Y will offer After-School Academy in several schools

As schools in Stokes County are set to transition to Plan A later this month, we would like to inform you that the YMCA will be hosting after school academies at the following sites for students in kindergarten through 5th grade year and teenagers:

• King Elementary School;

• Poplar Springs Elementary School;

• Mount Olive Elementary School;

• Walnut Cove Elementary School;

• Pinnacle Elementary School (served by Mount Olive Elementary School);

• Chestnut Grove High School.

We will soon have more information about our After School Academy.

The YMCA is pleased to provide a distinct and holistic approach to learning for K-12 students impacted by COVID-19. The Online Learning Academy will take place at multiple YMCA facilities and has been designed to support the online education and instruction your student will receive from school this fall.

The YMCA Online Learning Academy provides a secure, Wi-Fi connected environment for students to complete school-assigned courses online; school support and on-site tutoring; connection with peers and social-emotional development, including “CircleUp” check-ins; Y Selectives, including physical training and sports, arts and recreation, leadership development, etc.

In addition to the E-Learning Academy, we have also adapted our After School Academy to meet the changing needs of our schools, students and families. To view the digital brochure, go to https://ymcanwnc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/YE-Learning-Brochure-v9s.pdf.

The Online Learning Academy will be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Stokes Family YMCA and Walnut Cove Elementary School. To contact the E-Learning Academy site directly, call 336-413-9760 for Stokes Family YMCA or 336-406-5501 for Walnut Cove Elementary.


Cozy campfires with s’mores and enjoying what camp has to offer during the cooler months is what annual winter camp at YMCA Camp Hanes is all about. Join us for the ninth year of our annual winter camp from December 11-13. The camp is open to children from 6 to 16 years old. Winter camp includes a weekend of fun activities including archery, rifle shooting, zipline, basketball, crafts, rock climbing and more again, accommodation, meals and, above all, to create memories with friends! Click the link below to learn more or call 336-983-3131 for more information. Online registration begins October 15. Questions ? Contact Amelia Johnson at Amelia.johnson@ymcanwnc.org, or visit https://camphanes.org/summer-camp/wintercamp.


For nearly four decades, the mistletoe race has continued, even through rain, snow, sleet, and whatever else Mother Nature could invent. And in 2020, this annual holiday tradition will still be on the calendar. So start training for the 37th Annual YMCA Mistletoe Race.

So what does a virtual mistletoe race look like? We will still have the Fun Run (1 mile) 5K and Half Marathon options. But this year, runners will finish the race at their own pace during the set race dates, December 5-13.

We know how important this race is to our runners who have made it an annual tradition, but it is also vitally important to the YMCA of Northwest NC programs that benefit from it. Even though COVID-19 has changed the way we race this year, we’ll do everything we can to make sure the Mistletoe community stays strong in 2020.

Learn more and register at the link below. In order to be guaranteed a race jersey and a medal for the half-marathon, register before October 25th.

You can register at https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/WinstonSalem/MistletoeRun. Contact mistletoe@ymcanwnc.org for more information.


School may look different, but the YMCA’s commitment to college and career readiness hasn’t changed! For the 2020-21 school year, the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina’s Black Achievers, Latino Achievers, and Youth and Government programs are virtual, meaning they’re open to all middle and high school students in our Y association this year !

The Black Achievers and Latino Achievers programs are academic achievement and career development initiatives for middle and high school youth and teens, with the goal of helping them gain acceptance into post-high school education or place students on a career path after high school graduation.

Youth and Government is for high school students who want to make an impact in their community, who will learn about state and local governments and the roles lawmakers, lawyers, journalists, and more play.

The mission of the Achievers program is to help students graduate from high school and prepare them for post-secondary opportunities. This year, 100% of senior Latino Achievers and Black Achievers students graduated from high school. The graduation rate for schools in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County in 2017 was 78% for Hispanic students and 86% for African American students.

Youth and Government is a “hands on” high school level leadership experience in state government. Our goal is to empower teens to learn how to have an impact on their community. Youth and Government, or YAG, is great for teens who want to see and implement change in the world, or just meet more people and have fun. In addition to looking great on a resume, Youth and Government teaches critical thinking skills, networking skills, teamwork, and strives to build self-esteem. The culmination of the program is a weekend trip to Raleigh where the students take control of the fake state government. With many growth opportunities within the program, students can become legislators, lawyers, judges, lobbyists, budget analysts, journalists, photographers, and more. Elected positions are also available. By empowering teens to become decision makers, teens not only learn how the world around them works, but also how to make a real difference.

Due to COVID-19, Youth and Government has moved to a virtual platform. While we will miss seeing all of our delegates in person, we are thrilled to be able to bring this unique experience to teens across North Carolina. In the past, we have only been able to offer it in a handful of high schools in Forsyth County. But with a virtual option, we can now offer it to all teens — Y members and potential members — through the Northwestern NC YMCA. Some teens will have the opportunity to be founding members of youth and government delegations or clubs at their school.

Follow us on Instagram @ymcanwnc_yag. Sign up for updates and reminders by texting “@2021yag” to 81010 to join our Remind group. Registration is now open. Visit www.ncyag.org for more information.

The virtual legislative conference will take place from February 12-14 and the virtual judicial conference will be held from February 19-21.

If you need financial assistance, you can apply through our Open Doors financial assistance program. If you have any questions, contact Rain Thorensen at r.thorensen@ymcanwnc.org.


Thank you to all the teams and sponsors who participated in the YMCA’s 24th Annual Golf to Give Back Tournament earlier this week. Thanks to you, we raised over $20,000. These proceeds help strengthen the community by ensuring that Y programs and services are available to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.

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