8th Grade Initiative – 8GI

Our Mission

The Y recognizes that as kids face the challenges of adolescence they are more likely to begin distancing themselves from formal organizations, friends and family to engage and experiment in unhealthy behaviors. The Jefferson City Area YMCA’s 8th Grade Initiative (8GI) offers an alternative where these youth can make new friends, discover their passions and begin to develop and cultivate a healthy lifestyle at a young age. As Jefferson City’s leader in promoting a strong mind, body and spirit we want to ensure these youth are set up for future success through an active lifestyle.

Our Program

Any 8th grade student is eligible for a free membership at the Jefferson City Area YMCA during the duration of their 8th grade year. A membership application must be completed for a student to take part. Registration for the program will open at the time of JCPS registration and will remain open through the school year. 8GI members have full access to all three Jefferson City Area YMCA facilities. Specialized programs and classes will be offered for 8GI participants throughout the year. Membership will be effective through July 31, 2020.

Our Goals

•Promote YMCA Character Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.
•Increase physical and mental wellness.
•Provide a safe and secure atmosphere.
•Establish a sense of belonging in each child.
•Have fun!

How to Participate

A membership application must be completed for a student to take part. Registration will open August 12 and will remain open through the school year. To enroll, the student and a parent/guardian must complete an application at any of the Y’s three facilities. Proof of 8th grade enrollment for the school year is also required. Students who are already members, must enroll in order to participate in the activities.

8GI members have full access to the Jefferson City Area YMCA’s 3 facilities, which includes:
•Full use of cardio and strength equipment
•Group Exercise classes
•Pool use
•Basketball, tennis and racquetball courts
•Specialized 8GI programming opportunitie

For more information, call Isaac at 761.9504 or send an email to iwilliams@jcymca.org.

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