The YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women’s organization in the world. Across the globe, the YW has more than 25 million members in 122 countries, including 2.6 million members and participants in 300 local associations in the United States.
YWCA has been serving Bergen County since 1920 with programs that improve lives, inspire change and create opportunities. We provide safe, welcoming places for women, girls and families to learn, share and grow; support women and girls on their paths to educational, career and financial success; and advocate for women’s rights and civil rights.
Here is information on just some of the programs and services that the Bergen County offers:
YWCA is the biggest child-care provider with 21 sites for before-care and after care. Their Early Learning Center is a beautiful facility in Upper Saddle River, staffed by 8 teachers with college degrees, that has 1/2 day and full-day child care.
The YWCA Bergen County has a wonderful Dance & Fitness department and their program offers various classes for ages 3 years old and up.
- children’s classes are ballet, jazz, tap and judo
- youth and teen fitness include judo, zumba and tap classes
- adult classes include tabata, body sculpting, zumba, yoga, pilates, barre none, kickboxing, gyrokinesis, willpower & grace and tap
- seniors programs include stretch, chair yoga arthritis class and safe & fit
The YWCA Bergen County has an amazing Aquatherapy program to provide adults with rehabilitation and recreation utilizing the water’s bouyancy to reduce stress on weight-bearing joints and provide resistance to strengthen muscles, increase flexibility and improve circulation.
They also offer American Red Cross Swim Lessons for all ages, beginning with “aquababies 1” (6 month to 2 1/2 years) and all they way up to adult 1 and adult 2 swim lessons.
American Red Cross Lifeguard Training classes are held at the YWCA Bergen County and include a swim test, CPR, First Aid and lifeguard techniques.
Special Needs Programs are also provided and include “Fun Swim,” “Special Swim” and “The Music in Me.”
They have Community Enrichment Programs, Women Empowerment Network (WEN) seminars, a Newcomers Club and provide Counseling and Support through Healing Space. (formerly known as the Rape Crisis Center)
Healing Space is Bergen County’s only dedicated service 24 hours a day, seven days a week for survivors of sexual violence, their families and friends and anyone looking for information. Support is available whether the assault occurred hours or even years ago.
Confidential Sexual Violence Advocates provide information, support, accompaniments for medical and legal proceedings, options regarding reporting and/or disclosure, as well as referrals to community agencies for additional services.
It is absolutely amazing all that the YWCA Bergen County encompasses!
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