RTCC OutsideThe mission of the Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA is to build strong kids, strong families and a strong community by offering high quality, diverse, responsive and innovative programs and services. Our programs aim to improve the quality of life and develop the economic self-sufficiency of low-income children and their parents. The four core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility are at the heart of the YMCA’s mission and are incorporated into all programs. Learn more about the Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA and how to become a member.

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday:  9:00am–9:00pm
Saturday:             9:00am-2:00pm
Sunday:               Closed  (Rental Only)

 

Address & Phone:

790 Central Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06607
P 203.576.7430
F 203.576.7440
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Summer Program Guide

Cover of summer program guide YMCA with child on itMaking Summer Memories

The Y is for everyone! You and your family can be active all summer by participating in programs and classes, physical and social activities – that enhance your spirit, mind, and body. We have opportunities for you to pursue your interests, stay active and learn something new. Stay connected, make memories this summer – register for a Y Summer Program Session class or program. Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA Summer Program Guide 2019.

Our Summer Session runs June 17 – August 11, 2019.

Registration opens on Tuesday, May 28 for Members / Monday, June 3 for Community Members.


Get Your Game On

Man with basketballAdult Men’s Summer Basketball League

The Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA will be holding an adult summer
basketball league on Sunday mornings. This league intends to be competitive and fun. This is a great way for you and your friends to stay in shape.

  • 8 Team league
  • 8 Regular season game + Playoffs
  • Shirt provided
  • Certified officials

When: June 2– August 18

Time: 10 am – 1 pm

Fee: $650/ Team


Summer Time Basketball

Children play basketballYouth ECHO Summer Basketball League

We are excited to kick off another year of the ECHO Co-Ed Summer Basketball league. This league looks to continue our great tradition of basketball programming. This league is a great way for your child to meet and work with new people. Playing basketball is a great way to stay active and have fun while school is out.

Registration is limited so please register today.

  • Grades 4-12
  • Shirts will be provided
  • 10 players per team
  • Volunteer Coaches
  • Evaluation done to ensure even teams

When: June 17– August 8

Time: Check grade specific schedule

Fee: Free


Help Keep Your Kids Safe

YMCA-A_300x250-FINALDuring May, we will be offering Safety Around Water, a free program designed to engage and educate families about the importance of water safety skills.

Through the Safety Around Water program, parents and caregivers will be encouraged to help their children learn fundamental water safety and swimming skills.  During the course, child will learn how to respond if they find themselves in unexpected water situations – – from how to reach the water’s surface if they submerge to safely reaching a pool’s edge or exiting any body of water.

For detailed program information, please contact our Aquatics Department or Member Service Team. Class times and locations vary by program and Y Branch.


Women’s Wellness Weekend at YMCA Camp Hi-Rock

Come join us the weekend of May 31-June 2 for activities such as dance, yoga, low & high ropes, massages, creative crafts, waterfront activities and of course, delicious, healthy food! Since 2007, YMCA Camp Hi-Rock has been hosting a weekend just for women and girls. Don’t just dream about relaxation to start your summer- experience it! Meals, lodging and activities are included for the weekend and one night and day passes are also available To register or learn more visit: camphirock.org/camps/group-camping-retreats/


Spring Program Guide

For Investing in The Future

Building a better us includes keeping your kids safe – in an environment where they can feel comfortable to build upon their strengths.

The Y is just that place. Y programs and classes build confidence! Basketball, Tae Kwon Do and Drumming teach skills provide a space for personal development. Learn more about our programs in our Spring Brochure

Our Spring Session runs April 22 – June 9, 2019. Registration opens on Monday, April 1. 


Educational Workshops

Taylored for Success

Taylored for Success is a collaborative program that offers youth the opportunity to grow as a productive member of our community. This year long program gives members the chance to develop character, build professional habits and pursue dreams that were possibly thought unachievable! Workshops run throughout the year and members can register at any time.

The Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA would like to invite you to our Leadership Workshop Series! This is a great opportunity to meet with educators and tutors along with local businesses, community leaders, and athletes that will promote the Y’s emphasis on education, youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Learn from our guest speakers the importance of being responsible, accountable, and an advocate for your community.

WHO:  Families and youth between the ages of 12-18 are welcome.
HOW:  Stop by or call in to register yourself or your child.
COST:  The event is FREE to the public.  Breakfast/lunch are usually served
WHEN: Dates and times vary, call to find out! P 203 576 7430


Tutoring, Reading and Fun!

Join us and increase your reading and writing skills!  Enjoy a good story? Come join the book club to read and discuss great literature!

Ralphola Taylor Community Center Literacy Club

Where:  Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA

When: Scheduling based on your availability – give us a call. Below

 

Harding Literacy Club

Where:  Harding High School Resource Center

When:  Every Friday 3-5pm

Contacts:  the Y 203 576 7439 or Camille Harris at 203 275 2797 Harding Resource Center

 


Arts & Humanities

Ages: 4 – 12

Dance

Dancing is important to children of all ages, whether it is for exercise or just for fun and entertainment.  Dancing can be a tool in which a child can express one’s self and plays a key role in their growth and development.

Arts & Crafts

Arts & Crafts can be a fun way to encourage creativity in children and help them focus their minds on completing a set task.  For older children Arts & Crafts is a way to gain a better understanding of artistic and design skills that could help in their futures.

Music Lessons

Music has been a part of youth education for a long time. Music lessons aid in the enhancement of a child’s spatial reasoning and creative thought and is essential to their success in math and science.


After School Program

The After-School Program runs Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and serves at-risk youth in grades K-8. Our program provides a safe haven and opportunities to the youth in the East End of Bridgeport. Each child is assisted in completing schoolwork or assigned worksheets, receives a healthy snack and participates in a rotating schedule of activities that includes dance, performing arts, arts and crafts, and sports rather than the company of the TV set or the local street corner. Programs run throughout the school year.


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