Summer is here! That means it’s time for the Y Guides team to begin preparing for the 2020-2021 program year. The spring and summer of 2020 have been challenging for us all. As we navigate a new normal, we believe that the Y Guides program is more important now than ever before. Dads and kids must be there for one another and we are proud to provide programming and resources to strengthen that bond.
The safety and well-being of our participants remains our top priority. We will make adjustments to our program year according to recommendations from state and local officials, but first thing’s first: We want to provide you with the information you need now for a successful program year beginning in September.
If your child is a rising first-grader, summer is the perfect time to begin preparing to join Y Guides in the fall! Our program begins in first grade and continues to the end of the third-grade year. Each program year begins in September, with more than 1,000 brand-new Y Guides dads participating in our First-Year Dads Trainings. But before we get to those trainings, there’s important work for first-year dads to accomplish; most importantly: Forming your Y Guides group.
Each Y Guides group has approximately 6-10 father-child pairs and is organized by age and gender. First-year participants are encouraged to begin the year having already formed their group. Think about the families you know in your neighborhood, school, church, sports teams, camps or other shared activities. Are there dads with kids who are the same age and gender as your child? There you have it! Make a plan to join Y Guides together!
Need some additional help forming a Y Guides group? The 2020-21 Y Guides Group Formation group on Facebook is a great place to meet some prospective Pals and Friends. In the coming weeks and months, we will provide more resources and next steps for joining Y Guides. In the meantime, let us know that you want to be kept in the loop! Fill out this online form to receive updates about joining Y Guides for the 2020-2021 program year.