Programs

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Programs

Join a planning committee or volunteer to work on one of our programs or events based on your skills and interests! We host numerous events throughout the year including women’s and girls empowerment conferences, fundraisers, and community awareness events. Contact the Front Desk at 219-881-9922 or caren@ywcanwi.org  for more information.

Current program services provided:

  1. Health & Wellness
  2. Fitness Activities – the YWCA of NWI offers a schedule of 14 land and 10 water fitness classes per week; 39 hours of Open Gym and 41 hours of Open Swim per week; in addition to 5 hours per week of Red Cross certified swim instruction, 12 hours of Jazzercise, Low impact chair aerobics, cardio blast, Power Tap, weekly Line Dancing, Stepping Classes and Yoga are offered per week with class sizes of 20/25 members.
  3. Health Matters – Monthly topical health presentations by Methodist Hospital staff. Open to the public at no charge. Average attendance: 50.
  4. Other – A variety of health and wellness programs such as Healthy nutrition with Purdue University Northwest Extension, health screenings and referrals are offered throughout the year.
  5. The YWCA of NWI is a Silver Sneakers, Prime and Silver Fit provider for seniors.
  6. Live Healthy Senior Program/Congregate Meal was launched in spring 2010 includes morning fitness activities, hot lunch and afternoon social/recreational activities funded by Northwest Indiana Community Action.
  7. Yes We CAn! After-school and Summer Day Camp Youth Program – Funded by registration fees and grants. This youth program for grades K-12 offers academic enrichment, tutoring, healthy eating, swimming lessons and obesity reductions. We accept Indiana state CCDF vouchers. Also, we are a safe haven for Gary youth.
  8. Yes We Can Learn to Swim Program is an enrichment activity that is a component of our After School and Summer Day Camp Youth Program which is a structured, aggressive strategy program designed to improve academic achievement, decrease pervasive health disparities and is a safe haven for children living in low income communities in northwest Indiana.

The YWCA of Northwest Indiana has developed fitness programs that require membership and senior programs open to individuals age 60+ which are housed in our beautiful facility in Gary’s urban core which is an oasis of health, wellness and educational activities through Legacy Foundation funded and Lake Area United Way funded with neighborhood self- improvement programs and services.

Since 2009, our Yes We Can! After School and Summer Camp Program has educated and mobilized children and their families to fight against childhood obesity and other related health/education disparities. Annually, we provide over 100 unduplicated children – ages 5 to 18, from low-income families, with a structured year-round academic programming and a rigorous health/nutrition/physical fitness curriculum that is changing lives. Our continued goals are:

  1. For improved school performance
  2. Increased High School graduation rates
  3. Increased awareness of healthy lifestyle choices
  4. Reduction in the incidence and severity of lifestyle-related health conditions
  5. Improved mental and physical health for students

Daily, from 2:00PM to 6:30PM during the school year, students attend after-school tutoring/homework completion sessions, then engage in a structured

healthy and physical fitness program that includes swim class, dance class, team sports and nutrition seminars.

As we move into 2020, we plan to take this popular and effective youth program and continue to incorporate the nationally approved design for measuring and recording BMI indexes into the curriculum. Our goal: To teach staff, students and families how to take control of their health, track their nutritional progress and improve the health of generations to come.  According to the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils, those affected by childhood obesity are at serious risk for developing health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, cancer and other problems that normally affect adults. Each year, childhood obesity costs $14 billion in direct health costs. In Indiana alone, this disease affects 14.6 percent of our children.  Studies have shown that physical activity improves academic achievement, increases confidence/self-esteem and reduces discipline problems.  Methodist Hospitals has partnered with the YWCA to encourage healthy lifestyles for youth.