The YMCA 7th Grade Membership Initiative Promotes the Health and Well-Being of Young Adolescents

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Free One Year YMCA Memberships Available to all 7th Graders in the Region

The YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity has a longstanding tradition of creatively adapting its services to the changing needs and interests of its constituents. Accordingly, the YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity is proud to partner with the Pennsylvania State Alliance of YMCAs in promoting the 7th Grade Membership Initiative, which provides a free one year membership to all 7th Graders.

As youth begin to face the varied challenges of adolescence, they are more likely to begin dissociating from formal organizations, to distance themselves from family and its support structures, and to experiment with unhealthy and illegal behaviors. The 7th Grade Membership Initiative is an opportunity for the YMCA to engage, cultivate and connect with youth at a time when they need it most. “By providing youth a place to improve their health, wellness, and happiness then we are helping to shape their futures,” said John Flynn, CEO & President of The YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity.

Since being launched in January 2010, more than 2,500 7th Graders have received free memberships to the YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicnity. Registration for the program is easy. Simply bring proof of 7th grade status ( a roster or report card), along with a parent or guardian to any branch of the YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity. Upon completion of the application process, the free one year membership will be awarded.

YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity branch locations include:

Abington YMCA
1073 Old York Road
Abington, PA 19001
(215) 884-9622

Ambler Area YMCA
1325 McKean Road
Ambler, PA 19002
(215) 628-9950

Christian Street YMCA
1724 Christian Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 735-5800

Columbia North YMCA
1400 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19121
(215) 235-6440

Hatboro Area YMCA
440 South York Road
Hatboro, PA 19040
(215) 674-4545

Main Line YMCA
100 St. George’s Road
Ardmore, PA 19003
(610) 649-0700

Northeast Family YMCA
11088 Knights Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154
(215) 632-0100

Rocky Run YMCA
1299 W. Baltimore Pike
Media, PA 19063
(610) 627-9622

Roxborough Area YMCA
7201 Ridge Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19128
(215) 482-3900

West Philadelphia YMCA
5120 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19139
(215) 476-2700

About the YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Throughout the Delaware Valley, the YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity serves more than 52,000 members and 140,000 individuals a year- regardless of age, income or background- to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in 11 locations in Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, the YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. For more information, please call 215-963-3700 or visit http://www.philaymca.org.

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Omoiye Kinney
YMCA of Philadelphia and Vicinity
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