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New Y Roads Center Opens in Bronx

The YMCA of Greater New York and Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT) celebrated yesterday the Bronx borough expansion of the Y Roads program, which puts New York City's "opportunity youth" on paths towards higher education and careers. On hand to celebrate the new center were Bronx Deputy Borough President Aurelia Greene, District 16 Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson, and District 17 Council Member Maria del Carmen Arroyo. Read more…

YMCA launches program for disconnected youth in The Bronx

High school wasn’t working out for Viatris Balbi. Although she enrolled at a school in Manhattan late in 2012, she found the material boring, the classes too large, the students unfriendly and the individual attention from teachers lacking, so more often than not, she would just decide not to show up. “I didn’t have any ambition at the time,” she said. However, about two weeks ago, Balbi, 17, started taking courses with Y Roads in The Bronx, a free program geared toward helping improve the lives of 16- to 24-year-olds in the city who are not working and not in school. Read more…

The YMCA of Greater New York and Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow Celebrate the Expansion of the

The YMCA of Greater New York and Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT) celebrated today the Bronx borough expansion of the Y Roads program, which puts New York City’s “opportunity youth” on paths towards higher education and careers. On hand to celebrate the new center were Bronx Deputy Borough President Aurelia Greene, District 16 Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson, and District 17 Council Member Maria del Carmen Arroyo. Read more…

Students at Staten Island’s PS 39 put their green thumbs to good use for heart-healthy harvest

Students at PS 39 are getting a hands-on lesson on growing, harvesting and eating healthy foods in partnership with the American Heart Association and the YMCA. The Staten Island YMCA, which sponsors the Y After School program at PS 39, earlier this year helped students plant the borough's first American Heart Association Teaching Garden alongside the red-brick school building off Sand Lane and McFarland Avenue. About 80 students participated in the program Read more…

National Grid Awards $20,000 Grant to the Rockaway Y at Arverne by the Sea

On Wednesday, October 22, National Grid awarded a $20,000 grant to the YMCA of Greater New York for the newly constructed Rockaway Y at Arverne by the Sea, which has quickly become an anchor of the community since the facility opened in February of this year. The location provides valuable services to local residents in an area still fighting to recover from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Read more…

The New York Life Foundation awards $1 million grant to the YMCA of Greater New York

The YMCA of Greater New York announced today that it received a four-year, $1 million grant from the New York Life Foundation to expand the Y Scholars Middle School Program. The Y Scholars Program is currently offered at 19 sites throughout the five boroughs of New York and serves more than 1,200 children. The grant will allow the Y to expand to four additional middle school sites, reaching at least 400 additional children in New York City. Read more…

Adult literacy programs soldier on despite steep budget cuts

Central Harlem has some of the lowest education statistics in New York. Only 20 percent of Central Harlem’s residents aged 25 and up have a college degree, according to a 2006 Department of Mental Health and Hygiene report. This is less than half the rate in Manhattan, Furthermore, 22 percent of residents have not completed high school. Organizations like the YMCA and nonprofits such as Literacy Partners are dedicated to improving those numbers and boosting adult literacy in the community. Read more…