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Kish YMCA offers after-school program

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To help motivate and inspire children to discover their potential, the Kishwaukee Family YMCA is offering an after-school program to school-aged children throughout DeKalb School District 428 and partners with Sycamore School District 427 through the OSCAR program.

The Y’s after-school program combines academics with play and offers a caring and safe environment where youth can achieve, feel a sense of belonging, build relationships and explore new interests.

Through a national partnership between YMCA of the USA and the Walmart Foundation, this year’s program will combine learning enrichment activities with physical activity to keep minds and bodies active, while also serving a healthy meal to kids participating through the DeKalb School District who may otherwise be at risk of hunger when the school day ends. With more than 16 million U.S. children under age 18 living with food insecurity, the Kishwaukee Family YMCA understands the importance of addressing hunger by participating as one of 1,300 locations across the country in the Afterschool Meal Program.

One in four U.S. children is left unsupervised at the end of school day, according to the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness advocacy organization. In Illinois, that rate is even higher, with 28 percent of K-12 youth taking care of themselves after school.

In the Kishwaukee Family YMCA’s after-school program, youth receive homework help, activities and CATCH lessons promoting physical activity and healthy eating habits, exposure to sports/exercise, karate, arts and crafts, asset building and healthy snacks. Financial assistance is available to those in need.

For more information, contact Lesley Feyerherm at 815-756-9577, ext. 13, or lfeyerherm@kishymca.org, or visit kishymca.org/program/afterschool.

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