YMCA-LogoEvery summer and during after school programs, students thrive in an environment established by the Covington Family YMCA. It’s a place where they can get help with schoolwork and social skills. The YMCA has a summer camp that allows students to participate in athletically and educationally enriching activities.

The summer camp also creates leaders in the community beginning at the age of 13 with the Leadership-in-Training program. Through this program, the teenagers can eventually become YMCA summer camp counselors.

The full day camp and teen leadership camp have schedules available from May 30th through July 24th. To register online, go to http://www.ymcaatlanta.org.

Over the years, the Covington Family YMCA has brought together the community in many different ways. By existing as a haven for community involvement, volunteerism, and athletic participation, the YMCA has fostered the growth of many young people as well as everyone else within our community.

The YMCA offers a variety of different athletic programs for young people to participate in, including basketball, soccer, dance, gymnastics, and swimming. These programs have allowed Covington youth to find peer groups within these sports while also participating in necessary exercise. These sports allow youth to increase their skills in communication, teamwork, athleticism, and leadership. All of the coaches for the different sports work on a volunteer basis, which provides great role models for our youth who play these sports.

The Covington Family YMCA, located at 2140 Newton Drive, is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote healthy spirit, mind and body. The Covington YMCA Outdoor Center, located at 200 Stone Road in Oxford, is home to the Covington Y’s youth and adult soccer programs.

The YMCA of Metro Atlanta Association consists of 18 membership branches (including the Covington YMCA), 12 Early Learning Centers, 140 Afterschool Program sites and 9 outdoor camp locations. The Association’s central office is located in downtown Atlanta.

One of the primary goals of the YMCA is to allow all students to participate in the programs even if they are unable to afford it.

The Covington YMCA has several events and fundraisers every year. The annual Cheerios Challenge race, which has recently added a 15K run on top of a 10K, 5K, and 1 mile run, is one of the YMCA’s biggest annual fundraisers to help raise money for the Why It Matters program. This program works to allow Covington youth to participate in sports, the afterschool program, and the summer camp when they would not be able to afford it otherwise.

The service and leadership that our YMCA provides for our community is remarkable. The not-for-profit organization works everyday to supply all our youth with the tools they need to grow and thrive in our community as citizens and leaders. The YMCA believes that all people, especially children, deserve an equal chance to reach their full potential and should prepare themselves to connect and serve community.

For more information about our Covington YMCA, visit www.cvy.ymcaatlanta.org or call 770-787-3908.