Youth Development

Education & Learning

Academic Enrichment

Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program

The Y launched the Achievement Gap Signature Program, 3 Summers ago - known as the Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program, with the objective of supporting the cognitive, physical, and social-emotional development of low-income children.  The goal, mitigate summer learning loss right here in the Willmar school district.  The Y is continuing to  offer the Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program addressing this issue within our own community again this summer. Program includes scholarship opportunities, educational curriculum, physical activity and meal programming. Contact Troy for more information.


Home School PE

Changes for 2019 include semester registration fee as opposed to monthly, added session time to 1.5 hours and improved curriculum. 

Contact Nicholas for full details! 
This program offers Home Schooling families an opportunity to fulfill physical education requirements in a fun, safe and cost-efficient setting. The program is developed for 2 age groups: K-3rd grade and 4th-7th grade.  

Participants will develop teamwork abilities, peer interaction, motor skills and coordination while emphasizing our core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.

Download PDF Registration or Register Online

Arts & Humanities

Healthy Kids Day

One in three U.S. children is obese, and when summertime hits, kids will be more idle. Research shows that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall behind academically and gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year. Healthy Kids Day will help parents begin thinking early about what their kids need to grow and achieve all summer long.

On Thursday, April 23rd, from 4:30 to 7:00 PM the YMCA is holding a FREE Community Event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active.  Healthy Kids Day is the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families, and features fun active play, inflatable games, swimming, healthy snacks, prize drawings and educational activities to motivate and teach families how to develop healthy routines at home.  Children in Kindergarten - 3rd grade and their families are invited to participate in Healthy Kids Day. Participants should dress for an active evening and bring a swimsuit and towel for the family if you wish to stay later to enjoy our pool from 7:30-8:30 PM.  Please call Zach at 320-222-9622 for more information about this annual event.

Watch Video and See What Healthy Kids Day is All About! 

Training Classes

Red Cross Lifeguard Certification

This training offers necessary skills to anyone 15 + to be able to respond to an emergency in an aquatic environment.  The course includes Lifeguarding skills, CPR Pro and AED use with skills in basic first aid.  Participants must attend both days of class and pass exam at the end in order to become certified.

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Water Front Lifeguard Certification

This class is for current Red Cross Lifeguards.  Must bring proof of certificate to class.  After this class you will be certified to guard at the water front.  Contact Sarah for more information. 



Babysitter Training

This class is designed to teach 11-15 year olds the responsibilities involved in being a good babysitter. Participants learn how to have fun but stay in control, basic care such as feeding and diaper changing, along with how to handle scrapes, bruises and life threatening emergencies.


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