The YMCA of Greater Flint has announced it has been awarded a portion of a $2.3-million grant from the Michigan Department of Education to provide summer learning opportunities for children in summer programs. Local YMCAs throughout Michigan have joined together to deliver a coordinated program to support children, families, and schools while they recover from the pandemic and prepare for a successful return to the school year.

 “For over 100 years, the Flint Y and Camp Copneconic have been leaders in summer programming,” said Shelly Hilton, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Flint. “We are excited and honored to help our local kids heal and recover from an incredibly difficult year.”

 Camp Copneconic, at 10407 N. Fenton Rd. in Fenton Township, has served thousands of families since 1915. Add 700 acres of beautiful, serene property, a medley of historical and modern facilities, and a long-standing reputation of caring staff.

 “The Y is prepared to work with schools to overcome the challenges facing students, families and communities,” said Fran Talsma, executive director for the Michigan Alliance of YMCAs. “To effectively combat COVID learning loss, in- and out-of-school learning needs to be connected and seamless. We have the capacity and expertise to support schools and help achieve positive outcomes for

students. The Y is ready to meet the academic, social-emotional, physical, and nutritional needs of children and is committed to strong collaborations to improve the academic success and overall well-being of children.” 

 The Ys summer programs will focus on fun, keeping kids safe, active, fed, and engaged with other children and adults. The support from the Michigan Department of Education allows Ys to offer traditional camp programs that are enhanced to address the unique academic needs created by the pandemic.

 YMCA of Greater Flint and Camp Copneconic are still accepting registrations for these programs. To sign up, visit campcopneconic.org. They are also still hiring for some positions. Information to join the staff team can be found at campcopneconic.org/about-us/employment/.

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