Launching Sunday, September 1, 2019, all students entering 7th grade will have free access to all YMCAs in the region through August 31, 2020. At the YMCA of the Inland Northwest we understand the challenges youth face during adolescence and the need for supportive role models to help them during this time, and beyond. The YMCA provides a safe space for pre-teens to build character, engage in healthy activities and build meaningful relationships with peers and caring adults. Our goal is to encourage teens to maintain and/or adopt healthy habits to last a lifetime.
Statistics show that 7th grade is a critical time in a young person’s life when exposure to risk factors greatly increases. The YMCAs 7th-grade initiative will give kids an opportunity to learn, grow and thrive by participating in healthy, confidence-building activities, and programs in a safe environment. Christine Brischle, YMCA of the Inland Northwest Vice President of Membership Operations has this to say about the new program, “The YMCA is dedicated to providing vital resources for all ages, and this new initiative will help local youth discover their passions and help them succeed in school. We look forward to being an important piece of the larger framework that contributes to the success of all children in our region. We can’t wait to get started and welcome our new youth to the YMCA.”
7th-grade students will have access to Teen/Youth Activity Centers; the Climbing Wall and Skate Park (Memorial Day-Labor Day) at the Valley Y; all aquatic centers including lap pools, recreation pools, lazy river, water slides, and more; Gymnasium and Wellness Floors (must complete free Youth Wellness Cardio and Strength equipment training prior to Wellness Floor access); group exercise classes, and discounts on selected programs. Some amenities may not be available at all locations.
Memberships can begin by visiting any regional YMCA to complete a membership application while accompanied by a parent or guardian who must also sign. All youth must adhere to the member code of conduct and YMCA values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. The YMCA is a drug, alcohol, weapons, tobacco, and vaping free zone.
Regional YMCAs include Central Spokane, North Spokane, Spokane Valley, South Spokane, and Litehouse YMCA (Sandpoint, ID) branches.