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Learning Beyond the Classroom with the YMCA

How did this happen? Summer’s almost over and the new school year is just weeks away. As we dive back into back-to-school season, the YMCAs of Tampa Bay want to help keep your kids active, busy and engaged during out-of-school time. Through a holistic approach to youth development and learning, Y programs offer activities in a caring and safe environment during the critical hours after school. Whether through academic support, mentorship or sports, the Y nurtures the potential of youth throughout the school year.

Study after study shows learning enrichment after school is essential to increasing success in the classroom. The opportunity to get additional learning and support, as well as participate in meaningful activities can inspire and motivate kids to succeed. The Y is a leading nonprofit committed to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, supporting their social-emotional, cognitive and physical development from birth to career.

Did you know the Y offers before and afterschool programs throughout the Tampa Bay area? And these programs are much more than a babysitting service. They provide:

Academic Enrichment: Trained counselors provide tutoring and homework help. At select sites, mentors work in small groups or one-on-one with students to improve their reading performance and develop positive self-esteem.

Wellness: Kids participate in structured physical activities indoors and outdoors. They’re also provided water and healthy snacks to help prevent childhood obesity.

Values: Counselors teach a curriculum based on caring, honesty, respect and responsibility to help prevent bullying and school violence.

Family Strengthening: Safe, reliable and conveniently-located programs to support working families. The afterschool programs are operated on-site at public elementary schools in addition to several YMCA locations.

For the older youth, the Y runs a variety of teen programs aimed to strengthen their leadership skills, community service and physical fitness. As you can see, the Y believes guidance, encouragement and support provides the best chance for youth to succeed in school and life.

So, after school head on over to your local Y where kids and teens are learning, exercising and making friends each day. To see how your children can learn, grow and thrive at the Y, visit and check out what youth programs are offered at the location most convenient to you!

As the communications director, Lalita Llerena oversees all internal and external communications for the Tampa YMCA. Before starting her public relations career, Lalita managed a 24-hour local TV news team as an executive producer. Prior to her nine years in the Tampa/St. Petersburg market, Lalita produced, reported and anchored for TV and radio outlets in Orlando and Gainesville. Lalita graduated with a communications degree from the University of Florida. She lives in Riverview with her husband, Danny, and their 8-year-old daughter, Daniella, and 4-year-old son, Logan.


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