State of Connecticut Awards YMCA with grants to help kids attend summer camp



Press Release

TORRINGTON, Conn. — Summertime marks the highlight of every child’s year. It’s a time to play outside, spend time with friends, and for many, head to summer camp for days or weeks of adventure and activities. The Northwest CT YMCA is eager and ready to help your child safely take a break from screen time, indoor activities and distance learning to experience the benefits of summer camp: social-emotional learning with peers, physical exercise and outdoor activities.

In partnership with the State of Connecticut, with funding from the American Rescue Plan, the Y is excited to announce that we have been awarded three state grants to provide free and low-cost camperships to qualifying local youth that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These two-week camperships will be offered to those who qualify, and additional free/low-cost weeks may be available if grant funding allows. Grant funding is aimed to serve students who would otherwise not have access to summer camp or programs. Our high-quality camps will respond to students’ academic, social, and emotional needs and primarily address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on major racial and ethnic groups, children from low-income families, children with disabilities, English learners, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, and children and youth in foster care.

“We’re grateful the State of Connecticut has made these funds available so that the most kids possible can have fun-filled enriching summer experiences,” says Greg Brisco, Y CEO. “It’s been an extremely stressful 15 months. The best thing we can do is let our kids be kids, blow off steam and continue to learn and grow while having fun.”

The Northwest CT YMCA offers four camp experiences that are open and available all summer. Additional financial aid may be available to help with the cost of weeks beyond the two-week camperships. It is the goal of the Y to provide services for persons who desire to participate in the activities and benefits of the Y. Those not able to pay the full fee may be awarded some assistance based on their demonstrated need


Return completed applications to the local YMCA. Please contact us if you have any additional questions or need any assistance. Jana Freer, Child and Family Director

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