Class instructor Courtney Spence from the YMCA Jamestown taught a group of students during a recent babysitting class.
"The YWCA Westfield is pleased to partner with the Jamestown YMCA and offer babysitting classes to young people in the Westfield area," board chair Ivy Higginbotham said. "This has been a class that students and parents have requested and we're glad to work with the Y in Jamestown and periodically make this available. Late in September, 15 young people were trained and are now certified babysitters. We expect to offer another class in the spring and anyone interested in welcome to call and be put on the class list."
Babysitting class instructor Courtney Spence from the YMCA Jamestown works with a group of students from a recent class at the YWCA Westfield.
The YWCA expects to begin tumbling classes on Monday, Oct. 15. Classes will be offered at 5 p.m. for students ages 3 to 5 and at 6 p.m. for students ages 5 to 7. Each class will be 50 minutes and focus on the basics of summersaults, handstands, cartwheels and balancing. Each student must have a current YWCA membership which costs $10. The class fee is $30 per month and can be paid in advance or at the first class. Class size is limited, so pre-registration is suggested. To reserve a spot, call the YWCA at 326-2011.
Turn on the Pink
The YWCA Westfield has a limited supply of pink light bulbs designed to be used during October which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The light bulbs are available for $3 each and can be purchased at the Y during business hours. Pink wristbands and support cards are also available at the YWCA office for $1 donation. In addition the YWCA is working on a team for the Making Strides Walk on Sunday, Oct. 14. Anyone interested in walking with the YWCA or making a donation to support breast cancer research is encouraged to contact the YWCA.
Lights On After School
Planning continues for the Lights On After School celebration sponsored by the YWCA After School Advantage Program. On Wednesday, Oct. 17, each of the after school groups will be celebrating National Lights on Afternoon, an event that marks the importance and success of after school programs.
According to program coordinator Julie Devlin, the students are circulating a petition advocating continued funding for after school programs, they have designed light bulbs that represent "bright ideas" developed during the after school program, and each age group is working on a performance that will be shared during the celebration. Details and specifics will be sent home will all the after school advantage program participants and any members of the public interested in attending are encouraged to contact Devlin at 326-4012.
Youth Center activities begin
"YWCA Youth Center is open and ready for activities," Youth Center Director Julie Devlin said. "Each Thursday evening we're here from 7 to 9 p.m., to welcome students in middle and high school. Girls and boys are welcome to join us for a variety of activities, games and a snack. Walk-ins are welcome, no pre-registration is necessary and the required paperwork can be completed during their first visit."
For more information contact Devlin at 326-2011.
A variety of rooms are available for rent at the YWCA. Overnight accommodations can be arranged, and the large assembly room, the living room and the kitchen can all be reserved for private parties and special occasion celebrations. To reserve a date, to arrange a tour or to learn more about the facility, call the main office at 326-2011.
United Way partnership
The YWCA is pleased to continue its partnership with the Northern Chautauqua County United Way.
"The campaign funds and pledges we receive through the United Way allow us to continue our tradition of excellent child care and youth services throughout the Westfield area," YWCA Child Services Director Brenda Backus said. "We are pleased to continue working with the United Way and we appreciate all the support we receive through their efforts."
About the YWCA
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. On the national level the YWCA serves as the voice for every woman and serves over 125 women internationally. The mission of the YWCA focuses on empowering women, eliminating racism and promoting peace, justice, dignity and freedom for all.