The 2020 Vision of the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties is to support youth development, improve healthy living, and ensure access to all members of our community by working through partnerships and collaborations.
Working through partnerships, we are able to deepen the way we serve families in Pierce and Kitsap Counties and meet the goals of fostering each child's cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development through opportunities and experiences which focus on achievement, relationships, and belonging.
Through an extraordinary collaboration between Tacoma Public Schools, Metro Parks Tacoma, the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties, and the Boys and Girls Club, Tacoma youth now have access to instructional sports programs after school.
Beginning this fall, the new partnerships will offer school-based recreational sports leagues to elementary school students.
- Fall: Soccer
- Winter: Basketball, Flag Football
- Spring: Baseball/Fastpitch
Partnership Program Benefits:
- Encourages physical activity and teamwork
- Reduces transportation barriers
- Promotes school pride
- Boosts community connections
- Youth volunteer program for off-season high school athletes
Angie White, Activity Coordinator
The Y is committed to helping our youth learn, grow, and thrive by making the Wednesday Morning Program available to every Peninsula School District elementary school child at no charge.
During the hour of teacher collaboration time on Wednesday mornings, students experience thirty minutes of physical activity and programming focused on values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
Register: Return completed registration form to YMCA staff at your school site on Wednesday morning.
Lisa Cates, Peninsula Program Director
Washington State University and 4-H Partnership
The YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties is a partner of the Washington State University 4-H Youth Development Program to deliver 4-H S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum within YMCA Before and After School programs.
A "Growing 4-H Science Grant" has provided resources to help engage more students (who might otherwise not be interested) in STEM programming. The goal is to increase program sustainability, build in systems and create access for school-aged youth to participate in this curriculum by training YMCA staff members (caring adults) to deliver 4-H STEM curriculum.
STEM programs engage youth in hands-on, experiential scientific activities developing life skills, natural curiosity, and interest in the world of science. These activities will help youth connect classroom learning with real world applications.
Did you know: Washington State currently ranks 46th in participation in science and engineering graduate programs, and students of color earn less than 5% of the STEM post secondary degrees awarded in Washington.
Child and Adult Care Food Program
The YMCA partners with the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) to ensure nutritious meals and snacks are provided at every care location.
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides federal funds to nonresidential child care and adult care facilities to serve nutritious meals and snacks. The goal is to improve and maintain the health and nutritional status of children and adults in care while promoting the development of good eating habits.