Keeping 100% Curious Kids Safe in a World Made of 71% Water

There is a list of basic life skills all parents instinctively know they must teach their children to keep them safe and healthy. It includes habits like looking both ways before crossing the street, washing your hands with soap and water and eating the right amount of fruits and vegetables every day. For too many parents, safety in and around water is not on the list; and that’s something we need to change. Fatal drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14 years old. Each year, roughly 7 children died in Connecticut due to drowning. The problem is particularly acute among minority communities. For example, African American children ag

Our Commitment to Inclusion. A letter from CEO/President Michele Rulnick

Dear YMCA Members, The Y is made up of people of all ages and from every walk of life working side by side to strengthen communities. Together we work to ensure that everyone, regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, ideology, income, national origin, race or sexual orientation has the opportunity to reach their full potential with dignity. Our core values are caring, honesty, respect and responsibility—they guide everything we do. I think it is important that we share this guiding principle of the YMCA. While we know that people choose the Y for various reasons it is important to understand that you are part of an organization that serves a

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