YWCA’s After School students work with AIM program

WESTFIELD – Nichaela Cave, Brittany Harriger and Hailey Cruz are enrolled in the YWCA Westfield After School Advantage Program and they have been working with the Jamestown YWCA Project AIM (Adult Identity Mentoring).

“The goal with these activities is to help the students learn how to communicate and share their ideals in a positive manner, how to lead others and have fun at the same time,” Julie Devlin, YWCA after school program coordinator said. Project AIM is part of the CAPP program (comprehensive adolescent pregnancy prevention) provided in Westfield through a partnership with the YWCA Jamestown.

The YWCA also makes the following announcements:

Taekwondo Offers Free Month

The YWCA announces the Tuesday Taekwondo classes have expanded and will include instruction on Thursdays as well. The classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, following the schedule that has been in place. Classes for students ages 8 through 15 will begin at 5:30 p.m. each night with the 16 through adults meeting at 6:30 p.m. both evenings as well. Instructor Alberto Ramirez is a native of Spain and has a background in military training, extensive experience in private security and several advanced degrees in the marital arts field. New students receive their first month free, class fee is $40 per month; payable at the beginning of each month. To register for the class, inquire about family discounts or learn more details, contact the YWCA at 326-2011.

Self Defense for Women

The self defense classes for women are scheduled to continue each Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The class is designed for ladies over the age of 14 and is focused on awareness, avoidance tactics and the development of techniques that can be used for protection. Students are asked to wear loose comfortable clothing and be prepared to engage in physical activity and contact. The monthly fee is $35 per student with new students being offered their initial month free. To register for the class, call the YWCA.

Universal Pre-Kindergarten Registration

Parents in the Westfield School district who have a child turning four by Dec. 1 are invited to register for the Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program lottery for the 2013-2014 school year. This is a free program. Information and Registration tables will be set up today from 9 a.m. through noon in the front lobby of the WACS. Registration forms are available through the elementary office at the school, but they must be completed and turned into the school by noon today. UPK students are chosen through a lottery system and parents will be notified after May 9.

Landscaping Complete

Once again the YWCA has benefited from the efforts of a crew from Lakeview Correctional Institution.

“During the recent week our foundation beds have been cleaned and mulched, the lawn has been raked and mowed,” YWCA Executive Director Katie Smith reported. “The village of Westfield provided the mulch, the labor was a free service and we’re very pleased with the way our grounds look. The crews have been here several times over the past years and after each visit our grounds look better and better. We are most appreciative of the community service provided.”

Membership E-Mails

The collection of email address for YWCA members is continuing, according to administrative assistant Michelle Warner.

“E-mail will make it quicker and easier to communicate with our members and let them know as soon as the new cardio equipment is installed and operational,” she said. “We will also roll out some new pricing structure related to memberships and fitness visits that we want to share.”

Members are encouraged to call the YWCA or send an email to ywadmin@ywcawestfield.org with their name included.

Save These Dates

May 11 – YWCA participates in the Westfield Memorial Hospital Vendor Fair.

May 15 – Pre-school Open House.

June 4 – All You Can Eat Pancake Supper at McDonald’s to benefit the YWCA.

June 5-8 – YWCA USA national convention.

June 15 – Third Annual Father Daughter Dance.

July 26/27 – 41st annual Arts and Crafts Festival.