Teaching Kids to Swim

5 June 2013

The All Kids Swim program is the Albemarle and Currituck Family YMCA's way of giving back to it's communities. North Carolina has 3,676 miles of tidal and coastal shoreline on the Atlantic Coast (only Florida has more). With so much water, we want to contribute in the greatest way possible to ensure every child can swim, regardless of race, age, financial status or transportation. At the Y we want to remove all barriers to the possibility of saving lives.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), among children ages 1-14, fatal drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death behind motor vehicle crashes. In 2011, 20 children drowned in just North Carolina alone. The Y firmly believes that one more drowning is too many. Especially with our unique position to affect change in this important area.
Every Kindergartner from every public school in four counties will come to the YMCA this year. In 2013, 800 five to six year olds will discover what the CDC cites as one of the key preventives to drowning: formal swim lessons.

This kind of commitment takes partnerships with the schools, their leadership, and other community organizations. We want to thank all of our generous donors, and benefactors for helping us save lives in North Carolina. Check out the video below to see the impact for yourself. 

Your gift to We Build People ensures that the All Kids Swim program, among others, continues to operate and make kids safer in our community.

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