With National Water Safety Month in May and summer around the corner, now is a great time for parents to remember the importance of equipping children with essential water safety skills. The Y is working toward the goal of providing access to the YMCA Safety Around Water program to 900 children in our community this year.

This program helps reduce the risk of childhood drowning, develop a lifelong love for swimming and provide children from underserved communities greater access to water safety programs.
Before letting your children hit the water this summer, remember these few tips to ensure it’s an enjoyable and safe experience. 

1. Never swim alone 
2. Supervise your children whenever they’re in water 
3. Don’t engage in breath holding activities
4. Wear a life jacket
5. Don’t jump in the water to save a friend who is struggling in deep water
6. Enroll your children in water safety or swim lessons 
At the Y, we teach youth, teens and adults to swim, so they can stay safe around water and learn the skills they need to make swimming a lifelong pursuit for staying healthy. Y swim instructors are nationally certified in CPR, AED, First Aid, and Oxygen Administration. Swim lessons provide important life that could save a life and will benefit students for a lifetime.
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The YMCA of the Capital Area is grateful for the generous donation made from the estate of Noreen Singleton Reed in her memory. Noreen was born in the town of Harrow, outside of London, England, but has been a longtime Baton Rouge resident since 1964. Noreen will be remembered as kindhearted and loving by all the lives she touched during her many years of service in her church and community. We would also like to recognize Noreen’s family, including Andy Reed, for ensuring her wishes were carried out with this gift to support the Y’s mission to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Legacy gifts like the one from Mrs. Reed’s estate are helping future generations thrive. 
If you would like to learn more about providing legacy support to the Y, please visit here to uncover the giving option that works best for your goals.
For this year's Spring Break, the YMCA of the Capital Area hosted a Spring Break Foodshare for families in need in partnership with Top Box Foods and Three O'clock Project.

During the event at the C. B. Pennington Jr. YMCA, 200 produce boxes and 400 kid-friendly snack bags were distributed.

We'd like to thank all of our staff, volunteers, and partners for all of their hard work!
To celebrate Earth Day and Love the Boot Week, volunteers from A. C. Lewis YMCA, Keep Tiger Town Beautiful, and Louisiana Master Naturalists of Greater Baton Rouge joined together at the A. C. Lewis YMCA to pick up trash in Mid-City. Within a 2-hour timeframe we were able to pick up more than 45 bags of trash down South Foster drive and Government street.

Thank you to everyone who came out and helped us keep our town litter-free. Don't forget to Keep Louisiana Beautiful!
Everyone has the opportunity to participate in YMCA youth sports. All those who register are assigned to a team and receive equal playing time. At the Y, we focus on the character of each player, teach participants teamwork and valuable social skills, along with athletic skill development and fundamentals. In YMCA youth sports we hope each participant and adult develop into healthier members of our community.

Register now for Summer Sports taking place June 6- August 6! Registration is now open. Deadline to register is May 23. Click HERE for more information.
Basketball: Ages 3-14

C. B. Pennington Jr. YMCA
Paula G. Manship YMCA
A. C. Lewis YMCA
Americana YMCA
ExxonMobil YMCA
Baseball: Ages 3-12

C. B. Pennington Jr. YMCA
Paula G. Manship YMCA
YMCA Summer Camps at the Y offer kids countless opportunities to laugh, learn, lead, make lasting friendships and have FUN!   

Registration is now open and space is limited so register today! 
Looking for something different and fun for the kids to do this summer? Register for YMCA Tennis Camp! Tennis camp is available for beginners through advanced level players. Camp is offered for children ages 5 - 18 at the Paula G. Manship YMCA, Lamar Tennis Center and the Americana YMCA.
ExxonMobil YMCA has a new Facebook page! Follow the page to stay connect with everything happening at the Y! Click HERE to follow ExxonMobil YMCA!

Click the branch name to follow any of our additional Facebook pages: A. C. Lewis YMCA , Americana YMCA ,
This month's Member Spotlight is Jerry Landry!

Jerry has been a member at the Y for around 14 years, and he was impacted by the Y because it has helped him to get into a routine to keep his body in shape. Jerry also enjoys the social aspects of the Y, and he has made many friends at the Y including some of our own Y staff! Some of the happy memories he has are at the Charles W. Lamar YMCA location; he enjoys the large glass windows that overlook St. Joseph's Cathedral.

When asked what he would say to anyone considering joining, Jerry said that the Y is a great organization that is active in the community, has great facilities, and many classes.
For 30 years, Healthy Kids Day has been where fun and play become lifelong memories. Join us April 30 from 9am-12pm for a day of healthy, fun activities that celebrate kids being kids! We will be hosting Healthy Kids Day at the following locations; Americana YMCA, Dow Westside YMCA, ExxonMobil YMCA and Paula G. Manship YMCA.
YMCA of the Capital Area’s "Day of Giving" is this Saturday, April 30.

Click here to donate or text YMCAIMPACT to 44321

Gifts impact Youth Development, Healthy Living & Social Responsibility.

We are hiring! Click here to see available positions.

May 3: T-Shirt Tuesday
May 8: Mother's Day
May 18: Member Appreciation Day
May 23: Last day to register for summer sports
May 27: Friend Friday, Y members are encouraged to bring a friend for free.
May 30: Memorial Day we will be open normal business hours.
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