After School At The Y Ignites The Spark In Every Child

OSWEGO – A new school year means a fresh start for kids, a chance to start new routines and habits, build new friendships and discover new possibilities and interests.

Back-to-school is a fresh start for youth and the people who care for them.

As children transition from summer to fall, the Oswego YMCA is offering programs to school-aged children throughout the Oswego and Mexico school districts to keep youth active, busy and engaged during out-of-school time.

Through a holistic approach to youth development, the Y’s programs offer activities in a caring and safe environment during the critical hours before and after school.

Whether through sports, mentorship, or academic support, the Y’s School Aged Child Care program’s staff nurtures the potential of youth throughout the school year.

At the end of the day when the school bell rings, 11.3 million kids are headed home to be unsupervised from 3 to 6 p.m, according to the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness advocacy organization.

In New York, 20% of children are left alone and responsible for taking care of themselves.

With a new school year about to begin, the Oswego YMCA encourages parents/caregivers to make sure that children are involved in safe, educational experiences during before and after school hours.

“Learning enrichment after school is essential to increasing children’s success in school,” said Darci Michalski, newly appointed School Aged Child Care and Camp director at the Oswego YMCA. “The opportunity to get additional learning and support, as well as participate in meaningful activities can inspire children’s motivations and abilities to succeed.”

The Y is a leading nonprofit committed to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, supporting their social-emotional, cognitive and physical development from birth to career.

In the Oswego YMCA’s afterschool program youth receive help with homework and can also explore art, music and literacy during staff run activities.

Financial assistance is available to those in need, to ensure every child and teen has the opportunity to learn and grow at the Y.

For more information about the Oswego YMCA before and afterschool program, please contact Michalski, School Aged Child Care and Camp director, at 342-6082 or [email protected] or visit

About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors.

Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.