2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR NOTICE
The 2014-2015 school year will see many changes implemented for the Y’s former 6th grade initiative program. The participating child will need to have a youth, teen or family membership with us and be enrolled by a parent into the program on a per session basis. For those needing financial assistance for membership, please apply through the Y’s Membership for All program. We attempt never to deny access based on an inability to pay the full membership fee. More information on the structure of the new Middle School Initiative program will be made available this summer.
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.