Community Outreach

The community outreach programs at the YMCA works to connect our services to youth and families throughout the Rock River Valley.  The Y was created in response to social challenges and remains to this day a lifeline in communities around the world. The Y understands these challenges that keep individuals from reaching their full potential and responds with programs, services, and support for people to become more self-reliant, productive and connected to the community.

AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country.

AmeriCorps programs do more than move communities forward; they serve their members by creating jobs and providing pathways to opportunity for young people entering the workforce. AmeriCorps places thousands of young adults into intensive service positions where they learn valuable work skills, earn money for education, and develop an appreciation for citizenship.

AmeriCorps State members support a wide range of local service programs that engage thousands of Americans in intensive community service each year. Here in our community, AmeriCorps members will serve in impactful programs and services that will change the future of our youth. From Project 505 to STEM in our after-school programs, all of our members will truly be rooted in service to our youth and community.  Learn More

Kid's Place 1 & 2 provides secure waiting rooms within both the Winnebago County Courthouse and the Winnebago County Criminal Justice Center for children ages two through twelve. The facilities are available free of charge to parents and guardians who are conducting business at one of the courthouses.
 
For more information, contact:
Sharetha Hopson, Program Director
779-774-442

The Roger Reno Mobile Community Center is designed to engage youth and adolescents in our community right in their neighborhoods. By offering programming that is specifically designed to teach our youth core values that make strong adults, we aim to make positive changes that build a stronger, more resilient community. The Mobile Community Center strives to provide youth with the skills to lead physically and social emotional healthy lifestyles.

The Mobile Community Center is specifically designed with our community in mind. Our mobile unit staff deliver wellness, fitness, and nutrition services to underserved neighborhoods in the Rockford area. By offering opportunities for exercise, play, and learning in a safe yet familiar environment, we will be directly improving the quality of life for our area’s youth. Learn More

The YMCA operates three Teen Centers in the area. Teens ages 13-19 have access to teen centers located at:

I.D. Pennock Family YMCA, 200 Y Boulevard
Grades 6-12
Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Saturday: 4:30-8:30 p.m.
Tuesday/Thursday: 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Northwest Community Center, 1325 N. Johnston Avenue
Grades 6-8
Monday-Saturday: 5:00-8:00 p.m.
 
Salvation Army, 210 Kilburn Avenue
Grades 9-12
Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 7:00-9:00 p.m.           
 
For more information contact:
Leslee Scurlock, Youth and Family Program Director
815-489-1195
 

Walking School Bus provides a safe and healthy way for kids to get to Lewis Lemon and Ellis Elementary schools. Families within a mile and a half of the schools don’t have access to buses. YMCA staff members walk a set route around the neighborhood each morning school is in session. As they walk children join the group and get to school on time and safely. The two routes walked more than 300 miles last year! The YMCA is able to provide this program with funding from the United Way of Rock River Valley and in partnership with the Rockford Housing Authority.
 
For more information, contact:
Sharetha Hopson, Program Director
815-489-1194