Located at the Martin Luther King Center, 630 9th Street, Rock Island, the Rock Island Program Office serves to support current YMCA programs and staff in Rock Island, and to be a place where community members can learn about and register for YMCA membership and programs. This location is also home to 1 of 3 kitchens for Nourish: A Youth Nutrition Collaborative, used to serve nutritious food to the after-school programs in the Rock Island area.
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
So much more than just child care, this program provides children with a balanced curriculum that includes arts and humanities, homework support, literacy, STEM, character development, health and wellness, and service learning.
Nearly 500 students in the Rock Island/Milan School District participate in Before and After School programs, Y Winners, and Y Solutions, learning the Y Core Values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
This is a character development program for at-risk youth with a high probability of dropping out of school. Y Solutions develops basic life skills that can be practiced and used daily. Participants meet with a mentor once a week during the school day in an intensive effort to empower students to achieve at a desired level of performance in classes, preparation for school, and life beyond high school.
Y Winners is a program for students who have the potential to be successful in school and in life, but lack adult mentorship. Participants are selected by school personnel and learn goal setting, life skills, conflict resolution, service learning and character development from YMCA mentors. The 40 Developmental Assets are the foundation of this program.
Y Solutions and Y Winners are programs that are of no cost to participants and are fully funded by community support. Last year the Y provided more than $40,000 of subsidized program support for the three Y Solutions and one Y Winners site.
The Summer Enrichment Initiative, a component of the Youth Enrichment Initiative powered by Two Rivers YMCA, partners with Rock Island nonprofit organizations to infuse academic enrichment into the summer day camp setting. The two partnering Rock Island nonprofits commit to the mission of bridging summer learning loss by integrating educators who are hired by the initiative into their summer camps. These educators focus on Leveled Learning Intervention and incorporating academics into game play and daily camp activities. Approximately 425 elementary-aged children in the Rock Island-Milan School District are served through the initiative each summer.
Activate Rock Island is a multi-sector, community-led initiative that works to provide equitable opportunities for healthy living through policy, education and community change. Started with a grant from the Centers for Disease Control in 2011, Activate Rock Island’s focus is on projects that can lead to policy, system or built environmental changes.
Current areas of focus include:
Increasing access to fruits and vegetables. Activate Rock Island works with the Rock Island Urban gardeners to increase community gardens and distribution of produce throughout Rock Island’s west neighborhoods
Increasing youth physical activity. Activate Rock Island partners with the Rock Island schools and other organizations on increasing the number of students safely walking to school and by supporting enhance physical education curriculum within elementary schools
Increasing a safe environment to be physically active. Activate Rock Island supports improvements to sidewalks, bike lanes and parks so more residents have safe, easy access to physical activity.