August 20, 2012 |

LEARNING AFTER SCHOOL HELPS YOUTH DO WELL IN SCHOOL

EVERETT, Wash., Aug. 20, 2012 – Providing youth with opportunities to continue to learn and engage in meaningful activities at the end of the school day can boost their academic success. To help motivate and inspire kids to learn, the YMCA of Snohomish County is offering an afterschool program to school-aged children throughout Snohomish County, serving the Everett, Lakewood, Lake Stevens, Marysville, Monroe, Mukilteo and Snohomish School Districts. The Y’s afterschool program combines academics with play and offers a caring and safe environment for youth who would otherwise be left unsupervised.

During the school year, 15.1 million U.S. children are left unsupervised after 3 p.m., according to the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness advocacy organization. In Washington, 31% of children are left alone and responsible for taking care of themselves. With the start of the new school year, the YMCA of Snohomish County encourages parents to make sure that children are involved in safe, educational experiences after school.

“At the YMCA of Snohomish County we believe all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve,” said Scott Washburn, President/CEO, YMCA of Snohomish County. “In the Y’s afterschool programs, youth are cultivating values, skills and relationships and have an extra support system that encourages them to achieve success.”

Studies show participation in afterschool programs helps boost school attendance and academic performance and reduces gaps in academic achievement among children from disadvantaged households.

YMCA afterschool programs promote a love for learning, social and emotional development, and character and creativity. In the YMCA of Snohomish County’s afterschool program youth receive homework assistance, character development, cultural enrichment, and fitness right at the child’s elementary school. Our YMCAs also have afterschool teen center programming for older kids.

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 YMCA of Snohomish County’s afterschool program, please visit your local YMCA family branch or www.ymca-snoco.org/sacc.

Everett Family YMCA

2720 Rockefeller Avenue, Everett – 425 258 .9211

Contact: Nathan Urtz

Marysville Family YMCA

6420 60th Drive NE, Marysville – 360 653 9622

Contact: Tiffini Schlosser

Monroe/Sky Valley Family YMCA

14033 Fryelands Blvd., Monroe – 360 805 1879

Contact: Taryn Dinuis

Mukilteo Family YMCA

10601 47th Place West, Mukilteo – 425 493 9622

Contact: Ka’Ohe Wong

Mill Creek Family YMCA

13723 Puget Park Drive, Everett, WA 98208 – 425 337 0123

Contact: Dawn Sykes

About YMCA of Snohomish County

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The YMCA of Snohomish County has been serving and strengthening our communities since 1901 and has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. The Y offers programs, services, and initiatives to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support our neighbors. For more information please visit us online at ymca-snoco.org.

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