YMCA offers 7th-graders free membership

School is beginning and with it comes a great opportunity for all Chester County seventh-graders – a complimentary one-year membership to the YMCA.

Kids simply need to bring a school ID, roster, or report card, along with a parent or guardian, to their local branch to register. After registering, membership includes the use of the YMCA’s facilities, where seventh-graders can swim, play in the gym and work out in the wellness centers under staff supervision. In addition, they are able to participate in YMCA programs, classes and sports. Last year, more than 1,100 seventh-graders took advantage of this free membership.

“We think it’s crucial to set the foundation for a healthy lifestyle at a young age,” said YMCA of Greater Brandywine President & CEO Denise Day. “Our 7th Grade Initiative helps kids fall in love with an active way of life. Kids at this age are discovering who they are, and we want to ensure that they’re set up for future success through that active lifestyle.”

As kids face adolescence’s challenges, they’re more likely to begin distancing themselves from formal organizations, friends and family and to experiment with unhealthy behaviors. The 7th Grade Initiative offers an alternative, where they can make new friends while staying active and also avoid exposure to those counter-productive behaviors.

The 7th Grade Initiative is fully funded by the YMCA through the Chester County Corporate Golf Championship. The outing this year will be held on Oct. 1. For more information or to make a donation, click here, https://www.ymcagbw.org/corporate-cup.

For more information on the YMCA of Greater Brandywine’s 7th Grade Initiative, please visit any of our branches, which include the Brandywine YMCA, Jennersville YMCA, Kennett Area YMCA, Lionville Community YMCA, Upper Main Line YMCA, West Chester Area YMCA and the Oscar Lasko YMCA and Childcare Center.

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