Mission: The Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA, is a charitable organization committed to putting Christian principles into practice through programs that promote the health of spirit, mind, and body for all.
Community Need: Bessie Weller Elementary School, within the Staunton Public Schools district, is working to regain its full accreditation. One of the issues identified by the school as a priority is the loss of reading skills over the summer months they are experiencing with their marginal readers. Those students often return to school in the Fall having fallen behind their peers.
Primary Activities: The Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA works to impact the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. They currently offer the following programs:
- Teen Center and Youth Volunteer Corps
- Summer Learning Loss Prevention
- Diabetes Prevention
- Rock Steady Boxing
- Adult Respite Care
Constituents Served: The Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA serves Staunton and the western portion of Augusta County (the area not served by the Waynesboro YMCA).
Program Details: Working with Staunton City Schools, they launched a pilot Summer Learning Loss Prevention program in 2017 for 24 “marginal” learners at Bessie Weller Elementary School. The goals of this program, which is a YMCA national program started in Charlotte, NC, with good results, is designed to prevent summer slide in students’ reading skills. They are seeking support to continue this initiative.
Amount Requested: $10,000
Operating Budget: $2,625,480