The New Meadowlands Y is a place where people of all ages can come together under one roof to enjoy the things that are important to them, a place where you feel welcomed and motivated to try the things you might have been afraid to in the past.
Each day, everyone from pre-schoolers to seniors, those with diverse backgrounds and abilities will gather to pursue a broad range of educational, recreational and health-related activities.
MARA FAMILY DAY CARE CENTER
The center will provide a safe, secure and enriching environment to meet the needs of the children raised in a growing southern Bergen County work force. Parents will leave their youngsters at our Day Care Center trusting that their precious little ones are professionally cared for and will flourish through group and independent learning experiences in a welcoming, nurturing environment. Our philosophy of education is that children learn best through play. The youngest children will be engaged in fun-filled educational activities as they learn how to share, take turns, how to interact with their peers, and to start learning the concepts of the preschool standards in mat h and language arts.
Finally, the new facility will accommodate more youth in after-school programs such as “Generation Us” and School Break Clubhouse and allow us to expand our services to include infants.
Spin and Group Exercise/ Dance studios as well as a dedicated senior wellness studio will provide space for comprehensive Healthy Living programs.
The multipurpose spaces will align community development initiatives with our social responsibility values by offering new programs in areas such as job training, activities for individuals with special needs, health and wellness learning, academic enrichment, cultural art classes, healthy cooking lessons, leadership development, and much more.
The lab will support computer literacy and promote a STEAM curriculum (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) ensuring the young ones are prepared for the modern workforce. Other classes will educate the less tech-savvy adults how to surf the web and use a computer.
As an organization deeply committed to supporting healthy living and changing behaviors for the better, the Y’s new Cooking Studio allows our community members to expand their culinary skills and knowledge in an effort to bring back the family dining experience.
This area for cardiovascular and strength training will allow specialized health programs for individuals of all ages and abilities. Feeling good enriches our lives every day and in the case of older adults, allows all members of a community to remain active and social by building confidence and instilling courage. The expansive center will house equipment such as treadmills, free weights, stationary bicycles, and rowing machines for members’ fitness needs and provide space for wellness evaluations, nutritional counseling and personal training.
Whether you prefer land-based exercise or water workouts, our trainers will personalize workouts based on your lifestyle—from working professionals to athletes to new moms and more. We’ll assess your goals and needs, and support your path to a healthy lifestyle.
This expansive area is for team sport activities which is a critical community need. Today’s children face the presence of gangs, the lure of alcohol and drugs, peer pressure and bullying at early ages. Teamwork, sense of accomplishment, sense of belonging and self-confidence are character development issues that not only embody the Y spirit but also successfully combat negative social pressure. Our goal is to help build stronger, healthier, more resilient youth. Southern Bergen County currently lacks sufficient gym space to serve its residents. With a multipurpose gym, the Y will offer many additional activities including competitive sports programs, open gym sessions for all ages, gymnastics, and rock climbing.
SOCIAL MEETING SPACES
These will provide teens, adults, and seniors with a place to gather socially for organized activities. A Senior Center will help us further develop an Active Older Adults program where members can participate in discussion groups, games, and lectures. Local teens will have a Teen Center to “hang out” with peers as well as mentors and participate in healthy and positive activities that are critical to the well-being of “tomorrow’s adults”.
With a partner we will provide a high-level of rehabilitative programming and introduce a new audience to the Y Member Services. This partnership will collectively strengthen the community’s most vulnerable members. Additionally, numerous educational symposiums will be offered.
With a competition pool and therapy pool we will serve the growing number of community swimmers. Currently, our members participate in aquatic programs at the Rutherford High School pool that is now at capacity. While programs at the Rutherford pool would continue, a new state-of-the-art pool will allow us to expand our aquatic programs, which will be available to individuals of all ages and develop programs such as rehabilitation for seniors, special needs programs for all ages, and additional year-round competitive swim programs.
This program will provide drop-in child care while mom or dad make use of the Y. Playful, engaging options are plentiful for young children while you exercise or connect with others over shared interests.
The stage will grow or our cultural performance programming while offering terrific live music as well as dramatic and dance performances for the whole family! This space will be available to other groups in the community.
All of the YMCA’s Administrative offices will be relocated to this space which will streamline our operations. The Nancy Sangiorgi Conference Room will host training programs and community meetings.