The Gateway Family YMCA 7th Grade Initiative Program Registration

The Gateway Family YMCA Supports 7th Grade Students

Registration begins August 15th, 2019, for the new class of 7th Grade Initiative members at The Gateway Family YMCA. As part of the NJ YMCA 7th Grade Initiative, a state-wide program designed to support and encourage teens to maintain a healthy lifestyle, The Gateway Family YMCA offers a supportive 7th Grade Leaders Club program and complimentary membership for all 7th Grade Students in the local community. Incoming 7th Grade students are invited to visit the YMCA and join starting August 15th with proof of grade and a guardian’s signature. Registration is available at The Gateway Family Five Points Branch -201 Tucker Avenue, Union, and Wellness Center Branch – 1000 Galloping Hill Rd, Union.

The goal of the 7th Grade Initiative is to increase physical activity and support teens in the development of lifetime healthy habits and leadership skills while providing a safe and supportive environment with role models at the YMCA.  “At the Y, we recognize that 7th grade is a pivotal time in youth development. It is a time where sports become more competitive and many teens begin to become sedentary,” stated Krystal. R. Canady, CEO, The Gateway Family YMCA. “We believe in providing our students with a supportive environment where healthy habits can be learned and reinforced, new friendships can be made, and positive programs and role models are part of the daily routine.”

As part of the 7th Grade Initiative, The Gateway Family YMCA offers a 7th Grade Leader’s Club, a structured program offering teens leadership and volunteer opportunities. With a focus on team building, personal growth, character development, service and volunteerism, the 7th Grade Leader’s Club empowers teens to create a chart of work specific to the needs within their community and provides support for projects to strengthen community.

Students participate in programs and services offered by the YMCA, and receive a complimentary Full Privilege membership including health and wellness options, swimming, group exercise, as well programs designed exclusively for teens. “Our goal is to provide ongoing support for 7th grade students, assisting them to strengthen healthy behaviors, increase activity, gain a better understanding of nutrition and develop leadership skills to assist in their development and future,” stated Melynda A. Mileski, EVP/COO.

The Gateway Family YMCA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, health and community service organization of caring staff and volunteersdedicated to strengthening the foundations of community and stands For Youth Development, For Healthy Living and For Social Responsibility. The Y impacts the community by providing quality services to people of all ages, races, faiths or incomes.  Providing services for Eastern Union County and Northern Middlesex County, for over 119 years. The Gateway Family YMCA has six YMCA branches in Elizabeth, Rahway and Union, serving the communities of Avenel, Carteret, Clark, Colonia, Elizabeth, Hillside, Kenilworth, Linden, Plainfield, Port Reading, Roselle, Roselle Park, Sewaren, Union, Vauxhall, Winfield Park and Woodbridge, NJ.

For more information about The Gateway Family YMCA or the 7th Grade Initiative or the 7th Grade Leader’s Club, visit or contact the Five Points Branch at 908-688-9622.

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