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This summer we will offer youth swim, karate, soccer and music as well as a teen fitness clinic and adult fitness classes.
Registration starts June 14 for members and June 16 for non-members.
Programs run June 26-August 20
Fall registration for our Early Learning Center for ages 18 months-5 years is now open!
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Watch a short video on the reservation process:
Sunday, May 23, 10am-2pm
Monday, May 24, 4-7 pm
Positions for age 18+ available in Childcare; Summer Camp, Membership, Gymnastics/Sports, Fitness and Aquatics.
Outdoors at the Rye Y (weather permitting). Bring resumes and be prepared to interview
Did you know that drowning is the leading cause of death for children 1 to 4 years old? As a leading provider in swimming lessons and community outreach for over 100 years, here at the Y we know the urgency around teaching children and families how to be safe around water. As we approach the hot summer season, we want to help our families and community stay safe this summer.
In recognition of May being National Water Safety Month, we want all of our members to learn the hard facts about drowning, how we can all commit to drowning prevention, and how we can work together in our community to spread the word around the importance of water safety at all times. Please follow us on Facebook or Instagram to receive information on Water Safety Wednesdays through May and additional information throughout the month to help your family stay safe around water this summer!
Drowning is 100% preventable and we need your help to ensure that our kids stay safe this summer!
Rye Y Aquatics Staff
This year, due to safety protocols, the Rye Derby was limited to a 5K and capped at 200 runners. Congratulations to all the runners who overcame rain and wind to race! (Healthy Kids Day will be held as a separate event on June 13.)
Nathan Lee, Age 13, Chip time: 17:11:62
Elizabeth Eickleberg, Age 29, Chip time: 18:01.18
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April 21, 2021
I am relieved.
After getting my hopes up so many times before that our nation’s justice system would do right by a Black person, only to be punched in the gut, I am relieved that the jurors in Minneapolis held Derek Chauvin accountable for murdering George Floyd. They believed what they saw: Chauvin callously kneeling on George’s neck for more than nine minutes as his breath and his life were drained from him. I am relieved that this is grounds for a murder conviction in our country.
As I watched news coverage of people crying, screaming, hugging and dancing, I experienced all those emotions. It was a release of anxiety, fear and the heavy burden Black people in America have carried throughout this trial – and it felt good.
I also am grateful.
For 17-year-old Darnella Frazier, who had the presence of mind to take out her phone and record what she witnessed on a Minneapolis street on the evening of May 25, 2020, because there may not have been a trial if she hadn’t. For Chauvin’s police chief and fellow officers who took the stand and said his show of force was unnecessary and in violation of department policy. And for the prosecutors, who skillfully countered racist stereotypes about the dangerous, drug-addicted Black man.
But I am clear-eyed.
This verdict does not bring back George Floyd, who should be alive today and who is lost to his kids and family for the rest of their lives. It does not deliver peace to countless other Black and Brown families who still seek accountability for the murder of a loved one. And it does not solve our country’s many problems rooted in systemic racism.
What I hope this verdict does do is move us closer to meaningful policy change and a more equitable and just future for all people. We have a long way to go, but this verdict can be a significant step in the right direction – if our country has the collective courage and will to make it one.
The Y is working toward a more equitable and just future in communities across the nation – and around the world – every day. Our commitment to becoming an anti-racist, multicultural organization calls us to stand against racism in all forms and lift up those who are oppressed. It also calls us to promote peace and understanding by bringing together people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives to help them find common ground, consistent with our inclusive mission. The Y is ready to help all people and communities go forward from this pivotal moment.
In a statement following George Floyd’s murder, I said I was sad, frustrated, angry and scared, but hopeful – primarily because the activism I saw across the country was led by young people of all races and ethnicities, locked arm-in-arm with their Black brothers and sisters. It warmed my heart to see them so visible in their communities again yesterday, because I believe they deserve credit for the verdict. The awareness they raised and the pressure they applied made a difference.
Most of the responsibility for reversing 400 years of racial inequity and injustice in this country will fall to young people. It’s a daunting task, but I know they are up to it. As I have said before, I am a firm believer in the power and promise of young people. Nothing is beyond their reach.
So, I remain hopeful. Because one verdict can be the start of something bigger, and because I’m convinced young people will make sure that it is.
A survey conducted by the Growing the Positive steering committee shows that many of Rye’s youth-serving organizations changed course quickly and effectively last spring, offering a wide range of programming to children, teens and their families throughout the pandemic.
Twelve organizations responded to the survey, describing activities and programs they conducted between March 2020 and March 2021. They also outlined their plans through August 30, 2021; activities they would conduct if they had the right partner; and gaps in services they’ve observed.
The data showed that several organizations and agencies are collaborating with each other on projects. For example, the Rye Free Reading Room is partnering with the Rye Youth Council and pRYEde Community Group on a three-part Activist Academy for teens. Last fall, the Rye YMCA and Rye Recreation teamed up for Rec Lunch and Recess, which brought students from Midland, Milton and Osborn Elementary Schools to Rye Rec for lunchtime outdoor sports and games. As a coalition representing 12 sectors, RyeACT collaborated with numerous organizations on several activities, and worked closely with its own teen leaders on others. And some organizations, like the Rye Arts Center and Osborn School partnered with the Chamber of Commerce and local businesses, including Arcade Books and Longford’s.
While many of the programs and activities have been virtual, several of the respondents have found ways to hold outdoor, in-person gatherings safely. Boy Scouts Troop 2 completed Eagle Scout projects with Friends of the Rye Nature Center and Community Synagogue, among others. The Rye Historical Society held outdoor classes at Knapp House for grades 2-5. And Friends of the Rye Nature Center quickly expanded its outdoor education capabilities, enabling the organization to resume in-person summer camp in June 2020 and run programs for pre-school through 8th grade during the academic year.
As pandemic restrictions ease, Rye’s youth-serving organizations are planning a mix of virtual, hybrid and in-person activities for the spring and summer of 2021. And while only a few organizations identified gaps, child care, mental health services and programs for children with special needs were mentioned as areas that need strengthening. Noting that she has fielded many calls from parents who are seeing anxiety and depression in their children, social worker Kim O’Connor listed a virtual mindfulness workshop for high school students that she plans to run.
“The past year has been so tough for kids and their families,” observed Rye Y Executive Director Gregg Howells. “But we’re fortunate to have such dedicated, creative and hard-working advocates for children in Rye. Our community has really rallied around our youth to support them, and their families, during this challenging time.”
Growing the Positive was formed to foster coordination and collaboration among Rye’s youth-serving organizations and agencies. The steering committee is composed of representatives from the Rye City School District, RyeACT, the Rye Youth Council and Rye YMCA. For a summary of the survey results, contact Denise Woodin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to our runners!
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