Y Launches New Programs This Winter

This winter, the Y will introduce new programs for kids, teens, and adults providing opportunities for all ages to grow, have fun, connect with others, and try something new. Registration for winter programs at the Y begins November 14 at 9:00am, both online and at the Y. Winter programs range in session length and begin Monday, November 28. Several programs are open to both members and non-members of the New Canaan YMCA, with members receiving a program discount as a benefit of their membership. Financial assistance for membership and program fees is also available thanks to donations to the Y.

New programs for preschoolers include arts & crafts and STEM classes encouraging social skills, creativity, and fostering a love for learning. These programs join the Y’s other popular offerings for this age which include swim lessons, Bouncing Bears preschool gymnastics, and sports classes.

New school-age and teen recreation and leadership programs will also be introduced this winter, including the Y’s Leaders Club, which focuses on community service and leadership, and the national Youth & Government program. The Youth & Government program provides high schoolers with the opportunity to learn and experience government policies and methodologies first-hand. This unique program is made up of thousands of teens nationwide in state-organized, model government programs. Participants immerse themselves in experiential civic engagement, debate issues that affect citizens in their state, and even propose legislation. The program culminates with teens serving as delegates at their state conference, debating bills on the floor of the legislature.

Sports and recreational programming for this age group will also return this winter including swim lessons, basketball, volleyball, golf, cooking club, competitive swimming, artistic (synchronized) swimming, and diving, plus youth wellness programs including conditioning, strength training, and yoga. Also returning this winter is the popular community youth ski and board club, which visits Thunder Ridge Ski Mountain weekly on Fridays throughout the season.

The New Canaan YMCA’s special needs programming will continue to be robust this winter, offering over 10 specialized programs for ages 5 and older with special needs, plus the option for inclusive support among our traditional programs as well. These programs and services are made possible through donations to the New Canaan YMCA.

The Y will also be introducing additional safety certification courses this winter. In addition to the Red Cross Babysitting course available to ages 11-15, new courses will also be offered for community members ages 15 and older. These courses include a Red Cross Wilderness First Aid course and the Red Cross First Aid Training for Parents & Caregivers, which certifies participants in pediatric First Aid, CPR, and AED. Each of these courses are one-day programs and are open to New Canaan YMCA members and non-members.

The New Canaan YMCA is also excited to announce a new program in its chronic disease community support offerings. In addition to the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA cancer survivor program and its programming for those with Parkinson’s Disease, the Y will be introducing the National YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) in January. The National YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program is a lifestyle intervention program that helps participants throughout the country actively engage in moving toward personal health and wellness goals. The program will connect participants with a lifestyle coach at the Y and a greater community of like-minded health-seekers that motivate participants on their journey towards a healthier lifestyle. The Y is hosting an upcoming information session about the program on Monday, November 14 at 10:30am and 6:30pm. Those interested in learning more about the program can contact Eva Saint, New Canaan YMCA Wellness Director, to learn more at 203-920-1623 or esaint@newcanaanymca.org.

A complete listing of winter programming is available online at www.newcanaanymca.org/registration. For additional information regarding winter programs or registration, call 203-966-4528. For additional information about membership at the Y and to schedule a tour, contact Mary Coleman, Membership Director, at 203-920-1630. Thanks to donations made to the New Canaan YMCA, financial assistance is available for both membership and program fees. To learn more about financial assistance at the Y, contact Diana Riolo, Assistant Director of Development & Community Impact, at 203-920-1653 or driolo@newcanaanymca.org.