Programming for Children and Young Adults with Special Needs
Our motto is simple: every kid deserves a Y.
Y Kids Inc. is an inclusion program through the YMCA of Central New York. Children of all ages and abilities are able to participate in any YMCA program based on their interests and parents desires. Trained, compassionate and enthusiastic staff help our Y kids blossom into the confident, unique and outstanding individuals they are meant to be.
Y Kids Inc. support staff may be arranged through the YMCA free of charge to qualifying* individuals with a current YMCA membership. Support staff may also be arranged for an hourly fee to individuals seeking additional hours of assistance as well as for individuals not qualifying for free support based on grant guidelines. If the family chooses to provide their own support in programs, the outside support may accompany the child into the Y without a membership but must present agency or photo ID to member services.
*Note: Support may be provided free of charge to individuals with a developmental disability with qualifying documentation through OPWDD, who reside in Onondaga County and live at home with their families. These qualifications are specific to grant guidelines. Support hours are limited and given on a first come, first serve basis.
Support Services for Summer Camp
Support Staff are available through our Y Kids Inc. funding at YMCA Camp Evergreen, Hal Welsh East Area Family Y Camps, and North Area Family Y Camps.
Each camper can receive 2 weeks of support at summer camp through our Y Kids Inc. program. Please contact your Inclusion Department for qualifying information and support availability.