Over the course of the summer a group of young ladies engaged in community service activities, heard from women in non-traditional occupations, studied positive choices and practiced good decision making skills. In addition, they were part of the summer activities at Welch Field and also worked with some of the children in the YWCA preschool classes. The girls program is a six-week summer program dedicated to helping young ladies ages 8 to 12 learn leadership skills, team building and self esteem. To learn more about the program, contact Julie Devlin at 326-2011.
A group of young ladies who participated in the 2012 YWCA Girls Summer Program.
The YWCA's Zumba class will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 12. The hour-long class will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be led by Holly Spoon. Spoon is a newly certified Zumba instructor and has held classes in Mayville Park throughout the summer. The $5 fee is payable at the door, no registration is required and walk-ins are welcome. The class will be held in the YWCA gym and participants should use the parking lot door for access.
Several spots remain for the Saturday, Sept. 29 babysitting class, scheduled at the YWCA. The class is open to students age 11 to 15. During the daylong class, the students will learn emergency first aid, responsible decision making processes and practice basic child care techniques. The class fee is $25 and must be paid in advance. Those interested can learn more and register by calling the YWCA Westfield at 326-2011.
The YWCA Westfield is interested in hiring an instructor for its tumbling class. The class is geared towards children ages 3 to 8 and should focus on balance, summersaults and other mat related activities. The instructor must be over 18, interested in working with young children and have flexible hours and days available. More details are available by contacting the YWCA at 326-2011.
Preschool and school age child care
Parents are reminded the fall semester for preschool, day care and other child care services offered by the YWCA are beginning throughout September. Registration materials, sign up sheets and schedules have been provided to families already enrolled. Anyone interested in learning more about the youth services offered through the YWCA is encouraged to contact the Y at 326-2011 or the youth services office at 326-4012.
Making Strides Walk
The YWCA Westfield will be participating in the Sunday, Oct. 14 Making Strides Walk, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Individuals interested in walking with the Y team or making a donation are encouraged to contact the YWCA or log onto the official website, www.cancer.org/strideslonline and search for the YWCA Women team.
The September meeting of the YWCA Board of Directors is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 18. Featured at this meeting will be Patricia Smith, president of Management Strategies. Area women interested in serving on the YWCA Board of Directors are encouraged to contact YWCA Executive Director Katie Smith at 326-2011 or talk with any current board member.
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 1300 locations across the U.S. worldwide, YWCA serves more than 25 million women and girls in 125 countries.
Locally the YWCA Westfield was chartered in 1906 and 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.