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News & Highlights

Budding Green Thumbs: Gardening at the Y Nursery School

Monday, November 27, 2017

Have you ever seen preschoolers in a garden? At that age, it is a truly magical time of exploration and investigation where young children see, touch, and taste herbs, tomatoes, and other delicious fruits and vegetables. This is what the 3 – 5 year olds at the Y Nursery School experience each week during their gardening and permaculture specialty classes in our rooftop garden. Our greening and gardening programs are sponsored, in part, by Con Edison in their support for environmental sustainability education for children of all ages.

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Birth of "Be Baby: Discovery Zone"

Thursday, November 02, 2017

At the Y, we love to welcome neighbors of all ages – from expectant families with babies on the way, to adults celebrating birthdays age 100 and better. At the Y Beginnings Parenting Center, we focus on babies and toddlers. Now, thanks to a new partnership with PJ Library, we're excited to announce Be Baby: Discovery Zone, designed especially for babies between 6 and 12 months, along with their parents and caregivers.

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The Y's Kitchen is Back in Business

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

In order to meet the needs of our patrons, last year the Y began renovations on our kitchen and auditorium. To the delight of all, that work is now complete and representatives from the Mayor's Office, the Department for the Aging, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Jewish Communal Fund, and UJA-Federation of New York joined us to celebrate.

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The Heart of Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

What is at the core of Rosh Hashanah? Yes, it is one of the most widespread Jewish holidays celebrated in the United States. Most people know the food associated with it and some of the symbols, but far fewer know what the holiday is really about. Before we get to the heart of it, let’s start with an easier question: When is Rosh Hashanah?

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Our Thanks to Clifford Alarcon for Twenty-Five Years of Service

Friday, September 15, 2017

Twenty years ago when gang violence and drugs were running rampant through Washington Heights, one young man named Miguel found a safe haven in the Y. Clifford Alarcon, a security guard, took Miguel under his wing, kept him safe and connected. This week Cliff, who still welcomes you at the door with a smile, celebrates 25 years at the Y. We thank him for still making a difference in our community.

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An Enriching Summer for Campers of All Abilities

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Camp Twelve Trails’ inclusion program focuses on meeting the needs of all our campers by providing a supportive and caring environment. Teen Adventures, our teen program, is a perfect example of how inclusion not only benefits the campers who need additional support, but how inclusion leads to a richer experience for all campers and staff, benefiting the entire camp community.

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Thank You to the Volunteers Who Make Programs Possible

Thursday, August 17, 2017

One August evening dozens of volunteers convened in the Y's newly renovated auditorium for a dinner in their honor. 

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The Y Receives Inclusion Champion Award

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

We are committed to taking an inclusive approach to ensure that all children, regardless of ability or background, are given the exposure to meaningful opportunities to participate in all programs. The Inclusive Recreation Resource Center recognized that commitment by honoring us with their Inclusion Champion award!

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My Time at the Y as a Social Work Intern

Monday, July 03, 2017

I’ve had an invaluable experience as a social work intern at the Y. Not only was I lucky enough to have two assignments, in the preschool and at a local high school, I was also welcomed into the community of the Y. 

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Mayor de Blasio Proclaims June 8, 2017 is the Y of Washington Heights & Inwood Day

Thursday, June 08, 2017

June 7 the Y received a very special proclamation from Mayor Bill de Blasio. In honor of our centennial, June 8, 2017 will be known as "YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood Day" in the City of New York!

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