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Association Board of Directors
2010 -2011 Partners With Youth Campaign
Campaign Goal – $130,000
Annually the YMCA of the Coastal Bend conducts a Partner with Youth Strong Kids Campaign which raises the much needed funds to support children and families in our community as well as enlarges the volunteer base for our YMCA. This annual campaign intertwines the efforts of more than 50 volunteers who receive more than 250 gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations in an effort to fund support for our YMCA. These generous gifts ensure that financial hardship will never be a barrier to anyone with the desire to participate in YMCA membership and program opportunities here in the Coastal Bend. The goal of the Campaign is to insure the resources of the YMCA are available to everyone in our community.
The YMCA mission is the foundation of all our programs and activities. The annual Partners with Youth Campaign is a major driver of our mission to make and fulfill promises to kids, families and communities. Following last year’s outstanding work in raising $141,000 in pledges, this year, the Association Board is being asked to consider $438,622 in needs for key programs. The YMCA will combine their volunteer fundraising effort with the United Way and local foundations to make sure our programs are accessible to all.
Partners with Youth Teach Our Children to Swim
The YMCA Board of Directors dedicates $33,035 from the Partners Campaign to help teach children through the T. C. Ayers Free Swim Program. The program provides lessons, open and lap swimming at 926 Coke Street, Corpus Christi, Texas. The program originated when the City of Corpus Christi started to charge for swimming at all of their public pools. The T.C. Ayers Complex was closed because the participants could not afford the fees and the participation numbers at the pool did not justify keeping open. Each year the YMCA raises the money through the Annual Partner with Youth Strong Kids Program. This program provides the YMCA the financial resources to maintain lifeguards and Water Safety instructors for the pool site. The City of Corpus Christi continues to maintain the pool during the off-season
The program is a ten week program beginning June 8th and operating through August 13th of 2010.
Partners with Youth to Create Future Leaders
The Board of Directors allocates $146,272 to scholarships for youth and teens to attend Y-Leaders and Youth and Government programs. Youth in middle school and high school need to be connected with positive, caring adults who encourage them to stay in school, set goals and discover what interests they can cultivate. During their out-of-school time, they need to be engaged in activities that stress academic excellence, career enhancement, civic engagement and life management skills. Teens need safe places to go after school, on weekends and during the summer months to be engaged in healthy activities and establishing strong relationships that are values-based and character focused – they need adult role models/mentors to help them transition well to adulthood. Every young person participating in this program earns a free YMCA membership.
Y-Middle School Leaders Clubs (seven different middle schools): builds future leaders for our nation by developing citizenship and leadership skills while encouraging academic improvement, development of self-esteem, and participation in community service projects. The leaders program teaches Robert Rules, Service Learning and Citizenship.
High School Youth and Government (five different high schools): are civic engagement programs that give youth an exciting experience in the mechanics of state government. YG provides opportunities for youth to study and debate public issues, experience the judicial branch of state government, write legislation and participate in a Youth Legislature. Students across the State of Texas participate in their local District Conferences and culminate their year of learning about how government works by becoming the State’s leaders during a mock legislative session at the State Y & G conference in Austin.
Youth Activities Council (Carroll High and South Park Middle schools) provides input to the City of Corpus Christi in regard to young adult issues in the 78415 area
Partners to Instill Confidence in Our Youth
The Board of Directors allocates $111,115 to scholarships for our Youth Net Tutoring program. Youth Net is meant to be a collaborative effort under the umbrella of the North Side committee. The network of services includes tutoring, educational, social and recreational activities. During the school year YMCA program participants receive tutoring and hot meals four nights per week. On Fridays the participants are awarded field trips to the YMCA and the Art Museum of South Texas for progressing in social behavior, school and doing their homework assignments.
At the end of the school year participants who have earned enough points can attend yearly 12-week summer camp. The Board of Directors allocates another $22,000 summer for this part of the program.
Partners for All
The Board of Directors allocates $46,200 to scholarships for membership to our facility. Here our families can take advantage of a variety of opportunities.
Partners in Health
The Board of Directors allocates $79,000 a year in collaboration with Driscoll Children’s Health Plan to provide memberships for family members of a child signed up with Driscoll Children’s Health Plan. Any family who has a child on the Driscoll Children’s health insurance program (CHIPS) can also have a free membership to the YMCA of the Coastal Bend.
Partners in Program Quality
The YMCA will survey program participants (or their parents) in order to improve YMCA programs, starting with our afterschool and teen programs. The YMCA will measure how individual programs make a difference, and why; assist program directors to make quality improvements resulting in more impact and higher enrollments; and provide the YMCA with credible outcome documentation to share with stakeholders. The YMCA Board of Directors dedicates $1,000 to help fund this project.
YMCA 2009 Program Facts
- The YMCA Youth Net After School Tutoring program at the North Side Manor pairs Elementary school students with college students to work on reading skills and to have fun in the after school setting.
In 2009, 167 youth were served in the YMCA’s Youth Net After School tutoring program. In addition, 59 youth participated in the YMCA’s annual Shoes for Kids Program, 150 youth participated in the North Side Christmas party and 69 youth participated in the North Side summer recreational program.
- Youth Sports Programs were held at the Downtown YMCA as well as in Calallen and Rockport. Youth participated in basketball and Itty Bitty sports.
A total of 721 youth participated in youth sports programs in 2009.
- Summer Day Camp program at the Downtown YMCA is a full day summer camp program for school age children.
In 2009 there were 1,394 camp participants during our twelve week summer program. In addition to summer camp, 221 youth participated in other camp opportunities during Spring Break, Fall Break, Thanksgiving and Christmas Break.
- Afterschool Childcare at Incarnate Word Academy and Central Catholic Elementary Schools provide educational and recreational opportunities for school age children.
A total of 156 youth were served throughout the school year in YMCA afterschool programs.
- Y-Leader Clubs are held at Martin, Wynn Seale, Driscoll, Baker, Tom Browne, South Park and Grant Middle Schools. These clubs provide leadership development opportunities in a group setting. Students participate in a variety of community service projects.
In 2009, 174 middle school youth were served in Y-Leaders programs.
- The YMCA’s Youth and Government Programs at Miller, Ray, Carroll, and Moody High schools focuses on leadership development, political awareness, and citizenship.
A total of 126 high school students participated in Youth and Government during 2009.
- The Community Youth Development (CYD) leadership program at Carroll, Ray and Moody High Schools and Baker, Tom Browne and South Park Middle Schools provide students with the opportunity to learn leadership skills.
A total of 150 youth participated in this program. Special event programs with the CYD participants at Summer Palooza and Get Out and Play provided YMCA programs to an estimated additional 1,000 participants.
- The YMCA’s T. C. Ayers Summer Swim programs offers children and families from the Northside of Corpus Christi offers at no charge swim lessons and open swim.
A total of 675 families and youth were served in the 2009 T.C. Ayers summer program.
- YMCA Swim lessons are offered year round for children of all ages and adults.
A total of 93 youth and families participated in swim lessons in 2009.
- The YMCA’s annual Healthy Kids Day is celebrated every April focusing on Health and Fitness activities to lead to healthy lifestyles.
In 2009 100 families and youth were served in this annual event.