapper"> <div><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/uUKyyEkHtkE?autoplay=1&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </section> </div> Mon, 30 Mar 2020 19:03:20 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 25956 at https://kansascityymca.org The Y to Offer Child Care to Essential Employees and First Responders https://kansascityymca.org/blog/y-offer-child-care-essential-employees-and-first-responders <span>The Y to Offer Child Care to Essential Employees and First Responders</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>March 20, 2020</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2020-03/facility_update.jpg?itok=nt1_bJHS" width="500" height="263" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><h4>Updated March 30, 2020</h4> <p>With the closure of schools in our area as the community responds to COVID-19, the Y is offering child care for children of essential employees. </p> <p>The program is available to anyone who has essential employment and must leave their home to work during the “stay at home” order, including first responders, health care workers, grocery store employees and others providing important services.</p> <h4><strong>Registration</strong></h4> <p>Online registration is encouraged. <a href="/EssentialCare">Register online </a>or <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/EssentialCare_Form.pdf">download a PDF registration form</a>. Please bring completed form to the site or fax both pages of this form to 816.931.1847.</p> <h4><strong>FREE CARE FOR HEALTH CARE/BEHAVIORAL HEALTH WORKERS</strong></h4> <p><strong>Free </strong>care is available to employees of the following organizations, thanks to scholarship funding from the <strong>Health Forward Foundation.</strong></p> <ul><li><strong>Missouri:</strong> KC Care Clinic, Samuel U. Rodgers, Swope Health Services, Vibrant Health, Truman Medical Center, Tri-County Mental Health Services, Comprehensive Mental Health Services, Rediscover, Hope Family Care Center </li> <li><strong>Kansas: </strong>Vibrant Health, Health Partnership of Johnson County, SW Blvd Family Health Care, Duchesne Clinic,  Wyandot Center, Johnson County Mental Health Center, Mercy and Truth</li> <li><strong><a href="https://forms.gle/jmSbWyiEvRCiFmcD7">Apply Here</a></strong></li> </ul><h4><strong>OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS</strong></h4> <p>Thanks to Humana and other funders, scholarships are available to attend at low or no cost.<br /><strong><a href="https://forms.gle/dw19upKGYtq3Zf9F7">Apply Here</a></strong></p> <h4><strong>Locations</strong></h4> <p><strong>Bonner Springs School District - Delaware Ridge Elementary</strong><br /> 1601 N 130th Street, Kansas City, KS 66109</p> <p><strong>Cleaver Family YMCA</strong><br /> 7000 Troost, Kansas City, MO 64131</p> <p><strong>Linwood YMCA/James B. Nutter, Sr. Community Center</strong><br /> 3800 E Linwood Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64128<br /> Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.</p> <p><strong>North Kansas City YMCA</strong><br /> 1999 Iron Street, North Kansas City, MO 64116</p> <p><strong>Piper Middle School</strong><br /> 4420 N 107th Street, Kansas City, KS 66109</p> <p><strong>Platte County - Pathfinder Elementary</strong><br /> 1951 NW 87th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64154<br /> Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.</p> <p>We are working to add more sites, including locations in Johnson County. </p> <h4><strong>Program Details</strong></h4> <p><strong>Dates:</strong> Starting March 23<br /><strong>Ages:</strong> 5-12 (Kindergarten through 6th Grade)<br /><strong>Cost:</strong> $150 a week or $35 a day. No registration fee. Lunch will be provided.</p> <h4><strong>More Info</strong></h4> <p>Registration details are available at <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/essentialcare">KansasCityYMCA.org/EssentialCare</a>. For more information contact our Youth Development Services office by emailing <a href="mailto:YClubSupport@KansasCityYMCA.org?subject=Essential%20Child%20Care">YClubSupport@KansasCityYMCA.org</a>.</p> <h4><strong>Health and Safety</strong></h4> <p>The Y has been working closely with public health officials to put health and safety protocols in place to protect the children and associates. Safety is always a priority. Based on input from public health officials, the following procedures will be in place at our emergency child care locations:</p> <ul><li>Curbside check-in/out for children to limit people inside locations</li> <li>Temporal scans of children upon entry</li> <li>Small group structure</li> <li>Mandatory hygiene breaks</li> </ul><p>We also will continue to follow health and safety guidelines that are always in place in our programs, including staff training in CPR, first aid, recognition of illnesses, signs and symptoms of abuse, child abuse prevention and risk management.</p> <h4><strong>What to Bring</strong></h4> <p>-Completed Emergency Information Packet</p> <ul><li><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/sites/default/files/MissouriPacketUpdated_0.pdf">Download Packet for Missouri Locations</a></li> <li><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/sites/default/files/2019-08/KansasYClubPacketFillable.pdf">Download Packet for Kansas Locations</a></li> </ul><p>-Water bottle, homework and homework device (no backpack)</p> <p>You can get the latest updates about the Y’s response to COVID-19 at <a href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/igpe7c/yg46gd/mb0y3n">KansasCityYMCA.org/YResponse</a>. </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Fri, 20 Mar 2020 22:12:01 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 25876 at https://kansascityymca.org From Our CEO: COVID-19 Response Update https://kansascityymca.org/blog/our-ceo-covid-19-response-update <span>From Our CEO: COVID-19 Response Update</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>March 19, 2020</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2020-03/johnvideo.jpg?itok=aYKPglUU" width="500" height="281" alt="John Mikos, President and CEO" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>Dear Y Family,</p> <p>We understand many of you have questions regarding Y programs and your membership during this uncertain time. </p> <p>As we respond to prevent the spread of COVID-19, you may visit <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/yresponse">KansasCityYMCA.org/YResponse</a> for the latest information about adjusted scheduling plans.</p> <p><strong>We ask for your patience and your continued Y membership and program enrollment to support our nonprofit, charitable mission during this time.</strong> Our temporary closure, as well as the cancellation and rescheduling of various programs and services in and around our community, is proving to have real financial consequences for nonprofit organizations like the Y that rely on the support of our members, program participants and donors. <a href="https://youtu.be/6LXdJ8tvzyo">Please watch my video message to learn more.</a></p> <p>Even though we have had to close our Y facilities, we are beginning to shift our focus on things to support our community in a different way.</p> <p>The Y has partnered with Y360 to <strong>offer wellness programs online</strong>, free of charge to you as a Y member. These include high-quality workouts you can do from the comfort of your home. Visit <a href="https://www.kansascityymca.org/onlinewellness">KansasCityYMCA.org/OnlineWellness</a> to get started and access additional resources.</p> <p><strong>We also are working closely with public health, licensing and school districts to be able to offer child care for first responders, health care workers and other essential employees.</strong> We will share more information about this as it becomes available.</p> <p><strong>There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at any Y facility. </strong>Our closure decisions continue to be out of concern for our associates, members, program participants and the community as a whole. If you have questions, you may contact our Business Support Team at 816.360.3311 or <a href="mailto:Feedback@KansasCityYMCA.org">Feedback@KansasCityYMCA.org</a>.</p> <p>Thank you for being part of our Y family. And thank you for the sacrifices you’re making for your community as we all navigate this challenge. Every small step we take now can have a dramatic positive impact on our community’s health in the days and weeks to come.</p> <p> Sincerely,</p> <p>John Mikos<br /> President and CEO<br /> YMCA of Greater Kansas City<br />  </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> <div> <section class="container video video-dark-teal" > <h2>John Mikos Update - March 19, 2020</h2> <div class="twelve column"> <div class="video-wrapper-outer"> <div class="video-wrapper"> <div><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6LXdJ8tvzyo?autoplay=1&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </section> </div> Thu, 19 Mar 2020 16:55:29 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 25826 at https://kansascityymca.org Help Prevent the Spread of Germs https://kansascityymca.org/blog/help-prevent-spread-germs <span>Help Prevent the Spread of Germs</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>March 5, 2020</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2020-03/handwashing-graphic.jpg?itok=3qf3VIiW" width="500" height="401" alt="hand-washing graphic of water running out of a faucet onto hands" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p dir="ltr">With the flu and other respiratory illnesses circulating during this time of year, we continue to follow guidelines from public health officials to keep our facilities clean and safe. </p> <p>We also encourage our associates, members and program participants to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases by practicing these tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  </p> <ul><li>Avoid close contact with people who are sick.</li> <li>Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.</li> <li>Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care. Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.</li> <li>Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.</li> <li>Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. For your convenience, our Ys have cleaning stations available with spray bottles of disinfectant cleaner and paper towels available for you to wipe down exercise equipment after use. </li> <li>Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.</li> <li>If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.</li> </ul><p dir="ltr">Good health habits can help you stay strong and healthy, too, including: </p> <ul><li>Get plenty of sleep and exercise.</li> <li>Manage your stress.</li> <li>Drink plenty of fluids.</li> <li>Eat nutritious food.</li> </ul></div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Thu, 05 Mar 2020 14:00:00 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 25616 at https://kansascityymca.org Now in Grain Valley: Y Active Older Adults Programs https://kansascityymca.org/blog/now-grain-valley-y-active-older-adults-programs <span>Now in Grain Valley: Y Active Older Adults Programs</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>March 2, 2020</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2015-06-22_EF-Group1_CMYK_1220.jpg?itok=EVrkGJmF" width="500" height="333" alt="Enhance Fitness - AOA - Active Older Adults" title="Enhance Fitness - AOA - Active Older Adults" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>The Y is now offering programs for active older adults at First Baptist Church of Grain Valley, 207 W. Walnut Street, Grain Valley, Mo., 64029.</p> <p>Exercise and social activities are available from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday, including:</p> <ul><li>Unlimited group exercise classes designed specifically for older adults</li> <li>Free personalized wellness plans</li> <li>Social events to provide opportunities to share fun and fellowship such as game days, potlucks, service projects and field trips to local attractions.</li> </ul><p><a href="https://kansascityymca.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/AOA_Grain%20Valley_MarApril_2020.pdf">Download the March/April 2020 class schedule and calendar.</a></p> <p>A special $20 a month Grain Valley Active Older Adult membership provides access to these activities. Access also is available through insurance benefits, including Silver and Fit through Aetna, Renew Active through United Healthcare, and SilverSneakers®.</p> <p>“We look forward to continuing to serve active older adults not only in Grain Valley but throughout eastern Jackson County, including those who may have used the Blue Springs Y in the past,” said Garry Linn, senior vice president of operations. “The activities designed for seniors are so valuable to helping older adults stay active and maintain social connections that lead to longevity and improved quality of life.”</p> <p>The Y continues to explore opportunities to provide additional services in Grain Valley. The City of Grain Valley is currently studying the feasibility of opening a new full-service community center in partnership with the Y. </p> <p>For more information or to join Active Older Adults Programs powered by the Y in Grain Valley, visit First Baptist Church of Grain Valley during Y activities or call 816.914.6195. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/grainvalleyYMCAAOA/">Get the latest program updates on Facebook.</a><br />  </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Mon, 02 Mar 2020 19:01:21 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 24881 at https://kansascityymca.org American Heart Month - Tips to Stay Heart Healthy https://kansascityymca.org/american-heart-month-tips-stay-heart-healthy <span>American Heart Month - Tips to Stay Heart Healthy</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>February 10, 2020</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/girl-with-heart.jpg?itok=qRvdz1x2" width="500" height="333" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> </div> </div> <div><p>February is American Heart Month, and as a leading community-based organization dedicated to improving the nation’s health, the Y offers the following tips to help families in Kansas City be heart healthy.</p> <ol><li><strong>Get Physical:</strong> Being physically active every day is fun and can improve the function of your heart. Plan and schedule opportunities for active play; for example, include a brisk 10-minute trip around the block after meals or a 10-minute walking break during the day. If your family enjoys active video games, select versions that require moving the body’s large muscle groups while playing.<br />  </li> <li><strong>Take a Snooze:</strong> Lack of sleep can be associated with elevated cholesterol and blood pressure. Adults need at least seven, but no more than nine hours of sleep at night to aid with the prevention of heart disease. Children need 10-12 hours of sleep per night. Develop bedtime routines for the whole family to assist with falling asleep faster and staying asleep.<br />  </li> <li><strong>Shape Up Those Recipes</strong>: Makeover your family’s favorite recipes by reducing the amount of salt and saturated fat and substituting a lower fat food without sacrificing tastes. For example, use low-fat yogurt instead of sour cream and skip the seasoning packet and use pepper and olive oil instead. Read food labels to learn more about what is in the package, select foods that have less than 1,000 mg of sodium per serving.<br />  </li> <li><strong>Cut Back on Processed Foods:</strong> Most of the sodium Americans eat is found in processed foods. Eat highly processed foods less often and in smaller portions—especially cheesy foods, such as pizza; cured meats, such as bacon, sausage, hot dogs, and deli/luncheon meats; and ready-to-eat foods, like canned chili, ravioli and soups. Fresh foods are generally lower in sodium.<br />  </li> <li><strong>Feeling the Pressure:</strong> Revised blood pressure guidelines from American Heart Association mean that nearly half of all Americans (46 percent) have high blood pressure.  Lowering or maintaining normal blood pressure can greatly reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke. Start self-monitoring your blood pressure and know the numbers. Discuss the results with your doctor if needed.<br />  </li> <li><strong>Play Together:</strong> Spending time together as a family is a great way to reduce stress, which is important to heart health. Make homemade valentines for your children’s classmates or build a snow fort together in the yard or the park.  </li> </ol><p>For more information on how your family can live a healthy, active life, ;head over to the <a href="https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/education-and-awareness/heart-truth">National Institutes of Health to educate yourself</a>, visit <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/">KansasCityYMCA.org</a> or stop by your local Y and speak with one of our Healthy Living team members for personalized health planning. </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Mon, 10 Feb 2020 20:13:24 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18366 at https://kansascityymca.org Black History Month and The Y https://kansascityymca.org/black-history-month-and-y <span>Black History Month and The Y</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>February 6, 2020</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/2019-02/carter-woodson-9536515-1-402.jpg?itok=qgOCYien" width="300" height="300" alt="Carter G. Woodson" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> <figcaption>Carter G. Woodson</figcaption> </div> </div> <div><p>Did you know that the YMCA has a long-running history with Black History Month? It’s true! In fact, in 1926, historian and professor Carter G. Woodson came up with the idea of Negro History Week during a meeting at a YMCA in Chicago. </p> <p>Woodson was inspired by a 50th-anniversary party that celebrated the Emancipation Proclamation that he attended in 1915. He went on to form the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History which met at the Wabash YMCA in Chicago. </p> <p>The celebration started out as Negro History and Literature Week, then became known as Negro Achievement Week, and later Negro History Week. This week-long event became a month-long celebration, known now as Black History Month, in 1976.</p> <p>Many people wonder why February was chosen as the month that would represent black history. Woodson chose February because a couple of people who played a big role in black history have birthdays in the month. The first one being Abraham Lincoln and the second being Frederick Douglass.</p> <p>Here are some other moments in which the Y was involved in the making of Black History: </p> <h3>FIRST YMCA FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS</h3> <p>One of the first YMCAs was also one of the first African American organizations in our country. In 1853 in Washington DC, the first YMCA for African Americans was founded by Anthony Bowen, a freed slave.</p> <h3>FOUNDATION OF THE NEGRO BASEBALL LEAGUES</h3> <p>In 1920, a group of African American baseball team owners led by Andrew "Rube" Foster met at the Paseo YMCA here in Kansas City and formed the Negro National League, the first successful organized black baseball league. The building is now home to the Buck O'Neil Education and Research Center, hosted by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.</p> <h3>FIRST LADY ANNOUNCES 'LET'S MOVE' AT THE Y</h3> <p>In 2010, as First Lady, Michelle Obama launched the pillars of her “Let’s Move Outside” campaign against childhood obesity at the Alexandria YMCA, a branch of the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington. This helped position the Y as an important ally in preventing chronic disease throughout the nation.</p> <h3>FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN CEO OF THE YMCA</h3> <p>Kevin Washington is the first African American President and CEO of the YMCA of the United States. He is a 38-year YMCA professional and has been an advocate and champion for equity and diversity throughout his career. </p> <p>For more detailed information on the contributions of African Americans to the Y movement, check out <a href="https://www.lib.umn.edu/ymca/guide-afam-history">A Brief History of the YMCA and African American Communities</a>. </p> </div> <div> <div><a href="/blog/category/news" hreflang="en">News</a></div> </div> Thu, 06 Feb 2020 19:44:15 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 18371 at https://kansascityymca.org 13th Annual Challenge Your Fashion https://kansascityymca.org/blog/13th-annual-challenge-your-fashion <span>13th Annual Challenge Your Fashion</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ymca-greater-kansas-city" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="YMCA of Greater Kansas City">YMCA of Greater Kansas City</span></span> <span>January 27, 2020</span> <div class="article-hero"><div> <figure> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/node_blog/public/images/2020-01/83184022_10158106637753921_1390331383875895296_o.jpg?itok=SdLBJK8x" width="500" height="334" alt="Challenge Your Fashion Models" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </figure> <figcaption>13th Annual Challenge Your Fashion models backstage</figcaption> </div> </div> <div><p>The 13th annual <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/programs/adaptive-challenger/challenge-your-fashion">Challenge Your Fashion</a> event on Saturday, January 25, 2020 was filled with fun, fashion and great times. Thanks to our guests, volunteers and <a href="/programs/adaptive-challenger/special-events/sponsors">event </a><a href="/programs/adaptive-challenger/special-events/sponsors">sponsors</a> for making this year's event such a success. </p> <p>This great night for a great cause benefits the YMCA of Greater Kansas City’s <a href="https://kansascityymca.org/programs/adaptive-challenger">Challenger program</a>, which provides children with diverse abilities the opportunity to build confidence, learn new skills and make friends through sports programs, swim lessons, social events, before and after school programs and more. Event proceeds will also help the Y build additional accessible sports fields at the YMCA Challenger Sports Complex.</p> <p>Challenge Your Fashion guests enjoyed cocktails and a silent auction, dinner, a fashion show, a live auction hosted by Kansas City Royals broadcaster Rex Hudler and the Nigro brothers and an after party with live music from Lost Wax.</p> <p>Each year, current and former players from local sports teams walk the runway with YMCA Challenger athletes and buddies. Models this year included Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders, Kansas City Royals players Brett Phillips and Nicky Lopez, Challenger Buddy and UMKC soccer player Sam Gettings, the founder of Disabled but Not Really, Wesley Hamilton, who was featured on Season 4 of Queer Eye on Netflix and many others. Co-emcees Steven St. John and Aly Trost from Sports Radio 810 hosted the fashion show.</p> <p>During the program, several guests shared how the Challenger program has grown over the years and the impact Challenge Your Fashion has on supporting this growth.</p> <p>"Funds raised from Challenge Your Fashion not only give youth with diverse abilities the opportunity for physical activity, but they also boost mental health, too, which is so important for their success," said John Mikos, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. "When everyone has a chance to participate, it makes all of us stronger."</p> <p>David and Karla Shepard, parents of Challenger athlete and Challenge Your Fashion model Charlie, talked about how much the Challenger program means to their son and how they have found support from the program and the staff.</p> <p><strong>Take a look at our <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/mTAiKEztn4FoLEwL7">Google Photos gallery for event photos</a>. </strong></p> <p>For the latest announcements, photos and news, follow the fun and excitement of YMCA Challenger activities and events <a href="https://www.facebook.com/YMCAChallenger/">on Facebook</a>!</p> </div> Mon, 27 Jan 2020 18:18:18 +0000 YMCA of Greater Kansas City 25081 at https://kansascityymca.org