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.
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.
A Y member who came into the YMCA for a healthier lifestyle and achieved so much more.
Last week was Screen-Free Week. I didn’t notice because my eyes were on the prize: Mother’s Day, the best day of all. Now that the mommy merriment has simmered down, I’m catching up on other things discussed in Internetland, which (paradoxically) included Screen-Free Week. Parents are forced to think about screens from the start. There are clear reasons to turn off screens. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends “no more than one to two hours per day” of “high-quality content”. But how am I supposed to manage that for my child when one of her parents (ahem) spends at least that trolling Gawker? Luckily, as with most things, there are people doing this better than me. I’ve pulled together popular and easy tips below. (Fun fact: when you search for ‘screen-free parenting,’ Google suggests ‘scream-free parenting’ which may be just as helpful.) Four tips to reduce your family’s screen time: 1. Device basket: Keep a basket nearby where all family members have to ‘check-in’ devices when they enter the... Read More
Nothing says summer quite like the season’s first trip to the swimming pool or beach. Spending time in and around the water is a fun summer activity that helps us be physically active and stay cool in the heat of the sun. To fully enjoy and appreciate the pastime, however, it is important for both children and adults to feel confident and secure in the water. Without vigilance, a relaxing day at the lake or lake can quickly become unsafe. As the largest operator of swimming pools in the U.S., the Y understands and believes in the importance of practicing safety in and around the water. The Y recommends children and adults practice the following safety tips to help ensure a safe and fun summer: •Swim only when and where there is a lifeguard on duty. •Never swim alone. •Constantly and actively watch children in your care while in and around the water, and always remain within an arm’s reach. •Wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket if you are... Read More
Children Suffering with Cancer Can Continue Summertime Fun [SPOKANE, JANUARY 6, 2014] – The American Cancer Society (ACS) awarded all camp operations to YMCA Camp Reed so our community can to continue providing the best week of summer for children living with cancer. In March, the American Cancer Society announced it will no longer fund camps across the nation, including the local chapter known as Camp Goodtimes – East. Although this change was been made, the American Cancer Society will continue to offer free information, programs and services to cancer patients, as well as fund research and support legislative efforts to save lives from cancer. Thanks to broad based community support and the YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Camp Goodtimes will continue providing a medically supervised, weeklong camp for children effected by cancer. YMCA Camp Reed was the original host site of Camp Goodtimes, successfully hosting it for twenty years. “This collaboration with the American Cancer Society creates a win-win for our community and speaks volumes about the collaborative... Read More