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Youth Engagement in Sports

The Youth Engagement in Sports (YES) Initiative is an opportunity for middle school youth living in geographic areas where access to physical fitness and recreation facilities may be limited to be more active, track activity levels and participate in a variety of fun exercises!

Youth Engagement in Sports

Yes Intro

The Y has a long history of encouraging healthy activity, including sports participation. The YES Initiative represents an extraordinary opportunity to positively impact the health trajectory of several hundred youth in our community.

If you are already enrolled in the program, you can access program participant resources here.

Schedule

Schedules may vary. Participants chosen for the structured fitness and nutrition program will attend activities two evenings per week and one Saturday per month.

Starting Price

Free

Ages

Fifth through seventh graders

Kids playing flag football

Safety First!

Safety is our top priority. We follow all CDC guidelines, along with those from state and local officials, to ensure we provide the healthiest environment possible.

At a Glance

The Youth Engagement in Sports (YES) initiative is part of an Indiana University research study of youth fitness and nutrition among middle schoolers living in geographic areas where access to physical fitness and recreation facilities may be limited. Participants must be fifth through seventh graders living in the West Louisville neighborhoods of Russell, California, Portland, Park Hill, Parkland and Park DuValle.

Selected participants can expect:

  • YMCA Youth membership for all participants
  • $25 upgrade option to add your household to your YMCA membership
  • Garmin fitness tracker
  • Nutritional snacks and meals on program days
  • Access to take-home fruits and vegetables
  • Access to a state-of-the-art Teen Tech Center, sponsored by Best Buy
  • Access to transportation (coming soon)
  • Access to TARC passes

Some participants will be randomly selected to participate in a structured fitness and nutrition program held two evenings per week and one Saturday per month. Those participants also receive:

  • Structured Physical Literacy program
  • Structured Nutritional Literacy program

Informed Consent Video

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  • Informed Consent Video

    Selected participants must watch this video as part of their onboarding.

Already Enrolled?

Here's what's next to begin the YES program:

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

What is Youth Engagement in Sports (YES)?

What is Youth Engagement in Sports (YES)?

The YES initiative is part of an Indiana University research study of youth fitness and nutrition. YES is designed to learn how to increase participation in sports, increase physical activity and improve nutrition among middle school youth living in geographic areas where access to physical fitness and recreation facilities may be limited.

The program is made possible through a federal grant funded by the US Office on Women's Health and Office of Minority Health. YMCA youth memberships funded by this grant require enrollment and ongoing participation in the study. Data will be collected on all participants, including activity and nutrition.

 

Why is the YMCA involved in the YES initiative?

Why is the YMCA involved in the YES initiative?

National trends in lower sports participation and physical activity are alarming. The Y has a long history of encouraging healthy activity, including sports participation. YES represents an extraordinary opportunity to positively impact the health trajectory of several hundred youth in our community. The YMCA of Greater Louisville is proud to be one of only 18 recipients of the grant. The grant’s focus is on the national decline in youth participation in sports, especially among low-income and minority youth, particularly girls.

Who can participate?

Who can participate?

Our youth participants must be fifth through seventh graders living in the West Louisville neighborhoods of Russell, California, Portland, Park Hill, Parkland and Park DuValle.

Living areas defined by the federal research grant are within the Ohio River to the north, I-264 to the west, Algonquin Parkway to the south and 9th Street to the east.

How many kids can participate?

How many kids can participate?

The initiative will engage up to 500 youth.

How was the geographic area of eligibility determined?

How was the geographic area of eligibility determined?

The federal government required that funded programs target federally identified opportunity zones where access to physical fitness and recreation facilities may be limited. These boundaries ensured this requirement was met and that the program site would offer ease of access by foot, bike and public transit.

Will I get a membership to the YMCA?

Will I get a membership to the YMCA?

Yes, all participants will receive a single youth membership, funded by the grant, to the Republic Bank Foundation YMCA and Chestnut Street Family YMCA. Attendance at an enrollment session and continued participation in the program is required to keep the membership.

What if my family wants to join the YMCA too?

What if my family wants to join the YMCA too?

Your family is welcome to join the Y. Upgrades:

  • YES Youth Republic Bank Foundation and Chestnut Street Family YMCAs: Free
  • YES Youth Community Wide: $5 per month
  • YES Family Republic Bank Foundation and Chestnut Street Family YMCAs: $25 per month
  • YES Family Community Wide: $40 per month

If you want to add more than two adults onto the YES family membership, those additional adults living in the same household can be added at a cost of $20 per month per person. If your family already has a Y membership, the membership type will be changed to a YES membership under the Republic Bank Foundation YMCA.

Where can I sign up for my membership?

Where can I sign up for my membership?

You may enroll over the phone, at the Open House or at the Republic Bank Foundation YMCA. Memberships will end when youth are no longer participating in the YES program.

Still Need Help?

Please contact Lance Jackson at [email protected].

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