YMCA Honored with Adult Education Programming Award

The North Suburban YMCA has announced today that its Adult Education Series (AES), spearheaded by Adult Program Coordinator Karen Brownlee, has received the 2020 YMCA Program Excellence award. The award presentation was held at the Illinois Fall Staff Virtual Meeting held on September 22-24.

The Y’s Adult Education Series has grown to be one of its most popular and innovative adult offerings. Their virtual and live programming features Brain Games, Social Networking, the Y Social Club, the Caregivers Support Group, a virtual walking club, adult fitness classes, Seniorpalooza, and a variety of presentations discussing the latest in health and the community, with speakers from Northwestern Medicine, the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, as well as financial and law experts.

NSYMCA CEO Kathy Fielding commended Brownlee’s steadfast leadership of AES stating that, “Karen is a powerhouse of energy, innovation, and compassion. She always stays one step ahead of what our adult

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Upstate YMCA expands childcare to help with eLearning

LAURENS, SC (FOX Carolina) — The YMCA of the Lakelands, which serves Abbeville, Greenwood and Laurens counties, is expanding their child development program to help kids with eLearning.



an office with a desk and chair in a room: Staff set up a makeshift classroom for some of the youngest students at the Laurens YMCA. (Sept. 23, 2020 / FOX Carolina)


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Staff set up a makeshift classroom for some of the youngest students at the Laurens YMCA. (Sept. 23, 2020 / FOX Carolina)




a group of people sitting at a table with a blue chair: The gym at the Laurens YMCA is filled with tables where students can work on eLearning. (Sept. 23, 2020 / FOX Carolina)


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The gym at the Laurens YMCA is filled with tables where students can work on eLearning. (Sept. 23, 2020 / FOX Carolina)


Before the pandemic they had four child development programs, but CEO Brian Harlan said they’ve now added a fifth at the Laurens YMCA.

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They’ve expanded hours and ages for their after school child development program, now allowing students through high school to attend during the day.

At the Laurens branch, Harlan said enrollment can average about 100 students a day.

They’ve converted the gymnasium into a

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