With the decision by local school districts to offer a virtual learning option or to run completely virtual this fall, the Y, which typically offers before- and after-school care to children, is now offering a Virtual Educational Enrichment Program during school hours in Newark and West Licking County to provide children a space where they can attend virtual classes while being supervised by Y staff.
As an organization dedicated to youth development, we know how important it is that our children have a safe and enriching environment for learning. With many area children engaged in virtual learning, we have shifted resources to provide this environment to children, while also providing essential child care to those parents who need to return to work.

A student is smiling while sitting at a laptop.
A virtual learner starting kindergarten in Newark City Schools logs into class from the Licking Y Mitchell Center.

Located within the Mitchell Family Recreation Center at the Licking Y in Newark and at South Elementary in the Licking Heights School District, the Virtual Educational Enrichment Program provides a safe, healthy environment for students to complete their learning, with internet access, help with assignments and guidance through their virtual experience. Outside of remote school classes, the Y will also provide enriching in-person activities, physical activity, as well as breakfast, lunch and a snack. Financial assistance is available to ensure every child and teen has the opportunity to learn and grow at the Y.
Throughout the crisis, we have looked for ways the Y can best serve everyone in our community. As we look to the current school year, we are pleased to support our community and provide an equitable, safe learning environment for our children to grow and thrive.

Two adults work in a classroom.
The School Age Team in Pataskala prepare to welcome virtual learners on August 31st.
Two boys play jump rope.
Virtual learners take a break for physical activity between virtual classes.

For more information and to sign up for the Y’s Virtual Educational Enrichment Program contact:

To serve the needs of Zanesville area youth, the Muskingum Y is proud to partner with the City of Zanesville in the creation of the Mainframe Center for Achievement located at the Muskingum County Family YMCA. The center will provide a safe learning space, as well as reliable internet and Chromebook access to children participating in remote learning. The Muskingum Y is excited to offer this space to area youth and encourages them and their families to explore the full range of Y offerings while they are here. For more information regarding the Mainframe Center of Achievement at the Muskingum Y, contact Tyler McDade at tyler.mcdade@bvfymca.org 740-454-4767 x312.