Ann Arbor YMCA launches Y on the fly program

In 2018, the Ann Arbor YMCA provided programming at 36 different sites across Washtenaw and Southern Livingston County and Camp Al-Gon-Quian in northern Michigan. These sites allowed us to bring the Y in to the community: in fact, during 2018 the Y served 27,333 community members; and, with the launch of the Y on the FLY program we are poised to reach even more.

This summer the Y is launching a new mobile community physical activity program for youth ages 5-13: Y on the FLY delivering programming to sites in Ypsilanti and, starting in August, Pinckney; with collaborators delivering programming in other communities. A Pinckney program Kick-Off will be held on August 10, 10 am-noon at the Pinckney Community Public Library, 125 Putnam Street Pinckney MI 48169.

The weekly Ypsilanti locations and times are as follows:

Monday • 10:00-11:30 Fortis Academy 875 Golfside Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
• 3:00-4:30 Ypsilanti District Library, Superior Branch, 8795 MacArthur Boulevard

Tuesday • 10:45-11:30 Washtenaw County Playground Program- Sugarbrook Grace Fellowship Church 1301 S. Harris Rd. Ypsilanti, MI • 12:30-2:00 Golfside Lake Apartments, 2345 Woodridge Way, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 • 3:00-4:30 Evergreen Apartments, 3089 Woodland Hills Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Wednesday • 10:00-11:30 Glencoe Hills Apartments, 2201 Glencoe Hills Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 • 12:30-2:00 Sauk Trail Pointe, 928 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 • 3:00-4:30 Ypsilanti District Library- Downtown, 229 W Michigan Avenue Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Thursday • 10:45-12:30 Washtenaw County Playground Program- West Willow New Covenant Church, 2345 Tyler Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48198 • 12:30-2:00 Hollow Creek,118-124 S Grove St, Ypsilanti, MI 48198

Friday • 12:30-2:00 Schooner Cove Apartments, 5050 Schooner Cove Dr. Ypsilanti, MI 48197

A full program schedule will be posted and updated as our sites are confirmed. We will not have programming September 2-6.

Supported by the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan and the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, the Ann Arbor Y with its collaborators Detroit YMCA, Blue Water YMCA and Monroe YMCA will endeavor to reach 10,500 youth at 87 sites in 15 communities across a seven-county region of southeast Michigan. The project is in response to recommendations from the Aspen Institute’s State of Play report which identified eight strategies to keep kids physically active through sport, regardless of their zip code or ability level. The strategies include: asking kids what they want to play, reintroducing free play, encouraging sport sampling, revitalizing in-town leagues that are less expensive and time-consuming than travel leagues, partnering with school districts and local government, ensuring developmentally-appropriate program for all, providing supportive training for volunteer coaches and emphasizing injury prevention.

Tess Jackson, MSW will direct this program and will supervise staff who will deliver the programming through two vans equipped with sports equipment which will arrive on a schedule throughout the year for sports sampling, a snack and parent education. The goal is to visit each site twice weekly during the summer and at least once a week during the school year. During times when the vans are not present, the Y will provide a sports equipment lending library managed by the Community Foundation and housed within each community so that kids can borrow what they need to be active.

“At the Y, we believe that every kid deserves to spend the summer playing, meeting new friends and making new adventures,” said Steve Petty, VP of Healthy Living and Social Responsibility at the Ann Arbor YMCA. “Every summer the Ann Arbor YMCA provides hundreds of kids with healthy, fun and educational experiences through our residential and day camp programs. Thanks to the Y on the Fly program, we will be able to bring a fun and active program to many more kids in areas where we do not have a physical building.”

For more information please contact Tess Jackson, Y on the Fly Director at 734.661.2094 or tjackson@annarborymca.org