The YMCA Community School Programs offer interest based clubs over the lunch hour and after school in 13 schools in London. These programs are made possible through the support of the United Way, in partnership with the London District Catholic School Board and Thames Valley District School Board. Clubs focus on developing literacy skills and also promote positive life skills such as physical activity, healthy lifestyles, and self-esteem. Programs vary from interest based clubs such as Mini Chefs, Yoga Kids, and Video Drama, to clubs which offer vital services to the school community such as Homework Club and Breakfast Club. In addition to clubs running during the school year, PD Day Programs and the Summer Fun Club are offered at selected sites.
Financial assistance is available to families that would like to participate but cannot afford the full cost of the program to ensure that children are able to participate regardless of financial barriers. Community School Programs offer a means for families to participate in interest based programs right in the school community.