"At the Miller Family YMCA, we believe all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve," said Julie McConville, the Miller Y's youth development director. "In the Y's afterschool programs, youth are cultivating values, skills and relationships and have an extra support system that encourages them to achieve success."
Nationwide, 15.1 million U.S. children are left unsupervised after 3 p.m. during the school year according to the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness advocacy organization. In California, 24 percent of children are left alone and responsible for taking care of themselves. "The Miller Y encourages parents to make sure that children are involved in safe, educational experiences after school," says McConville. "Studies show participation in afterschool programs helps boost school attendance and academic performance and reduces gaps in academic achievement among children from disadvantaged households."
In the Miller Family YMCA's afterschool program, youth receive help with homework, tutoring and can also explore after school activities such as Spanish, science, cooking, group games and karate. "Financial assistance is available to those in need, to ensure every child and teen has the opportunity to learn and grow at the Y," says McConville.
The Miller Y's afterschool program is for kids in first through eighth grades. For children attending Sycamore Canyon School in Dos Vientos, YMCA afterschool leaders will walk students from the school to the YMCA facility.
For more information about the Miller Family YMCA's afterschool program, please contact Julie McConville at 805-480-0309 or jmcconville@