North Suburban YMCA Named Finalist for State Farm Neighborhood Assist® Grant
YMCA asks community to vote online to help it win $25,000 to fund youth drowning prevention program.
Sadly, research shows that if a child doesn't learn to swim by third grade, chances are they never will. Participation in formal swimming lessons can greatly reduce the risk of drowning. The Y's "2 Seconds 2 Long" campaign is focused on giving all local second graders the opportunity to become safe around water.
"The $25,000 grant would provide funds for over 150 second grade students to participate in the Y's water safety lessons," said Missy Contri, NSYMCA's Director of Aquatics, "and guarantee free swim safety lessons to those who need it. Teaching a child to swim is an important life skill that saves lives." The Y is coordinating with four schools in Wheeling and three schools in Northbrook to recruit and transport children for swim safety classes this fall, and will be expanding to more schools as the year progresses.
Emphasizing the Y's status as "America's Swim Instructor,"
NSYMCA supporters can vote online at https://www.neighborhoodassist.com/
About the North Suburban YMCA
Celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2018/19, the North Suburban YMCA provides individuals in Northbrook and 15 surrounding communities with programs and tools that help them become healthier, more connected, and confident, ensuring that everyone, regardless of age, income, or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. The NSYMCA focuses on Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility and is a charitable organization, inclusive and welcoming to all in our community. Learn more at NSYMCA.org.
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