YMCA Afterschool Academy is designed to help kids in every community succeed developmentally and academically. At the Y, kids are cultivating the values, skills, and relationships that lead to better achievement in the classroom, positive behaviors, and social skills.
The YMCA of Greater Birmingham Afterschool Academies are designed to help youth in every community succeed developmentally and academically. Research shows that youth who participate in after school programs are more successful academically, maintain better health, and more often achieve positive behavior.
The Y’s curriculum framework—created in partnership with national experts in youth development programming—offers comprehensive, age-appropriate, engaging programming.
At the YMCA of Greater Birmingham, our innovative after school programs are centered around nine research-based core components:
Students have the opportunity to work in small group settings to hone their skills in math, literacy and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math). Opportunities to complete homework are given every day.
We know that it is vitally important for youth of all ages to explore the interests and talents that allow them to be successful.
Youth learn how to be 21st century citizens through group work; conflict resolution; life and career skills; learning and innovation skills; and information, media, and technology skills.
Whether they are participating in a canned food drive or cleaning up their communities, youth in our programs have the opportunity to “give back.” They participate in ongoing projects to create positive, lasting change.
Youth explore drama, photography, drawing, painting, music, and creative writing through a variety of approaches and materials. By valuing process over product, youth in our programs learn about problem-solving and creative risk-taking in supportive environments.
Youth in our programs have the opportunity to be leaders at the Y and in their community. Writing, speaking, presentation, and conflict resolution skills are developed.
Youth enjoy at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily through the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) curriculum and participation in sports. Youth also enjoy a healthy snack and learn the importance of good nutrition.
Through interaction with international foods and music and studies of foreign language and culture, our programs create global citizens. Youth in our programs learn to value all perspectives.
Parent newsletters and family events ensure that we regularly invite parents into our programs.
Students in Afterschool Academy will engage in:
• Academic Enrichment 30 minutes a day
• College and Career Exploration 2 times per month
• 21st Century Skills 2 times per week
• Service Learning 1x per quarter
• Art Education 1 hour per week
• Leadership Development 2 hours per week
• Health and Wellness 30 minutes a day
• Global Learning and Inclusion 1 hour per week
• Parent and Family Engagement Nights 3 times per year
The YMCA of Greater Birmingham’s Afterschool Academy is available at the following branches.
(Click the branch name to contact the Childcare Director at your preferred location)
SHADES VALLEY 870-9622
YOUTH CENTER 324-1643
MISSION: To put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
VISION: We will lead our community to become the healthiest in America.
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