We continue to build our relationship with Knox College through hosting student volunteers in our After School Programs. There are over 30 Knox student volunteers who help our programs thrive and help us meet our overall goal of providing a wonderful before and after school experience for our participants. This partnership is mutually beneficial for the Knox County YMCA and for Knox College; our Before and After School Program participants gain role models in the form of college students they can look up to, while Knox students gain an impactful experience working with children, and get to do meaningful service in their community. Volunteers help the kids with homework, play alongside them during free time, and assist the YMCA instructors by creating new, fun programming ideas.
At the Y, we believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for life. Because of the Y, more young people in the Knox County community are taking a greater interest in learning and making smarter life choices. At the Y, children and teens learn positive values and positive behaviors, and can explore their own unique talents and interests, helping them realize their potential. That makes for confident kids today and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow. Learn more about our programs designed to nurture and cultivate youth development.