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Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Camp Reed, My Y Story, School Age Care, Summer Camp, Teen, Y Stories, Y Stories, Youth Development, Youth Investment | 0 comments

My Y Story – Omid

My Y Story – Omid

A few years ago, Omid’s family fled Afghanistan and the Taliban. Initially, they escaped to Iran but were forced to flee again due to lack of work and school. They sought refuge in Turkey, but they were still not allowed the freedom to go to work or school. Eventually, the family was able to immigrate to the United States, settling in Spokane. With the help of the YMCA, Omid has been able to succeed in school while overcoming the hardships of being a refugee. Through a collaboration with World Relief, Camp Reed provided him with a full scholarship which allowed him to attend camp for a week of fun in the wilderness at Fan Lake. Omid wrote a letter about his Camp Reed experience. “Last year I had the chance to attend YMCA Camp Reed. Camp was one of my best weeks ever. I had a lot of fun and made a lot of friends. I liked my counselor, Corduroy, and my Junior Counselor, Mac. It was their first...

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Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Camp Reed, Cardio, Central YMCA, Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Impact In Action, Membership, North YMCA, Partners For Youth, School Age Care, Social Responsibility, Sports and Recreation, Strength, Summer Activities, Summer Camp, Teen, Togetherhood, Volunteer, Welcome, Y Stories, YMCA Gives Back, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development, Youth Investment, Youth Sports |

Impact in Action – My Y Story: Quintin Horseman

Impact in Action – My Y Story: Quintin Horseman

Often times a person’s poor first impression can break a relationship before it even begins. Fortunately, this was not the case with Quintin Horseman and Seth Williams of the YMCA Youth Investment program.

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Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Aquatics, Camp Reed, Central YMCA, Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Impact In Action, Membership, North YMCA, Partners For Youth, School Age Care, Social Responsibility, Sports and Recreation, Summer Activities, Summer Camp, Teen, Togetherhood, Volunteer, Welcome, Y Stories, YMCA Gives Back, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Investment, Youth Sports |

Keeping Kids on Track

Keeping Kids on Track

When school ends, many children from low-income families lose access to resources important for positive development such as nutritious meals, adult supervision and activities that keep them engaged mentally.

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Posted by on Apr 2, 2013 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, School Age Care, Social Responsibility, Summer Activities, Teen, Welcome, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development, Zumba |

YMCA of the Inland Northwest’s Healthy Kids Day®

YMCA of the Inland Northwest’s Healthy Kids Day®

YMCA of the Inland Northwest’s Healthy Kids Day® on April 27 Aims to Help Kids Exercise Minds and Bodies [SPOKANE, WA, MARCH 29, 2013]– On Saturday, April 27, the YMCA of the Inland Northwest is celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® with a free community event that encourages kids in Spokane to get moving and learning, and families living healthier. Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, takes place at 1,900 Ys and kick-starts healthier behaviors now and throughout the summer, a critical out-of-school time for children’s health. Many U.S. children do not get the daily recommended hours of physical activity and reading, and daily amounts of healthy foods. According to the latest findings of the YMCA’s Family Health Snapshot – a survey of parents that gauges their children’s activity levels during the school year – only 19 percent of children get 60 minutes of physical activity, only 17 percent read books for fun, and only 12 percent eat at least eight fruits and...

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Posted by on Oct 16, 2012 in Arts and Crafts, Fall Activities, School Age Care, Slider, Teen | 1 comment

How to Carve a Pumpkin

How to Carve a Pumpkin

For me at least, it seems every holiday needs to have some sort of decoration around to help celebrate. With all the festivities happening this October, particularly Halloween, decorating is an absolute must. Some of my favorite decorations during this time are carved pumpkins. Carved pumpkins, or jack-o-lanterns, allow creativity, the ability to get down and dirty (kids especially love this aspect), and provide a traditional decoration which has been used for hundreds of years. Creativity is a big must when decorating your house for Halloween, and carving pumpkins provides the perfect touch to make my house look different from my neighbors (after all, no one wants to make their house look like their neighbors). While most houses traditionally have a jack-o-lantern out front it is unlikely you will find two that are the same. This means you can really make the trick or treaters “oooh” and “ahhh” at the sight of your amazing design. For those who have carved a pumpkin, we all know how messy the pumpkins...

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Posted by on Jul 16, 2012 in School Age Care, Summer Activities, Summer Camp, Youth Development |

Discover Discovery Camp

Discover Discovery Camp

Located at the Central Spokane YMCA, Discovery Camp is a day camp focused on the core principles of science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. Each week of camp is structured around a theme designed to educate, engage and expose children to new and creative aspects of learning about the world around them. With field trips to local cupcake shops, hospitals and the sewage treatment plant as well as meeting local FBI agents and video game creators, kids are sure to enjoy themselves.   This camp is designed with more of a classroom feel, but the kids will still get the traditional day camp experience of hiking around parks, trips to Splashdown, swimming and games.   Week 5 – July 16-20 – You Go Girl It’s cool to be you!  Spend time with friends building strong self esteem, learning about personal well being, discovering new skills, and enjoying stylish activities any girl will love!   Week 6 – July 23-27 – Build it Up For those who love to...

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