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Preparing for the Summer: YMCA Summer Programming

written by Alyssa Wilson, University of Lynchburg Bonner Intern 

Do you need something for your children to do over the summer vacation season? The nonprofit community in the greater Lynchburg area is abundant with day camp opportunities for kids of all ages. The YMCA of Central Virginia offers a variety of programs and financial support for the children of the area. SHARE had a conversation with two of the Y’s leaders, Misty Vinson-Spitzer and Tereika "Gee" Grooms to talk about what they are offering this summer. 

SHARE: What programs will you be offering this summer? 

YMCA: We are pleased to announce that the YMCA Teen Center will offer a teen summer camp with special events like movie nights, game nights and trivia nights. The YMCA teen center focuses on providing unique opportunities such as the Junior Police Academy and journalism workshops. Workshops and camps are designed to empower teens while introducing them to activities they may not experience otherwise.  We will also be offering Swim to Work, the Y’s exclusive work readiness initiative. This camp will be offered to YMCA members and non-members from the ages of 13 to 17 and will be low to no cost. 

We are also offering a full day summer camp program in partnership with Lynchburg City Schools and Amherst County Schools for ages 5 to 12 that also has donor supported financial assistance options. This camp is a Virginia state licensed program and includes STREAM activities, swimming lessons at no extra cost, daily field trips, and hiking and outdoor activities at local parks and trails. 

SHARE: What are your greatest needs right now? 

YMCA: We are currently seeking funding and relationships with organizations interested in collaborating to create unique and meaningful growth and learning opportunities for the kids. Lastly, we are seeking staff to be able to put all of these programs on. 

To learn more about these programs visit their SHARE Greater Lynchburg profile.

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