Youth Development | Annual Report 2017

Nurturing the potential of every child and teen

"Beware that you don't look down on any of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels are always in the presence of my heavenly Father."

Matthew 18:10

Summer Camp for All

Camp Silver Beach is the place to be! The Daily girls were given the opportunity of a lifetime, and thanks to a little help from generous donors and Norfolk Friends of Foster Care, they had the best summer ever!


Youth Development Program Highlights

Safe in the Water


Over 11,000 children learned critical water safety skills through swim lessons. Additionally, YMCAs provided water safety programs including All Kids Swim and other community outreach initiatives.

Day Camp


Day camp helps all youth feel like they belong, try new things, make new friends and have the BEST. SUMMER. EVER! Last summer, over 3,800 kids had fun exploring and learning in more than 15,000 weeks of summer day camp at YMCAs and regional outdoor camps.

Overnight Camp


Few environments are as special as YMCA Camp Silver Beach, where more than 2,100 kids became a community as they learned both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group as they engaged in physical, social and educational activities.

Youth Sports


Over 5,200 youth developed and improved skills and character values through youth sports programs like basketball, soccer, hockey, cheerleading and t-ball.

Developing Leaders


Teens learned leadership through service, participating in volunteer projects, helping to raise money to support the Y's annual campaign and participating in Blue Ridge Leaders School, an immersive experience that challenged and tested strength, endurance and discipline.

Exploring Interests


A focus on science, technology, engineering and math helps our kids explore interests and develop talents. STEM activities are built into summer camps, after-school programs and enrichment activities. And art, music and dance programs allow children to explore their creative side as well.

Preventing Summer Learning Loss

Power Scholars Academy is a partnership between the Y and the national nonprofit BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) Opens a new window, a six- week summer program designed to not only tackle summer learning loss in math and reading, but to also foster physical and social-emotional growth.