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Y Kids Academy

 Y Kids Academy

According to the 2013 Active Healthy Kids Canada Report, only seven per cent of 5 to 11-year-olds, and four per cent of 12 to- 17-year-olds in Canada meet the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Children and Youth, which recommend at least 60 minutes of daily moderate to vigorous physical activity.  As part of the YMCA-YWCA’s commitment to children and youth, and with growing concerns around inactivity and poor health, the Y launched the Y Kids Academy. This program represents a major step in increasing opportunities for, and reducing barriers to, physical activity for kids. The Y Kids Academy combines physical activity with healthy living lessons and is available at no cost to kids in the 6th grade.

Healthy Habits Start Early – Y Kids Academy:  Grade 6 Initiative

The YMCA-YWCA is inviting ALL local grade six students in the National Capital Region – a priority group of children who generally experience decreasing activity levels – to participate at no cost in the Y Kids Academy. The Academy’s 12 hour program provides kids with instruction on strength training complemented by interactive healthy living lessons to highlight the benefits of being active and making positive, healthy choices.  Once successfully completed, the grade six students will receive a complimentary membership to the Y for one year, so they can stay active and practice their newly learned skills. 

Important Information and Resources:

  • See the schedule in our current program guide
  • Click here to see the invitation sent to all grade six student's parents
  • Click here to read a letter of support from CHEO
  • Click here to download a Y Kids Academy Registration Form

 Calling all Volunteers!

Make a positive and lasting impact in the life of a child – become part of something powerful!  We’re looking for a team of committed volunteers to join this exciting program as Academy Leaders .  Please see the volunteer/career section of this website for more information. 

For more information, please call  613-830-4199 ext. 3027 or email

Locations offering this program
Carlingwood Y 
Clarence-Rockland Y 
Ruddy Family Y 
Taggart Family Y