The Y Helps Meadowlands Area Children Learn to be Safe Around Water

Author: Y-USA
Date Posted: Friday, March 8, 2019

East Rutherford, March 8, 2019 – As part of the Y’s commitment to reduce drowning rates and keep kids safe in and around the water, the Meadowlands Area YMCA will provide scholarships for swim instruction and water safety to children from underserved communities in the Meadowlands Area.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fatal drowning is the second-leading cause of death for children ages one to 14 years old. In ethnically diverse communities, the youth drowning rate is two to three times higher than the national average, according to a USA Swimming study. Additionally 64 percent of African-American children, 45 percent of Latino children, and 40 percent of Caucasian children have no or low swimming ability.

“Educating children how to be safe around water is just as important as teaching them to look both ways before they cross the street,” said Megan White, Aquatics Director, Meadowlands Area YMCA. “The Y’s teaches children of all ages and backgrounds that water should be fun, not feared, and this practice not only saves lives it builds confidence.”

The Y has been a leader in providing swim lessons and water safety for more than 100 years. The Meadowlands Area YMCA continues to help youth and adults experience the joy and benefits of swimming, so they can be healthy, confident and secure in the water. There are a variety of programs to choose, including progressive and competitive swimming.

In addition to learning lifesaving water safety skills, children can increase their physical activity by swimming. Swimming also motivates children to strive for self-improvement, teaches goal orientation and cultivates a positive mental attitude and high self-esteem. It also teaches life lessons of sport and sportsmanship, so that children can learn how to work well with teammates and coaches and how to deal with winning and losing—skills that last a lifetime.

To learn how to qualify for financial assistance, please contact Megan White at (201) 955-5300 or at  

About the Meadowlands Area YMCA

Established in 1920, the Meadowlands Area YMCA is located in East Rutherford, New Jersey, in a service area of 127,000 households.  The Y provides more than $500,000 in financial assistance to over 2,500 local families living and working in East Rutherford, North Arlington, Wood-Ridge, Rutherford, Wallington, Secaucus, Lyndhurst, Carlstadt, Moonachie, Maywood, Little Ferry, Edgewater, and Hasbrouck Heights.  The Y’s 50+ site locations host programs committed to nurturing the potential of children, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility. They offer an array of programs that build mind, body and spirit for people of all ages and circumstances. The brand new 83,200 sq. ft. Meadowlands YMCA, on 390 Murray Hill Parkway in East Rutherford, opened May 19, 2017. The facility is the former training center of the NBA’s New Jersey Nets and is this Association’s first centrally located building.

About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. 


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