ALTON — The Alton YWCA is on a mission to empower families through summer programming for school-aged youth.
Summer camp is for children ages 5 to 12. The YWCA is offering an opportunity for an unforgettable summer for children from kindergarten age to sixth grade with field trips, builder projects, outdoor adventures, mad scientist experiments, gardening and cooking projects and more. Children can:
- Explore natural areas;
- Help build a catapult, along with take-home projects;
- Enjoy kitchen chemistry projects, make electricity and experiment with physics;
- Write graphic novels, solve mysteries and learn how to survive just about anything Mother Nature might someday throw at them.
The program aims to make learning fun when it comes to culture, history, government, manufacturing and local businesses.
Children will choose electives such as science and math, drama and creative play, and reading. The YWCA wants to encourage curiosity, develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills and keep academic skills fresh all summer. The program teaches children to appreciate diversity, encourages volunteerism through service learning and provides activities for physical wellness and play during the day. Cost is $26 per day, breakfast, lunch and snack included, registration and activity fees apply. This program is state-licensed and CHASI-eligible.
The YWCA is recruiting middle school and high school students who are interested in discovering more about themselves and using words to create power within their own lives and the lives of those around them. The Luminous Life Poetry Project was created and directed by Sherry McCrady for young women who would like to share their voices or are searching for their voices.
Since 2014, more than 30 young women have embarked in self-discovery through poetry, exploring personal values, motivation and goals, and sharing these through poetry. Poetry allows young women to express themselves freely while encouraging them to develop writing skills and a love for reading. The program culminates in a spoken word and poetry recital event, known as the Crystalline Event, where young women share their journey through written and spoken word as well as visual arts with their families, friends and community members.
This program meets from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for eight Monday evenings beginning June 13. While there is no cost for this program, participants will be required to pre-register and commit to meeting dates. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or (618) 465-7774.
Lego dinosaur robotics
The Alton YWCA will host a special dinosaur summer camp June 20-23. Bricks 4 Kidz will present this camp in which children age 6-13 will build motorized and remote-control models of a brontosaurus, velociraptor, Tyrannosaurus rex and more.
The camp is 9 a.m. to noon Monday to Thursday, June 20 to 23, at the Alton YWCA, 304 E. Third St. Space is limited so spots should be reserved soon.
As a special introduction, the cost is $75 with a $20 discount for additional siblings.
Register online at bricks4kidz.com/stl-metroeast or call (618) 218-5590. Bricks 4 Kidz is an international children’s education franchise that puts on summer camps, Kidz Nights Out, birthday parties, after-school programs and Scout workshops. The Metro East franchise is a woman-owned business that presents programs in Alton, Edwardsville, Collinsville, Columbia and Belleville.