Dear YMCA Friends,
Here are a few highlights of what's happening through your YMCA:
The Irving YMCA recently debuted a STEM Makerspace for kids 9 to 14 years old. The Makerspace is a place of shared interest among kids collaborating to create or design a project. Through the STEM Night Out program, participants have the opportunity to grow their knowledge of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields as well as innovate, problem-solve, ad collaborate. Activities include engineering robotics, coding, web design, app design, multimedia production, photography, gaming challenges and much more.
February is American Heart Month, and as a leading community-based organization dedicated to improving the nation's health, the Y offers many ways to help keep your heart healthy. Being physically active can improve the function of your heart. Collectively, our Dallas Y locations offers each week more than 1,300 group exercise classes for all ages, all levels, and all interests. From low-impact exercise and chair classes, stretching and strength training, to indoor cycling, water exercise and yoga, you'll find a group class that's fun, supportive and keeps you moving. If group exercise is not your thing, together with a personal trainer, you can develop an individualized program for you.
The Dallas YMCA was recently awarded a $100,000 grant from Verizon to help fund Imagine Science Dallas, a unique partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas, Dallas County 4-H Youth Development and the YMCA to expose youth who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields to informal STEM education that can increase their interest and engagement in STEM. Verizon's funding will provide programming focused on digital literacy, technology workforce development and STEM education to prepare more people for meaningful careers in the digitized workforce.
Thank you for your continued support.
In spirit, mind, and body,
President and Chief Executive Officer