YMCA offers free membership to every 7th grader starting January 2010
I think this is a great opportunity as a Y member myself. Please let 7th graders know!!
Starting January 1st, the YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity will offer a free one year membership to every 7th grade student in the region. As youth begin to face the varied challenges of adolescence, they are more likely to begin disassociating from formal organizations, to distance themselves from family and its support structures, and to experiment with unhealthy and illegal behaviors. The 7th Grade Membership Initiative aims to promote the well-being of youth at a time that is most crucial to their development of choices about healthy lifestyles. It will also provide 7th graders with a safe place to go where they can participate in worthwhile activities that will enable them to grow in spirit, mind and body. Seventh grade students may register at any of the YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity branch locations by bringing a school roster, school ID or report card, a parent or guardian and a 7th Grade Membership Initiative ticket, available at all branch locations and online here .