All kids have great potential. At the Y, a leading nonprofit strengthening community through youth development, we work every day to help them set and achieve their personal and educational goals. Through our leadership and academic enrichment programs such as mentoring, Youth and Government and college preparation, the Y makes sure that every child has an opportunity to envision and pursue a positive future, and to take an active role in strengthening his or her community.

youth engineering
youth engineering

Electrical Engineering w/littleBits:Carnival -STEM ages 7-12 years

In this course, students are challenged to think creatively and build working carnival themed attractions. Students will be putting the Art in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) by using everyday materials and putting their best artistic carnival designs in action with the use of littleBits®. littleBits® allow students to make any invention come to life with the use of motors, sounds, buttons, lights and more. Students do not take littleBits® home.

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1/10/17–2/14/17Tu6:30 pm-8:00 pmregister

Engineer (Crime Scene) Investigators - STEM ages 7-12 years

In this course, students become forensics engineers and help Kelvin the Robot find out who stole the blueprints for his secret, new design. Using principles of investigative science and forensic engineering, students will analyze evidence in the simulated crime scene using math, science, and technology. Each day, students decipher cryptic clues and biological codes, and help identify the thief through chemical and mechanical analysis.

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2/28/17–4/4/17Tu6:30 pm-8:00 pmregister

Home School Physical Education ages 3-13 years

Each class includes a 45-minute swim lesson and a 45-minute gym class. Children will be divided into two groups according to age. Children ages 3-5 years will begin with a swim lesson. Please be sure that your child is dressed in proper swim attire prior to start of class time. Children 6-12 years will begin with a gym activity. Please be sure that your child is dressed in proper gym attire prior to class time. All parents should meet with the instructor in the Family Locker Room for drop off and pick up.

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3/2/17–4/13/17Th9:30 am-11:15 amregister

Junior Chemical Engineering- STEM ages 4-7 years

The Junior Chemical Engineering program introduces our youngest engineers to fundamental concepts of solids, liquids, and solutions. Students investigate the properties of several crazy concoctions and make their own samples of bubbles, play dough, flub, and more.

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2/28/17–4/4/17Tu5:30 pm-6:15 pmregister

Master Hardware Engineering with Makey Makey STEM ages 12-16 years

In our hardware engineering program, students engineer their own customized video game controllers using a Makey Makey device and materials that can be found in just about any kitchen. Through application of circuitry, acoustical engineering and video game design, students discover new ways to interact with technology, all while creating unique designs in a fun collaborative environment!

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3/2/17–4/6/17Th6:00 pm-7:30 pmregister

Playing to Learn ages 3-6 years

Designed to meet the developmental needs of children ages 3-5 years, our program provides experiences that enhance and enrich each child's cognitive, language, social, emotional, physical and creative development. Within the program's daily schedule, each child has opportunity to create, explore the environment, develop problem-solving and personal interaction skills as they develop concepts trough "themed" experiences. Each 2- week session includes a 1/2 hour swim lesson on Thursdays and Fridays. As part of our commitment to help end childhood obesity, the Y will provide a nutritional snack and drink each day and children will be engaged in at least one physical fitness activity daily. Children must be "potty"trained. Ages 3-5 years. No class on Memorial Day, May 30th.

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1/9/17–1/20/17Mo-We-Fr9:30 am-12:00 pmregister
1/10/17–1/19/17Tu-Tr9:30 am-12:00 pmregister
1/9/17–1/20/17Weekdays9:30 am-12:00 pmregister
2/6/17–2/17/17Mo-We-Fr9:30 am-12:00 pmregister
2/7/17–2/16/17Tu-Tr9:30 am-12:00 pmregister
2/6/17–2/17/17Weekdays9:30 am-12:00 pmregister
3/6/17–3/17/17Mo-We-Fr9:30 am-12:00 pmregister
3/7/17–3/16/17Tu-Tr9:30 am-12:00 pmregister
3/6/17–3/17/17Weekdays9:30 am-12:00 pmregister
4/3/17–4/14/17Mo-We-Fr9:30 am-12:00 pmregister
4/4/17–4/13/17Tu-Tr9:30 am-12:00 pmregister
4/3/17–4/14/17Weekdays9:30 am-12:00 pmregister

Preschool Lit & Fit ages 3-6 years

Our Preschool Lit & Fit program is designed to help children develop early literacy skills in both, reading and mathematics along with a physical fitness program to encourage a healthy lifestyle early on. Includes a ½ hour swim lesson every Thursday and Friday and a healthy snack and drink will be provided daily. Ages 3-5 Offered for the following 2 week sessions:

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1/23/17–2/3/17Mo-We-Fr9:30 am-12:00 pmregister
1/24/17–2/2/17Tu-Tr9:30 am-12:00 pmregister
1/23/17–2/3/17Weekdays9:30 am-12:00 pmregister
2/20/17–3/3/17Mo-We-Fr9:30 am-12:00 pmregister
2/21/17–3/2/17Tu-Tr9:30 am-12:00 pmregister
2/20/17–3/3/17Weekdays9:30 am-12:00 pmregister
3/20/17–3/31/17Mo-We-Fr9:30 am-12:00 pmregister
3/21/17–3/30/17Tu-Tr9:30 am-12:00 pmregister
3/20/17–3/31/17Weekdays9:30 am-12:00 pmregister

Cooking for Kids ages 4-11 years

Each week children will follow a simple recipe to create a healthy snack or food. Skills taught: How to use various kitchen gadgets and small appliances, measuring, mixing, blending, rolling, cutting and layering. " Picture recipes" are used for non readers.

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1/12/17–2/23/17Th5:00 pm-5:40 pmregister
3/2/17–4/13/17Th5:00 pm-5:40 pmregister

Drama Club ages 9-15 years

Throughout this course, students will learn the basics of theatrical performance, focusing on aspects such as: language, movement, body language, facial expression, emotion, illusion, stage combat, etc. Students will develop a better understanding and appreciation of the dedication and devotion placed into theatrical performance. At the end of the session, students will have the opportunity to take part in a live performance using the skills gained from this experience.

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1/11/17–2/22/17We6:00 pm-7:00 pmregister
3/1/17–4/12/17We6:00 pm-7:00 pmregister

Babysitter Lessons and Safety Training - B.L.A.S.T ages 11 & up

Our Babysitter Safety Training course provides teens and pre-teens with the knowledge and tools necessary to become confident and effective Babysitters. students will learn the Basics of Babysitting; Ages & Stages of Development; Important Safety Tips; First Aid/how to handle Emergeny Situations; Fun & Age Appropriate Activities; and much more! Students will receive a certificate in the mail upon completion of the course.

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1/21/17–1/21/17Sa1:00 pm-5:00 pmregister
2/18/17–2/18/17Sa1:00 pm-5:00 pmregister
3/18/17–3/18/17Sa1:00 pm-5:00 pmregister
4/8/17–4/8/17Sa1:00 pm-5:00 pmregister

Lifeguard Training - Ellis Lifeguard Renewal ages 15 & up

The ILTP® is a comprehensive course that includes complete CPR/Emergency Oxygen/First Aid/AED Training.The textbook information is covered in a classroom setting, however, these skills are then integrated and practiced repeatedly, in scenario based simulated emergencies.

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2/17/17–2/19/17Fr-Sa-Su9:00 am-5:00 pmregister
4/7/17–4/9/17Fr-Sa-Su9:00 am-5:00 pmregister

Lifeguard Training - Ellis Lifeguarding ages 15 & up

The ILTP® is a comprehensive course that includes complete CPR/Emergency Oxygen/First Aid/AED Training.The textbook information is covered in a classroom setting, however, these skills are then integrated and practiced repeatedly, in scenario based simulated emergencies.

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2/17/17–2/19/17Fr-Sa-Su9:00 am-5:00 pmregister
4/7/17–4/9/17Fr-Sa-Su9:00 am-5:00 pmregister
2/17/17–2/19/17Fr-Sa-Su9:00 am-5:00 pmregister
5/12/17–5/14/17Fr-Sa-Su9:00 am-5:00 pmregister
12/15/17–12/17/17Fr-Sa-Su9:00 am-5:00 pmregister

YVC - Service Day at Forgotten Harvest ages 12-18 years

Downriver YMCA Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) is partnering up with Forgotten Harvest, a member of Feeding America to help those in need. We will be working as part of their Warehouse Crew where we will be re-packing fresh, nutritious food destined for the tables of those in need. Participants must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. No shorts, tank tops , nor high heels are permitted. There is no cost to participate however, volunteers must have a Forgotten Harvest Volunteer Waiver which must be signed by a parent. Please be sure to print waiver and bring a signed copy with you. Copies will be available for parents to sign before our departure that day. Volunteers are encouraged to your YVC t-shirt and bring a jacket or sweater as it gets chilly in their kitchen and warehouse area. Youth should bring a bag lunch to eat in the bus on our return trip to the Downriver Y. All participants will receive a certificate for verification of volunteer hours.

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1/21/17–1/21/17Sa8:00 am-1:00 pmregister

YVC - Service Day at Gleaners Food Bank ages 11-18 years

Downriver YMCA Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) is partnering up with Gleaners Food Bank, to help fight hunger in America by providing nutritious foods to those in need. We will be working in their Taylor Warehouse. Tasks may include some or all of the following: sorting food, packing food, assembling agency food orders, sweeping, etc. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and are encouraged to dress in layers and in comfortable clothes that might get dirty. There is no cost to participate however, you must also be registered for YVC School Year of service to take part in this service project. No lunch will be needed for this project as we will complete our activities of the day before lunch time. All participants will receive a certificate for verification of volunteer hours.

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2/18/17–2/18/17Sa8:15 am-12:15 pmregister

YVC School Year of Service ages 11-18 years

Our Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) School Year of Service program is a youth-driven volunteer program for young people in grades 6-12. YVC engages youth in service learning projects that are challenging, rewarding, and educational to serve the needs of the community and promote a lifetime ethic of service. YVC team leaders lead service projects and teach the importance of the organization's mission. You do not need to be YMCA member to participate. All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and are encouraged to wear them to volunteer opportunities. Youth Volunteers will meet one Saturday each month October through May. Each day will begin and end at the Downriver Family YMCA. Transportation to volunteer opportunities will be provided by way of bus. While there is no fee to participate, volunteers must complete a separate registration for each month's Service Project.

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10/22/16–5/20/17Sa9:00 am-3:00 pmregister