CHARLOTTE — As parents prepare their children for a new school year, many are looking for ways to keep them busy after the last bell.
Channel 9’s Almiya White visited the YMCA of Greater Charlotte to learn about a program that will help students find new hobbies once they leave the classroom.
Everyone is preparing for back to school, but these YMCA counselors are preparing for what comes after the school day.
“(We’re) thrilled to, in a way, be able to provide a space for kids to be themselves and explore their interests,” said Amanda Little, director of youth development for the program.
On Monday afternoon, the YMCA after-school program will welcome 1,200 students to its 12 local branches.
“The recording is pretty sound,” Little said. “I’m pretty sure we’ll probably outgrow that and some of our spaces.”
Apart from academic help, the program also allows students to re-energize.
“They can be enrolled in swimming lessons, our dance program, soccer, flag football,” Little said. “All of these things literally happen on this campus.”
Little says she is optimistic that after-school activities this year will return to normal.
“Just go back to that socializing piece that maybe has been missing and in a lot of their lives over the last two years,” she said. “We still have the same mission and our staff still have to do the same work.”
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