Advocacy & Collaboration
Through strong community collaborations and partnerships, the Y works to meet the needs of the community and those we serve through a variety of avenues and opportunities.
Boys & Girls Club of Fond du Lac
The Y and Boys & Girls Club are committed to strengthening our community through programs that nurture the full potential of our youth providing guidance and support to help them lead healthy and enriching lives. Working together, we are able to reach more kids and have a greater impact on the community than either organization could dream of doing alone.
All youth in grades 1 to 12 with a full-paid YMCA membership receive a $20 voucher towards the school year membership to the Club, entitling the child to participate in the Club afterschool program (based on space availability), and on days off and half-days of school, at a discounted membership rate.
A few of the other programs we have developed as a result of this revolutionary collaboration include Just Play, a free afterschool program that encourages youth to stay active by doing some sort of physical activity, Kidz Fit, a physical activity, nutrition and lifestyle program for children in third grade, Teen fitness classes, and monthly family night events.
The Fond du Lac Family YMCA and Agnesian HealthCare are now collaborating to offer on-site physical therapy services - conveniently located at the Y!
A physical therapist with the Agnesian HealthCare Sports, Spine & Work Center, sees patients at the Y, helping to get them back to doing the things they love most. Whether recovering from an injury, learning how to prevent future or reoccurring injuries, or interested in enhancing overall fitness and sports performance, personalized care is given to patients.
Available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. with services available to both Y members and non-members.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call 920.923.7940.
Fond du Lac Area School District
The YMCA Child Care Center is a community partner site for the Fond du Lac School District 4-year-old kindergarten (4K) program, which is a free, half-day, experience for children that are 4 years old by September 1 and are a Fond du Lac School District resident or have completed the Open Enrollment form.
In addition, the Y is working with the School District to bring our Y5210 program to all 3rd grade classrooms within Fond du Lac and surrounding communities. This program was created to teach kids healthy choices and remind them that every day, they should consume at least 5 servings of fruit or vegetables, have 2 or less hours of "screen time", get 1 hour of exercise and drink 0 sugar-sweetened drinks.
Living Well FDL Coalition
The Living Well FDL coalition is a combination of the Healthy Kids & Community Coalition as well as additional key stakeholders in the Fond du Lac community. The coalition is comprised of individuals representing multiple sectors within Fond du Lac county, including healthcare, education, business, parents, not-for-profit agencies, recreation/fitness, and government. As community volunteers, the coalition is working to positively affect community wellness, by promoting and facilitating system changes in order to make it easier for Fond du Lac residents to live a healthier lifestyle.
As was evidenced by the key findings in the most recent County Health Priorities Survey, obesity remains a top concern in Fond du Lac County with 30% of residents being obese. The goal of the coalition is to increase the number of people in our county who are at a healthy weight for their height.
Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run is a 501c3 youth development program with a mission to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. The 24-lesson curricula empowers girls with a greater sense of self-awareness, a sense of achievement, a foundation in team building and a commitment to enhancing their communities, all in order to help them become strong, content, healthy, confident women.
Girls on the Run of Fond du Lac is proud to be partnering with the Fond du Lac School District, Fond du Lac School District Recreation Department, Fond du Lac Family YMCA, Boys & Girls Club of Fond du Lac and Women’s Fund of the Fond du Lac Area Foundation.
Well City Fond du Lac Initiative
The YMCA is part of a coalition of Fond du Lac area businesses working with Fond du Lac Area Businesses on Health (FABOH) to achieve a Well City designation. The program seeks to enhance employee wellness while reducing healthcare costs.
To receive a Well City designation, at least 20 employers – or about 6,000 employees – need to meet wellness program requirements set by the Well Council of America (WELCOA). The designation stems from the council’s Well-Workplace awards.