YWCA Northwest Indiana provides a safe and inviting place for children to learn, explore, play and develop a life-long love for learning while building great friendships. YCA (Young Children Academy) Preschool, Yes We Can! After-school and summer camps provide unique learning opportunities for children ages 3 years old through high school. We accept Indiana state CCDF vouchers. Also, we are a safe haven for Gary youth.
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:
a. for improved school performance
b. Increased High School graduation rates
c. Increased awareness of healthy lifestyle choices
d. Reduction in the incidence and severity of lifestyle-related health conditions
e. 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 health and physical fitness program that includes karate class, swim class, drill team, dance class, team sports and nutrition seminars.
“Yes We Can Learn to Swim Program is an enrichment activity that is a component of our After School and Summer Camp 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.