THE Y’S IMPACT IN 2021
DISTANCE LEARNING SUPPORT
Last spring, with virtual learning in schools, the Y provided more than 25,000 hours of distance learning and afterschool support for 84 children, so their parents and caregivers were able to work and provide for their families.
CHILD CARE FOR SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN
When children returned to the classroom this fall, the Y was at the ready, providing essential before and after school care for working families. 422 children are enrolled in licensed programs in the Princeton and Montgomery school districts at 7 sites, including the Princeton Young Achievers program.
AQUATICS FOR ALL
The Y’s pool has provided a lifeline to members who depend on water exercise to manage chronic health issues; the 450 swim lessons taught in 2021 ensured that children are safe around the water and drownings are prevented.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR CONNECTION AND SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL GROWTH FOR YOUTH
The pandemic has robbed children of time to connect to one another and develop relationship skills. In 2021, the Y engaged 1,576 children ages 0 – 17 in a wide range of activities to help them grow and thrive.
The Y’s ACE mentoring program supported 24 teens at risk of chronic absenteeism with help from trained volunteer mentors focused on keeping students on track and participating in school.
FOOD DELIVERIES TO NEIGHBORS IN NEED
In 2021, YMCA staff coordinated the delivery of 14,400 pounds of fresh produce, dairy and proteins for local families in partnership with local organizations.
ONLY SUMMER CAMP IN TOWN
For a second summer during the pandemic, the Y offered the only summer camp with a full-day childcare option for working families. 233 children participated, with more than $33,000 provided in financial assistance. Protocols ensured a safe and FUN experience for all.
NEW! FREE FULL DAY PRESCHOOL
Starting in September, the YMCA launched a full-day preschool at the Crimmins Learning Center in partnership with Princeton Community Village and Princeton Public Schools, serving 15 children, ages 3-4, with state-licensed, accredited teachers.
Throughout the COVID 19 crisis, our Y has worked hard to keep the facility and programs open safely so members can maintain their healthy routines. In 2021, 949 adults and 177 seniors have used the wellness center and the gym, participated in group exercise, and benefited from martial arts and other physical programs.