It takes a village…


You would be hard-pressed to find someone that would argue the fact that it’s important to invest in young people and in our community.

And that’s exactly why the YMCA Strong Kids program is so well received in Brandon. Not only does it support youth, it supports their families and the entire community.

The YMCA Strong Kids program equals opportunity. It’s an opportunity for children, young adults, and families to be active, to be healthier.

YMCA Board Member and Strong Kids Campaign Co-chair Jillian DeCosse said that although the campaign is national and runs at YMCAs across the country, the funds that are raised stay right here in our community and directly benefit Westman residents.

“Last year, 600 families were impacted by the Strong Kids program. This is people who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to access some of the programs that are offered at the YMCA,” said DeCosse.

The campaign provides funding for full YMCA memberships, summer day camps, child care, youth programs, swimming lessons, gymnastics and all other recreational options available at the YMCA when financial pressures make it difficult for families to be involved on their own.

A small donation can go a long way, in fact, just $10 a month allows a child the opportunity to attend the popular YMCA day camps that kids just love to be a part of.

“I’m a strong supporter of the YMCA and the Strong Kids program because I know that there is a good portion of children in our community who might not get the chance to participate in these type activities which help them to grow up to be productive members of our society,” said DeCosse.

There are many ways to support the YMCA Strong Kids program – donate online ( or visit the Member Services desk. You can also participate in the upcoming YMCA Spring Run on May 27 which supports the Strong Kids campaign.