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Every year, local children lose their lives to accidental drowning.  In reality, not all children can or will learn to swim.  But - all children can learn skills that can prevent an accidental drowning.  A program that can introduce lifesaving skills to young children could save their life in a water crisis.  If children are introduced to the water at a young age, overcome their fear of the water and gain enough confidence in water skills, lives will be saved.  The primary purpose of the Save Our Kids Water Safety Program is to teach children to be in control of the water, rather than the water being in control on them. 

The Henderson Family YMCA, in cooperation with Aycock Recreation Center, offers lifesaving skills to all 2nd grade elementary students in Vance County schools.


Girls on the Run® of Northern NC launched in 2010 by Henderson Family YMCA, Granville Vance District Health Department, and the Henderson Junior Woman’s Club. The program now serves approximately 130 girls at 10 sites in Northern NC.

Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity based on positive youth development program for girls in 3rd through 8th grade. We teach life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

Girls on the Run is an Affiliate Council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of over 200 councils across the United States and Canada.


SilverSneakers fitness programs are the nation’s leading fitness program designed exclusively for Active Older Adults. Participating in SilverSneakers classes improves cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance, body composition, flexibility, speed, power, agility, and balance and coordination.

One out of five people 65 or older is eligible for a SilverSneakers membership. If you’re a group retiree, or part of a Medicare Advantage or Medicare Supplement Health plan, you may already have a SilverSneakers membership. Be active in this adult wellness program. To find out if your health plan offers SilverSneakers, simply call 252-438-2144 or stop by the Henderson Family YMCA. If you’re eligible, just sign up. No fees. It’s that easy. Spouses and families must join separately.


STRIDE is a fun afterschool character development program for boys.  The boys look forward to time with their friends and making new friends. Throughout the program, the focus is on doing one’s personal best, not competing with each other. Each STRIDE team meets twice a week for 10 weeks.  Trained volunteer coaches start each session with an introduction of the day’s character-building lesson, followed by a warm-up, group discussion, running workout and interactive games. In each session, the boys build the stamina, techniques and confidence to run a 5K. Boys who demonstrate excellent character are rewarded with a STRIDE dog tag at the end of the lesson. At the conclusion of the ten-week session, the boys celebrate by participating in a 5K with their coaches, parents and running partners.
STRIDE gives boys the opportunity to share and explore issues that they face in school, at sports, in the community and at home. They learn the importance of being a good friend, working as a team, saying no to drugs and making good decisions. We want to help boys become young men who KNOW what is right, CARE what is right and DO what is right.