The mission of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA is to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The Y welcomes all - no matter religion, age, gender or socio-economic status and makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow and thrive. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves the nation’s health and well-being, and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors.
1859 Central Connecticut Coast YMCA (CCCY) branches have operated as community
centers in the heart of the towns we serve. Committed to youth development,
healthy living, and social responsibility, the Y is known for its quality
community offerings and our commitment to provide access to affordable programs
and services for all. Y programs work to close the Achievement Gap, to teach
critical life skills, promote teamwork and leadership skills, afford
opportunities for intergenerational interaction, and provide a safe, nurturing
space for area residents. Throughout our organization’s history, our leaders
have shown an audacity of courage, a fearless willingness to welcome into the Y
all those who need Y programs. We’ve created a legacy of innovation, having
shaped fitness as we know it today, created basketball, national swim safety
programs, along with programs focused on our responsibility to one another as
people – from the Railroad YMCA of the late 1800’s to the CCCY’s commitment
today to end chronic homelessness, we remain the foremost nonprofit dedicated
to helping people and communities to learn, grow and thrive.
Our YMCA branches offer a variety of programs and services including: afterschool and vacation programs for children, early childhood learning and childcare, fitness programs, sports leagues, swimming, summer day and resident camp, diabetes prevention program, healthy lifestyle classes, and low-income housing with support services. Our last evaluation of programs for all branches showed: 1,428 low-income children made great strides in closing the education Achievement Gap through the Y's 3 school-readiness programs, 38 after-school programs and 10 summer camp programs with a special focus on developing reading and writing skills; 33,321 youth participated in programs including childcare, youth sports, summer camping, and Youth in Government, where character was built and positive values were reinforced; 8,975 children participated in Y swimming lessons and water safety education programs; 51,712 youth and adults participated in health, wellness, education, physical activity and diabetes prevention programs and services;1,006 people, including more than 250 children, were served when our Y reached out and helped them through affordable housing services. We have a legacy of collaborative, long-term, systems changing strategies to respond to community needs that continues with our daily operations today.
Changing Behavior: Teens participating in Y programs are making plans for college or creating a path to learn a trade that will result in a career. Children are living healthier lives with better nutritional choices and daily physical activity. Families are engaging in the education of their youngest members with reading programs and curriculum that provides resources for parents and caregivers to employ at home.
Changing Circumstances: Y youth and teen programs are helping to improve graduation rates. More families are able to provide safe, nurturing care and educational opportunities through the Y. Instances of childhood diabetes and obesity are decreased as community members participate in nutrition and physical activity programs.
Giving Knowledge: Teens and youth in our programs have the skills, knowledge and access to resources to succeed in college and career. Children in our programs learn how to interact with one another in real life, unplugged from technology; improve literacy skills and strengthen problem solving abilities. Participants in nutritional components of our programs learn how to read food labels and determine which foods are the best choices; they learn the connection between nutrition and energy, learning, and focus, as well as preventing diseases and issues later in life.
Changing Perceptions: The Y welcomes all through our doors, regardless of ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender, age, orientation or religion. Participants in our programs learn about myriad cultures and lifestyles. Dovetailed with YMCA values curriculum and modeling, members of the Y community learn to value and respect the difference in people and participants model those values to their peers. The confidence cultivated in program participants helps youth and teens discover and pursue high educational and career goals, combating a common belief that low-income situations are cyclical - our participants learn they have choices and that anything is possible.
You provided a home and changed the lives last year of 1,685 people across Connecticut with support to our housing programs. This includes more than 300 children who benefited from our family emergency shelter. There are many more families at risk of homelessness and many already living without shelter, together with our many collaborators across the State, we need to end chronic homelessness; you help provide individuals with the resources and skills they need to rebuild homes when you support the Y.
In our special needs programs we will evaluate how many participants in the adapted programs feel confident to try mainstream programs as well as how many parents would recommend our programs.
In the past 2 years we have trained staff to work with children with special needs in sports, after school and camp, created an adapted arts program and expanded our adapted aquatics program.
Nearly 5,000 teens have come to the Y and acquired the skills they need to resist negative influences, finish their education, pursue careers and break the cycle of poverty.
In addition to participation rates, our staff also evaluates our programs based on participant feedback. Responses are compiled and shared with staff to review and use in the development of an action plan for improvement for the following year. Our staff makes every effort to talk to parents at the start and end of each session to see what areas we can improve upon and what areas are going well. When we discover an opportunity to improve, staff comes together to come up with ways to solve any issue. Positive responses tell us we are doing something right and allow us to build momentum in a positive direction.
We have found our camp to be a great societal equalizer in dealing with youth and families. Wherever you come from or whatever your circumstances, a camp experience almost inevitably broadens your perspective of the world and teaches you how to live and thrive within it. Every year, we provide this opportunity to children and families who cannot afford to attend.
Our goal is to help boys and girls grow as individuals, building their self esteem while instilling leadership social and life skills - all while they have fun in our beautiful camp environment. Campers have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities that are made possible by our natural settings while led by enthusiastic staff.
In 2010, 184 children were able to participate in YMCA Camp Hi-Rock programs and services who would not otherwise have been unable to do so. We anticipate approximately 204 children will be helped through our Strong Kids Financial Assistance program in 2011. In 2010, 94% of camper survey respondents reported that camp helped them make new friends. 89% of camper survey respondents reported that camp helped them get to know kids who are different from themselves (an increase over 2009 when 79% of campers responded in this manner). 87% of campers reported that camp made them feel good about themselves. Lives were positively changed, critical child care was provided to low-income families during the summer time period, character traits such as honesty, caring, respect and responsibility were learned. There was a tremendously positive impact for all of Camp Hi-Rock to continue to have and serve a fully diverse population of campers. This made our camp experience stronger for everyone.
To be without a home is often to be without hope. Yet the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA is committed to helping individuals and families move from homelessness to hopefulness.
The Valley YMCA provides housing services to many individuals. Its residence programs give men not only a safe place to live, but also a comfortable environment. We were also able to help those that were struggling to stay current on their rent due to reduction in their work hours or unemployment. Knowing that the Y staff are willing to work with them so they don’t have to worry about a roof over their head has given many of the residents peace of mind and the ability to continue to provide for other necessities, including food and medication.
While many of our residents may not have any other support networks, the Y’s housing gave 50 individuals, a sense of community, hope and a place to belong last year.
Since their departure from the shelter, Jose and Suheily received a Section 8 voucher from the Bridgeport Housing Authority. Jose, Suheily, and their children are doing very well and have expressed much gratitude for the help and guidance they received from Alpha Community Services YMCA.
David Stevenson began his YMCA career in 1979 as the Physical Director at the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA in western Ohio. In 1983, Dave returned to Washington D.C. to attend graduate school at American University and to work as the Assistant Director for the National Center for Health/Fitness. His deep commitment to the Y mission brought him back to the National Capital YMCA in 1987 where he served as the Associate Executive Director for Programs. In 1991, Dave accepted the position as Branch Executive for the YMCA of Central Maryland, and in 1998, he joined the staff of the Sewickley Valley YMCA as its Chief Executive Officer. In November 2010, Dr. Stevenson became the President & CEO of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA.
As a twenty-five year professional in the YMCA movement, Dr. Stevenson states, “With roots dating back to the 1850’s, the YMCA continues to serve as a vital and thriving force to build spirit, mind, and body for all. And as a cause-driven movement, the YMCA is welcoming to all and well positioned to address the challenges of today’s society.”
Dr. Stevenson holds a B.S. degree in Recreation Management from Ithaca College, an M.S. degree in Health/Fitness Management from American University, and a Ph.D. degree in Educational Administration from American University.
Dave and his wife, Maura, are the proud parents of Patrick and Maggie, and live in the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA service area.
Multiple CCCY Branches participate in the State’s Care 4 Kids program. We are members of the CT Afterschool Network. We also work with The New Haven Public Library, Employment Training/Workforce Alliance, Hill Health Clinic, The Children’s Museum, Clifford Beers, Yale University, and StoryTime, a nonprofit reading project. Yale New Haven Health Systems is a significant partner in our Diabetes Prevention Program. We partner with University of Bridgeport and Housatonic Community College to provide training work study opportunities. We have partnered with the City of Bridgeport, School Readiness Council, and the Bridgeport Alliance for Young Children and the Bridgeport Area Non-Profit Council.
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