CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 12, 2022) – The City of Charlotte on Thursday presented a $2 million check to the YMCA of Greater Charlotte during an event at the Simmons YMCA, located in east Charlotte. The funding will support teen access and programming at six YMCA branches in Charlotte communities with the greatest need.
“The City of Charlotte is once again investing in the future of our children and again working with a trusted partner to make it happen,” said Mayor Vi Lyles. “The YMCA has provided a safe and nurturing environment for hundreds of kids while providing them thousands of meals and I am thrilled that teen access and programming will be returning this summer.”
The city is using American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) money to fund this commitment to the YMCA. This money builds on successful investments that the city has made to the YMCA throughout the pandemic. The city recognizes the many challenges that teenagers in Charlotte have faced throughout the pandemic and is proud that thousands of local teens will have access to healthy programming and opportunities administered by the YMCA.
The funding will support the following at participating branches:
- Teen access to the YMCA.
- Level Up programming:
- Free program providing a safe space to play games and sports, create art, show off talents, eat and make new friends.
- Teen access to resident camps and outdoor experiences such as summer, spring break and winter camps.
- Education enrichment:
- Social emotional learning.
- Early learning tool kits.
- YMCA staff development.
- Mental health initiatives.
- Chronic disease prevention for youth and their families.
Participating YMCA locations are:
- Johnston YMCA – 3025 North Davidson Street.
- Keith Family YMCA – 8100 Old Mallard Creek Road.
- McCrorey Family YMCA – 3801 Beatties Ford Road.
- Simmons YMCA – 6824 Democracy Drive.
- Steele Creek YMCA – 2135 Ayrsley Town Boulevard.
- Stratford Richardson YMCA – 1946 West Boulevard.
“The Y is incredibly thankful for our ongoing partnership with the City of Charlotte, which allows for expanded YMCA access for youth and teens in communities that need it most,” said Stan Law, president & CEO of YMCA of Greater Charlotte. “We know that thousands of kids in our community are in need of critical assistance, and our facilities and programs are uniquely positioned to provide a safe space for kids to experience educational enrichment, healthy activities and mental health support.”
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About YMCA of Greater Charlotte
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA of Greater Charlotte nurtures the potential of children and teens, improves our community’s health and well-being, and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Deeply rooted in the community for nearly 150 years, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. The YMCA of Greater Charlotte is a proud recipient of a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. www.ymcacharlotte.org