YMCA Awards Grants to Advance Wellness Programs


The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati presented several mini grants to partners of CPS schools to advance programs that engage students in healthy living habits. This marks the first time the organization has presented the grants. Each project has a budget of up to $2,500. Mini grant recipients and their affiliated schools are:

Community Learning Center Institute/Academy of World Languages: To create the Action-Based Learning Project designed to help students learn content while increasing their physical activity. As an example, students may jump on a mini trampoline while looking at a chart of math facts and saying them aloud. The initial plan is to start with third-grade classes in a pilot program.

St. Aloysius Orphanage/Winton Hills Academy: to expand Run Your Health, the track and field program at Winton Hills Academy, into a student wellness club that will run in partnership with CincyAfterSchool.       

Madisonville Weed and Seed/John P. Parker School: John P. Parker School has created a food-producing garden for students, teachers, parents and community members to use, learn from and appreciate. The garden provides an opportunity for teaching character values and healthy living habits. The grant will be used for a curriculum coordinator and to offset the cost of building a teaching shed.

Boys & Girls Clubs/Roll Hill Academy: The Boys & Girls Clubs opened its East Westwood location at Roll Hill Academy. Healthy eating and physical activity are part of its strategy, Fit for Life, a systematic approach to improving childhood health.

Cincinnati Public Schools' Safe Routes To School (SRTS) Steering Team: CPS was chosen by the Ohio Department of Transportation as one of the first large school districts to implement SRTS at its 42 elementary schools. The grant will help fund the hiring of a point person to oversee the efforts, ensuring its success as a role model for other districts.

St. Aloysius Orphanage/Rockdale Academy: Rockdale Academy's Walking School Bus Program includes adult volunteers at 19 locations in Avondale along paths where students walk to and from school. Volunteers will provide a physical presence in high crime areas and also encourage students away from interections of heavy traffic.

Powel Crosley, Jr. YMCA/Pleasant Hill Academy: Pleasant Hill's Second Helpings project is aligned with the YMCA's national campaign to promote healthy living by providing information and tools that community members need to make positive life changes. The goal is to facilitate the development of healthy eating patterns and increased physical activity among school students, families, staff and members of the surrounding community.

YMCA Child Development Services/Roselawn Condon School: The YMCA is forming a group called the Roselawn Walking Champions to serve Roselawn Condon and the community. The group will include school staff, church and family members, YMCA staff, police officers and others in the community to embrace walking for the children who are at high risk for obesity.

YWCA/Taft Information Technology High School: Girls Inc. at the YWCA has a team of high school girls from Taft IT who participate in the cross-cultural leadership program that works to strengthen their skills and knowledge about leadership, healthy choices and diversity.

For more information about these programs, visit http://learngrowthriveymca.com.