The YMCA and the JCPenney After-school Fund together are helping more children than ever before to have access to quality afterschool programs. Recent studies show that 14.3 million children in the United States are unsupervised after school between the hours of 3 p.m.
and 6 p.m. each day. Studies also show that youth are at greater risk of involvement in crime, drug abuse and other destructive behaviors during these hours. High-quality after-school programs help keep children safe and contribute life-changing, lasting benefits, including healthier lifestyles, improved social skills and enhanced academic performance.
The Family YMCA at Tarrytown recently received a $10,830 grant from the JCPenney After-school Fund to offer children who otherwise could not afford it a fun, supervised place to learn new activities, make new friends and receive help with their schoolwork through YMCA after-school programs.
"We are honored to have an opportunity to provide this grant to the Family YMCA at Tarrytown," said Darcy McClure, store manager for JCPenney’s Palisades Center Mall store.
For more information contact Barbara Turk at (914) 631-4807 or visit the Family YMCA at Tarrytown’s website at www.ymcatarrytown.org.