SOUTH AMBOY — To help motivate and inspire kids to learn, the South Amboy Branch YMCA is offering an afterschool program to school-aged children throughout South Amboy and Sayreville. The Y’s afterschool program combines academics with play and offers a caring and safe environment for youth who would otherwise be left unsupervised.
During the school year, 15.1 million U.S. children are left unsupervised after 3 pm, according to the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness advocacy organization. In New Jersey, 28% children are left alone and responsible for taking care of themselves. With the start of the new school year, the South Amboy YMCA encourages parents/caregivers to make sure that children are involved in safe, educational experiences after school.
“The combination of enrichment and extended learning opportunities is essential to increasing children’s success in school,” said Mike Tonzola, Associate Executive Director, South Amboy YMCA. “YMCA afterschool programs promote a love for learning, social and emotional development, healthy choices, character and creativity, and provide children with an extra support system through positive role models to help them achieve and reach their full potential.”
Studies show participation in afterschool programs helps boost school attendance and academic performance and reduces gaps in academic achievement among children from disadvantaged households.
In the South Amboy YMCA’s afterschool program youth receive help with homework and can also explore arts and crafts, sports, games and swimming. We serve children in grades K-6 attending South Amboy & Sayreville schools. Financial assistance is available to those in need, to ensure every child and teen has the opportunity to learn and grow at the Y.
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