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YMCA of York

York YMCA 

Enrollment open for youth program 

The York YMCA, 90 N. Newberry St., has announced that enrollment is now open for the following youth programs: 

  • Girls Who Code, a free program for sixth through 10th grade girls where girls work in teams to use their coding skills to solve a real-world problem important to them. Meetings are 4-6 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the York YMCA. 
  • 7th Grade Initiative offers students an opportunity to receive a free YMCA Membership for the 2019-2020 school year. Students will receive full member privileges, which include use of YMCA indoor facilities during normal operating hours. The 7th Grade Initiative seeks to establish the YMCA as an important resource to young teens while providing a safe place where they can meet friends and a healthy environment. Meetings are held 4-6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the York YMCA. 
  • 8th Grade Bridge was developed to bridge the gap between middle school and high school for students. As a follow up to the 7th Grade Initiative, the free 8th Grade Bridge seeks to sustain the teachings and support of the YMCA by providing a safe place where students can continue to develop personally and academically. Meetings are held 4-6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesday at the York YMCA. 
  • Y-Achievers Program assists ninth through 12th grade students in pursuing their higher education and career goals by exposing them to diverse career options and providing role models whose success and knowledge will inspire them to reach their personal goals. The program features communication workshops, networking opportunities, tutoring, leadership development workshops, mentoring, college campus tours, access to EGUMPPS, financial literacy education and more. $25 registration fee. Meetings are held 9:30 a.m.- noon Saturdays at the York YMCA. 

For more information on these programs, contact Nacole Gaines at ngaines@yorkcoymca.org.  


Tax prep volunteers needed  

The AARP Tax-Aide Foundation Program is expanding its team of volunteers in York County for the upcoming tax season. Tax-Aide offers free tax filing help for those who need it most, especially adults 50 and older, during tax season. AARP membership is not required.  

AARP is looking for capable, motivated, compassionate and friendly volunteers . AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers receive training and continued support in a welcoming environment. There are a variety of roles for individuals at every level of experience who want to make a difference in someone else’s life. Volunteer tax preparers complete tax preparation training and IRS certification prior to working with taxpayers. There is also a need for grassroots leadership, on-site greeters and interpreters who can provide language assistance.  

Last year in York County, nearly 100 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers filed more than 4,100 federal, state and local tax returns. 

The program is offered at 18 locations in: York, Hanover, Delta, Dillsburg, Dover, Lewisberry,  

Manchester, Mount Wolf, Red Lion, Shrewsbury, Spring Grove and Wrightsville. 

For more information on how to get started as a volunteer, contact Dick Hershey at  

717-741-1868 or yorkaarptaxaide@gmail.com. 

Praise Community Church 

Dancer Poppin’ John SBK at conference 

World renowned dancer and NBC’s “World of Dance finalist” Poppin’ John SBK will visit Praise Community Church in York Friday and Saturday. 

Poppin’ John, John Austin, of Los Angeles, will speak, perform and offer dance tutorials to youth at the first ever “The Shout” Youth Conference at the church, 708 S. Ogontz St. 

The Shout Youth Conferences were created in the spring of this year, and their goal is to create an atmosphere where youth and young adults can encounter God.  

Tickets are $15-$45. For information, go to www.faithlikebirds.com/theshout. 

York Catholic 

Homecoming celebration 

York Catholic High School invites the community to its homecoming celebration, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 4-6.   

 The Homecoming Parade begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Memorial Stadium and ends at York Catholic.  Football pre-game festivities begin at 6:15 p.m., with the game against Fairfield kicking off at 7 p.m.  Marching band alumni should bring instruments and sit with the band.  Alumni cheerleaders will also perform. 

 On Saturday, graduates are invited to an Alumni Social, 6-9 PM at Central Market.  Tim Spangler, of the class of 1981 and chef at Mezzogiorno, and Jeff Lau, from the class of 1976 and owner of Mudhook, are the hosts.  

On Sunday, Mass in memory of Coach Jim Forjan will be held at 10 a.m. in the school auditorium.