The YMCA of Delaware is starting the new year by offering free youth memberships to seventh-grade students who live in or attend school in Delaware. To register, students need to bring a school ID, class roster or recent report card along with a parent or guardian to a local YMCA branch. After registering, seventh-graders will have the opportunity to use the YMCA’s facilities to swim, play in the gym, work out in the fitness center, participate in a group exercise class or enjoy teen activities. Students also can participate in YMCA youth programs, classes and sports.
“Seventh grade is a transitional time for many youth, and at the Y we think it’s crucial to set the foundation for a healthy lifestyle at a young age,” said Jim Kelly, vice president and chief operating officer for the YMCA of Delaware. “Around this age, kids are usually given more freedom to choose how they spend their free time, and we want to encourage kids to make good decisions and form healthy habits.”
As kids become exposed to adolescent challenges, they are more likely to begin distancing themselves from formal organizations, friends and family to experiment with unhealthy behaviors. The seventh-grade initiative offers an alternative where they can make new friends while staying active, and also avoid exposure to counterproductive behaviors.
For more information, go to www.ymcade.org.
The YMCA of Delaware is Delaware’s largest nonprofit organization committed to strengthening the citizens of Delaware through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.