SPRING HAS SPRUNG in Perth Amboy and the Raritan Bay Area YMCA is excited for what lays ahead for our ShapingNJ projects.
We have wrapped up Teen Center Nights. What big hit they have been! With over 500 teens joining us at our facility to exercise, it was a great way to get them moving over the winter months. Our biggest challenge continued to be space for such a huge turn-out. We were able to work together with our Partners and our wonderful volunteers to continue to keep our doors open and allow the children access to all of our equipment, classes and pools until the program completed this month, but we realized the need to do more.
As a result of this program, we learned that there is a vast amount of teens needing the outlet exercise provides. Having a safe place for them to exercise is imperative and the issue of space needed to be rectified. As such, we will now be working on expanding and formalizing a Joint Use Agreement between the Raritan Bay Area YMCA and The Perth Amboy School District to apply for a 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant.
Within this application, the Y and the school district have included the use of the Perth Amboy Middle Schools on Saturday nights, in the winter to replicate and expand on the Teen Night program. With the additional space of the school gyms, this new program will encourage teens to be more active and engaged on Saturday nights within the safety of their own school districts.
Play Streets will begin again next weekend. Although Play Streets is no longer funded by the ShapingNJ Grant, we felt it was such an important program to get families outside and moving. We wanted to give everyone an update to let you know that the program resulted in us solicited sponsors to help us cover the cost. We will be working with sponsors such as Loman Auto Sales and Service in Woodbridge along with Hot 97 FM and WBLS to continue this program for five days over the summer. We are so grateful to our Sponsors! Please take a look at the following offer from Loman Auto Sales and Service, for every car they sell, they will make a donation to the Y!
Farmers Market/Community Garden
We have begun preparation for our community garden. We had our wonderful artist back to beautify our signage.
We are getting ready to plant our Children’s Garden with volunteers from the neighborhood.
Farmer’s Market Coming to the Y June 16th!