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YMCA COMMUNITY FAMILY CENTER
4223 S. Atherton Dr., Taylorsville, UT 84123
www.ymcacfc.org | 801-839-3388
COMMUNITY FAMILY CENTER
January 2012
SPECIAL
REMINDERS
January 13,16—No School
Holiday Day Camps
January 7,14—Money Matters
January 12—GED/High School
Completion Workshop
January 10— My Best Life
January 20—Tai Chi Introductory Class
HAPPENINGS
Welcome to the New Year!
We are looking forward to three Holiday Day Camps on January 2nd, 13th, and
16th. On January 16th we will be having a Day of Service, where we will be
working on crafts for a local hospital. All of our Day Camps include a wide
variety of enriching and fun activities.
We will have some great changes in our afterschool program with the new
session of clubs. Due to the large number of youth the program will be structure
more like the Day Camps with the groups assigned to one staff. The next eight
weeks will be filled with Project Learning, Financial Literacy, Fitness, Character
Education and Arts & Crafts. We are sad to say goodbye to Wilynes as she will
be leaving for California but we are happy to welcome Sarah to our afterschool
staff.
The before school program completed some beautiful holiday string art which
will be on display at the local senior center. String Art is a mathematic based art
project where the kids follow a number pattern to create an object. They have
also continued learning about the solar system with science news through the
internet and conversations based on what they learn. There has been a focus on
scientific illusion and how you can trick your brain into believing something that
is not real.
If you are interested in learning more about any of our programs please contact
us or stop in for a visit.
Kate B Sigurdson, Youth Program Manager
HAPPY
NEW
YEAR!
HOLIDAY DAY CAMPS
Winter 2011 Dates
-January 2
-January13
-January 16
-February 17
-February 20
Every day there will be:
-Themed Activities
-Field Trips
-Fun
-And More
The youth and staff at the YMCA Community Family Center (CFC) in Taylorsville and
all of the SLC After School Programs set themselves a goal to accomplish 1,000
kind acts by the last day of 2011… and we got 950 of them! Through their own
actions towards others, and their willingness to inspire their families and friends to
be kind, our youth plan to complete our goal by the end of the first week in
January.
The YMCA’s Four Core Values of Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility are regular
accompaniments of our daily life here at the Y. Our programs offer a variety of positive reinforcements
for youth that allow them to grow and become healthier in mind, body and spirit each and every day.
This goal allows them to build awareness on Kindness and will hopefully inspire their families to do the
same.
We’re really proud of all the Kind Acts that the kids have completed!
January 2012 Calendar
January Health and Wellness Challenge
Every month we are going to issue a healthy challenge to encourage the community to be more aware of their health
and the opportunities around them to improve or continue make healthy choices.
This month’s challenge is to WALK 30 MINUTES EVERYDAY.
Walking, like other exercise, can help you achieve a number of important health benefits. Walking can help you:
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Lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the "bad" cholesterol)
Raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the "good" cholesterol)
Lower your blood pressure
Reduce your risk of or manage type 2 diabetes
Manage your weight
Improve your mood
And help you spend quality time with your family
Thank you to our Supporters
George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation
$30,000 for operations with our Salt Lake County After
School Programs and the Community Family Center
Programs.
Goldman Sachs
$10,000 to our Salt Lake County After
School Programs and the Community
Family Center Programs
To expand our capacity to provide direct
financial assistance to low income
children and families so that they are not
turned away from our programs due to
their inability to pay. These funds will
allow us to continue to provide programs
and services that promote academic
achievement and expand the amount and
depth of financial literacy programming
for children, adults and families living in
poverty.
All of our FAMILIES.
Thank you for all that
you do.
Utah Family Foundation
$10,000 Capital for Community Family
Center
For the capital improvement project at
the Community Family Center which
will allow the Y to add a community
garden, provide senior health and
wellness programs, provide adult
entrepreneurship and job training/
seeking classes, provide community
family programs. Capital improvements
include: providing equipment to create
a more effective classroom experience
for children and adults and improve
our ability to communicate to our
families.
KINDERGARTEN ACADEMY
IT WAS THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME…
December was a very special month for our children at the Y
Kindergarten Academy. We had great celebrations and important
visitors that brought to our program unforgettable experiences. At
the beginning of the month our children lit up the Family Night with
songs that brought reflection about the value of all our families. As
part of the Character Education and Prevention program children
earned a celebration after completing group goals. Using the
democratic system, kindergarteners chose to have a Pajama Party! We
read books, we did math by sorting patterns of pajamas and stuffed
animals, we practiced science by cooking breakfast and had a lot of
fun in our PJs!
Josten, Ledraya, Andres, Lily and Snehit pretended
to sleep during the PJs party
The volunteers that came to our program also made December very special
time of the year. Nallely Bojorquez came to our morning program and shared
with the kids a great story, a craft and her iPad! For some of the children, this
was their first experience playing music and creative games on an iPad.
We also were lucky to have 12 enthusiastic volunteers from Deseret Mutual/
International Division in our afternoon program. They read a great book that
was donated to our program. They brought crafts that our children enjoyed a
lot. But most of all, children enjoyed the interaction with these fun grown-ups
that told them stories, laughed with them, and helped complete projects that
children took home.
Nallely and the kids experiencing her iPad
What is coming…
In January we will focus our studies on our community. Children will
learn about community helpers, important buildings in our community.
We would love to hear from you. We want you to share how you are a
community helper with our children.
Josten, Ledraya, Andres, Lily and Snehit pretended to
sleep during the PJs party
Community Programs
Please visit our website at www.ymcacfc.org for more information and to register for our programs.
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Money Matters
January 7th and 14th from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm.
Join the YMCA Community Family Center and Fair Credit/UADIN for MONEY MATTERS and learn to prepare simple family
budgets, tips on using credit wisely, straightforward information on managing your money and information about starting a
healthy savings account! Childcare is available during class times for youth ages 2-14, at no charge.
GED/High School Completion Workshop
Thursday January 12, 2012 from 6:00pm – 8:00 pm
Pam Denicke from eSingleParent.org will be partnering with the YMCA Community Family Center to offer a FREE GED/HIGH
SCHOOL COMPLETION WORKSHOP. During this 2 hour workshop you will learn how to: complete a GED or HSCD, prepare for
the test, locate the local testing center, arrange to take the test and how to successfully balance school, home, and work. In
addition, Pam Denicke will also discuss the process of starting college to complete a degree or technical training program
and the available campus and community programs, services and resources that will aid future students in navigating that
process.
My Best Life
Tuesday January 10, 2012 from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. (Runs every Tuesday evening for five weeks)
Feeling stressed? Would you like to lose weight? Join the YMCA Community Family Center for MY BEST LIFE, a 5 week series
on mastering your emotions and addressing emotional issues that trigger unhealthy life choices. My Best Life creates a support system with weekly groups, personal coaching, sponsorship and daily journaling. Become the master of your emotions
and fulfill your New Years resolutions with this FREE workshop series! Feel free to get more information online at
www.ymcacfc.org or mybestlifeforever.com.
Tai Chi
Friday January 20, 2012 10 am-11 am
The YMCA will be offering a FREE introductory Tai Chi class. Join the Community Family Center as we connect our mind, body
and spirit through the most ancient form of martial arts, Tai Chi.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Thursday February 2, 2012 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Saturday February 4, 2012 9:00 am – 9:30 am (twice weekly every Thursday and Saturday for 12 weeks.)
The YMCA is partnering with the Daily Dose English Program to offer 12 weeks of English as a Second Language
classes. These classes are designed for our adult community members who want to gain basic, conversational English
skills. Attendance is not time intensive; classes will be offered twice a week for half an hour each session and will be taught
entirely in English. Class sizes will be kept small with no more than 10 participants to a class. Please join us, at the YMCA
Community Family Center as we learn and grow together! Seating is limited, please register online.
Resume Writing Workshop
Thursday February 9th and 16th from 6:30 pm- 7:30pm
Need a job? The YMCA and the SLCC Community Writing Center will be hosting a Resume writing workshop for FREE! Join us
for this two part series where the intricacies of writing a cover letter and organizing your resume will be made simple. Let us
help you make the first step of your job search an easy one.
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