FREE YMCA MEMBERSHIP FOR ALL KEENE 6th GRADERS
The Keene Family YMCA is excited to announce that it is continuing the “6th Grade Initiative” a program that offers a free YMCA membership to students in the 6th grade. The goal of the 6th Grade Initiative is to inspire youth to discover their passions, develop a healthy lifestyle, and gain the assets needed to avoid risky behaviors and succeed in school and life. The 6th Grade Initiative is available to all sixth grade students in the Keene Area school district.
WHY 6TH GRADERS?
Research shows that 6th grade is a critical time in a young person’s life when exposures to risk factors greatly increase. One of the greatest transitions in kids’ lives is the one they make from elementary to middle school. It’s a high-anxiety time. They’re falling into different school groups and attempting to find their way on unfamiliar ground. Being a member of the Y during this critical year can ease the stress of that transition and improve the chances of making healthy, wise decisions.
The Keene Family YMCA has a 125 year history of building strong kids through programs that engage, educate and foster positive self-esteem and critical core values that kids need to become healthy, productive adults. Through this positive, proactive and strength based approach, the Y aims to buffer young people from the effects of risk exposure by providing them with opportunities to be involved in, and contribute to, their community, their school, and their peer group in meaningful ways.
HOW DO STUDENTS JOIN?
To activate the free membership, students entering the 6th grade in the 2013-14 school year should bring their school id, or last report card, and a parent or guardian with them to the Y. Parents need to complete the required membership paperwork and then the youth can begin using the membership right away. The membership includes supervised activities with Y staff, free access to a variety of Y programming and a reduced rate on all programs offered within the Y. The free membership expires at the end of summer before the students’ enter 7th grade.
YMCA FACILITY ACCESS
- 6th grade initiative members are required to be actively engaged in a supervised program or activity while at the Y. Activities will be offered each day after school from 3:00-5:00. Loitering is not permitted.
- 6th grade members are permitted in the YMCA during operating hours throughout the 2013-2014 school year provided they are accompanied by an adult member or adult guest. The program ends in June of 2014.
WHAT TO BRING
- Wear comfortable clothing, socks and sneakers. Appropriate footwear and attire is required for use of the basketball gym, gymnastics areas, and wellness equipment. Remember building usage policies apply, see the Membership Handbook at www.keene-ymca.org for restrictions.
- Bring a lock to secure belongings in the locker room. Locks must be removed on a daily basis. The Y is not responsible for lost, stolen or broken items. The Y will not hold backpacks or personal belongings. They must be locked up by the member.
- Bring a water bottle to re-hydrate. Water is also available in fountains throughout the building.
- Sixth grade members are not permitted to bring in other non-member youth guests.
- Guest passes are available $5 for youth and $10 for adults, per visit, but guests under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older.
- Sixth grade membership applies to the student only and does not extend to family or parents. Family may purchase guest passes to use the facility.
- The YMCA reserves the right to limit the number of guests without notice.
Member safety is the Y’s top priority. All YMCA classes and swim lessons are taught by adult staff age 18 and over. All YMCA staff are background checked prior to being hired. Program staff is CPR and first aid certified. Aquatic staff is lifeguard, CPR and first aid certified.
PROGRAM RULES & DISCIPLINARY POLICY
YMCA staff strives to create a positive atmosphere with an emphasis on our four core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Our youth and teen activities are designed to be fun, with active inclusion of all members. Proper participation and conduct is expected. Membership can be suspended or terminated if staff deems that members are behaving in a way that is contrary to the YMCA character values.