Welcome to the
In one way or another, we're all connected to the Y. Whether it's where you discovered a talent that became a lifelong passion, were encouraged by a mentor, or where you turn for support with a healthy lifestyle.
At the Valley Points Family YMCA, we believe our programming lays the groundwork for healthy futures, builds a sense of community, and conveys the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Yes, children learn to swim, kids have somewhere to go after school and we teach about healthy lifestyles, but the Y is far more than that. The Y is a place where kids find direction, families come together and people rally to make a difference.
With a commitment to nurturing youth development, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility, the Y ensures that people of all ages and from all walks of life have access to the essentials needed to be more healthy, confident, connected and secure.
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT THE Y
Nurturing the development of every child and teen.
Nationwide, no one cares for more children than the Y. With so many demands on today's families and the increased focus on early brain development, families need all the support they can get to nurture the potential of youth. That's why Early Learning and School Age Enrichment programs at the Y focus on holistically nurturing child development by providing a safe and healthy place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-reliance through the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
Learn more about our Early Learning Centers (Infant, Toddler & Pre-School), School Age Enrichment and S.O.S. (School's Out Summer) Camp programs by clicking here!
Education & Leadership
► Early Learning Readiness Program: Thanks to a grant from Y-USA and The United Way of Westmoreland County, our Y is providing this program for FREE for children ages 0 to 5—along with their caregivers—to learn together! ELR engages both children and caregivers to play and learn while developing the physical, verbal and social skills necessary for school. The program runs twice a week for two hours through June 2016, with continuous enrollment throughout the length of the program. Click here for more information!
► Explorers Program: The Explorers Program offers four levels of learning through "hands on" exploration in a student created environment. This environment encourages the children through opportunities for intellectual and social development. Teacher observation of each student is used to adjust the program to challenge individual development. See the Summer Youth Programming Guide to learn more about Summer Explorers Camps and register your child(ren) today!
► Leaders Club: Join the Y Leaders Club and experience opportunities for leadership development, personal growth and service to others. Leaders Club is for teens in grades 7-9 and meets weekly at the New Kensington Branch. Through Leaders Club, teens will gain experience through volunteering, serve the community, strengthen academics, build their resume, form friendships, become a role model for other youth, and earn a free monthly YMCA membership. To learn more and/or to complete the application, see the Leaders Club brochure.
Swim, Sports & Play
At the Y, kids can meet new friends, build skills, develop interests and try new things in a supportive environment with caring adults. Abundant choices are available at our Y for all skill levels and pursuits. Our programs emphasize values, sportsmanship, friendship and most of all, fun! See all of the available offerings in our program guides (Winter-Spring 2016 and/or 2016 Summer Youth Programs).
► Swimming: Swimming is a life skill as well as great exercise and a challenging sport. The Y has been America's leading swim instructor for more than 100 years. but our aquatics programs extend beyond instruction. We also provide recreational and competitive programs for all ages and abilities, including parent-child classes, water exercise and therapy, and water safety and rescue. For aquatics details check out the Aquatics Schedule for New Kensington.
► Recreation: There is a lot more than sports at the Y, giving kids the chance to exert energy, try new things, make new friends . . . and be kids! Check out the Adrenaline Zone at the New Kensington Branch, try the Youth Strength Training program, or learn a new skill through our photography or drawing classes!
► Youth Sports: Baseball, volleyball, flag football, basketball, dodge ball, hockey and more—check out the sports offerings at our Y and get in the game! Improve your skills, make new friends, be active with other kids and learn to love a sport at the Y!
► Summer Sports Camps: Whether it's basketball, hockey, football, dodgeball, soccer or more, it's happening this summer at the Y through the Mike Spencer Summer Youth Sports program. Camps take place in a variety of locations either during the day or in the evening. To download the brochure and registration form, click here!
The Valley Points Family YMCA offers dance programs that help participants develop their dance skills. the highlight of the dance year is a Spring Recital. All classes are held in the West Vandergrift Early Learning Center and are available on a monthly basis during the academic year. (Please note that a $30 Recital Fee guarantees participation in the annual recital.)