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YMCA of Greater Birmingham To Offer Safe And Enriching After School Programming In Walker County

Beginning Monday, October 3, the YMCA of Greater Birmingham will begin offering its YMCA Afterschool Academy in Walker County. Made possible thanks to a 21st Century Learning grant in partnership with United Way of Central Alabama and Walker County Schools, the Afterschool Academy Program will provide a safe and structured learning environment to children in kindergarten through eighth grade at Oakman Elementary School. The grant will allow the Y to offer the program to all families with children attending Oakman Elementary regardless of household income or inability to pay.

“We are excited about this partnership between Walker County Schools and the United Way of Central Alabama bringing our after school programming to the children and families of Walker County,” said Stan Law, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Birmingham. “Research shows that youth who participate in after school programs perform better academically are healthier, and make better decisions, and we are thrilled to be able to fill this important resource gap to families in Walker County.”

The YMCA of Greater Birmingham’s Afterschool Academy provides comprehensive, age-appropriate, engaging programming designed to help youth in every community succeed developmentally and academically. Through the program, children participate in academic enrichment, leadership development, service learning, and health and wellness activities. Learn more about the YMCA’s Afterschool Academy at

About the YMCA of Greater Birmingham

The YMCA of Greater Birmingham is a charitable organization dedicated to making our community a healthier place to live. Throughout the Greater Birmingham area, the Y is engaged in every neighborhood, nurturing the potential of children and teens, improving the community’s health and well-being, and providing opportunities to give back and support others. That’s why we focus our work in three areas: Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility. Learn more about the YMCA of Greater Birmingham at


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