The YWCA will offer a babysitting class on Saturday, Sept. 29. The class will be led by a trained, certified instructor and students who complete the course will receive a take home manual, portfolio, small first aid kit, emergency information pad and a card identifying them as a trained babysitter. The daylong class will be held at the YWCA, 58 S. Portage St., beginning at 9 a.m. and is scheduled to end at 3 p.m.
Those attending must be between the ages of 11 by the time they attend the class and 15. Students are asked to bring a bag lunch and a note pad, pen or pencil to the class.
At the completion of the course the students will know basic childcare, first aid skills, safety routines and responsible decision making.
The course fee is $25, but there are scholarship monies available to income eligible students. Households with income below $25,000 for three people, $30,000 for four and $35,000 for five are eligible for the fee waiver. Families who wish to apply for financial aid should contact the Y at 326-2011 and make arrangements to complete the application and make a reservation.
There is limited seating and reservations are required by Monday, Sept. 24.
Making strides walk
The YWCA Westfield will be part of the American Cancer Society Walk on Oct. 14. A YWCA Women team is being formed and sponsors are being contacted. The walk raises money to support research and fund services for women affected by breast cancer. Individuals interested in being part of the walk team or making a donation are encouraged to contact the YWCA at 326-2011.
Class instructors needed
The fall semester of classes will begin soon at the YWCA and instructors are needed in several areas.
"Our tumbling classes were very popular and we'd like to offer them again," administrative assistant Michelle Sunday-Warner said. "We're looking for someone to teach beginning tumbling for students from 3 years old through age 8. The hours and days are flexible."
Other classes will be offered during the fall and winter months, depending on instructor availability and interest levels. Individuals interested in teaching a class, those with suggestions on classes or those who would like to be on a call list for classes are encouraged to call the YWCA at 326-2011 for more details.
Under the leadership of Julie Devlin, the YWCA Summer Girls Program completed its 20th summer of specialized activities for girls age 8 through 12. This summer a new partnership with YWCA Jamestown was part of the program. Project Adult Identity Mentoring, or AIM, met with the girls twice each week and provided them with decision making guidance. In addition, the program participants heard from the Girl Scouts, met with women in non-traditional careers, were part of story hour for the YWCA pre school class and helped set up and man the YWCA juice booth during the annual Arts and Crafts Festival. The girls program is an annual program of the YWCA, running six weeks each summer. For more details or to be added to the 2013 class list, contact Devlin at 326-2011.
"While the YWCA makes every effort to be available and in the building at 58 S. Portage during business hours Monday through Friday each week, we are a small staff and often pulled in different directions," Executive Director Katie Smith said. "We encourage people to call and make appointments or check ahead to make sure staff is available to serve them. In addition to day time hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., there is staff available on Tuesday evening from 5 to 7:30 p.m."
The YWCA offices can be reached at 326-2011, and there is an answering machine for messages.
About the YWCA
The YWCA is the voice for every woman. For over a century, the YWCA has spoken out and taken action on behalf of women and girls. The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Over 2 million people participate each year in YWCA programs at more than 1,300 locations across the U.S. worldwide. YWCA serves more than 25 million women and girls in 125 countries.
Locally the YWCA Westfield is a member of the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, the Northeastern Region of YWCA and the national YWCA organization.