To bring about meaningful change, individuals need ongoing encouragement and tools. We’re here day-in and day-out to provide the resources our communities need to address the most pressing social issues: child welfare, education, employment, housing and substance abuse. We work to make sure every child, family and community has what they need to achieve their best.

Summer Learning Loss Prevention

In 2011, a study from the American Educational Research Association found that a student who can’t read at grade level by 3rd grade is four times likely to graduate by age 19 than a child who does read proficiently by that time. When the student is low-income and reading below grade level in 3rd grade, they are 13 times less likely to graduate on time than his or her proficient, wealthier peer. During the summer, low-income students can lose months of reading skills and when they return to school they inevitably fall further and further behind.

In collaboration with Xavier School of Excellence, the YMCA of Michiana’s Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program offers summer reading and enrichment for first- and second-grade children from low-income environments who are reading below grade level. Children enrolled in the program improve their literacy skills and gain the traction they need to catch up to their peers and perform well for the rest of their academic career. We combine the academics of summer school with the fun of summer camp to help each child reach his or her full potential and discover the joy of learning. Click here to learn more.

 

Michiana Swims

The YMCA of Michiana is dedicated to keeping our local kids safe around water. Michiana Swims provides free swim gear, lessons and transportation to local second graders who might otherwise not have the opportunity. The program supported entirely by community support through donations and grants. Click here to learn more.

 

LIVESTRONG® At The YMCA

As diagnosis and treatment of cancer improves, more and more patients find themselves in a transitional period between completing cancer treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to return to their normal life (or their “new normal”). Our program will take place at the YMCA of Michiana as opposed to a medical facility, so that we can focus on well-being, not disease. LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is a free twelve-week, small group program that meets an important need in our community: supporting the increasing number of cancer survivors. Click here to learn more.

 

Outdoor Education

The Outdoor Education program currently serves over 2,000 local students each year. During a two- to five-day stay at YMCA Camp Eberhart, students experience school in a new environment. We have a range of classes that correspond with school curriculum and can be adapted for the 4th to 7th grade level by our excellent Outdoor Education instructors. Many of the classes relate closely to the curriculum for both MEAP testing in Michigan and ISTEP testing in Indiana. Click here to learn more.

 

Volunteerism/Giving

When you are involved with the Y, you help bring about lasting personal and social change. Whether you want to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve your or your family’s health and well-being, or give back and support your neighbors, your involvement with the Y will positively impact those in your community. When you become a volunteer or make a donation, you have the opportunity to share your blessings with those who need it most. Your time and talent changes lives.