AFTER SCHOOL, THE Y HELPS KIDS REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL

A new school year is filled with potential—a chance to start new routines and habits, build new friendships and discover new possibilities and interests. It’s an exciting time for many kids, however—at the end of the school day, 1 in 5 children kids do not have someone to care for them after school, according to Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness organization. As families are transitioning from summer to fall, the Greater Naples YMCA is offering programs to school-aged children throughout Collier County to keep youth active, busy and engaged during out-of-school time.

Through a well-rounded approach to youth development, the Y’s program offers activities in a caring and safe environment during the critical hours after school. Whether through sports, mentorship, or academic support, the Y nurtures the potential of youth throughout the school year.

“Over 11 million children are unsupervised between 3 and 6pm, an essential time to help increase children’s success in school,” said Angeliz Ramos, YMCA Youth Development Director. “Afterschool at the Y is an opportunity for families to ensure their kids are receiving additional support, continued learning and a chance to participate in meaningful activities that can inspire children’s motivations and help them reach their potential.”

In the Y’s afterschool program, youth receive help with homework and can also explore activities like swim, sports, youth fitness and more. Financial assistance is available to those in need, to ensure every child and teen has the opportunity to learn and grow at the Y.

For more information about the Greater Naples YMCA’s afterschool program, click here: www.greaternaplesymca.org/afterschool.html or contact Angeliz Ramos, YMCA Youth Development Director, at aramos@greaternaplesymca.org.