Changes in 2020
YMCA Bright Beginnings ensures that all children are given the necessary tools to prepare for learning and a brand new school year. While this year is undoubtedly different due to COVID-19, the YMCA is moving forward with offering a unique, but familiar, Bright Beginnings program in 2020.
Through the program children will receive a backpack with school supplies, a hygiene bag, and a tote of winter clothing items to help prepare them for a great school year. In order for a child to participate in Bright Beginnings, they must first qualify for the program.
For more information on qualification requirements please contact Liz Harris, Director of Volunteer and Community Engagement, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make a difference in your community and help prepare a child for success in school. Caring adult volunteers are needed for a variety of roles to help make YMCA Bright Beginnings a success.
Volunteer Opportunities Include:
- Making a donation
- Donating basic school supplies and new book bags
For more information, email Liz Harris, Director of Volunteer Engagement.
Actual school supply lists will vary by school and grade. The following items are found most commonly on school supply lists:
|Suggested Items||Optional Items|
|Backpack||2 red pens|
|Colored pencils||1 box of tissues|
|Crayons (24 count)||4 oz. bottle of school glue|
|4 glue sticks||1 box of storage bags (quart or gallon)|
|Magic markers (washable, primary colors)||Small pencil sharpener|
|2 marble composition notebooks (wide-ruled)||Flash drive (minimum of 16 gb preferred)|
|1 pack No. 2 pencils (not mechanical)|
|4 plastic pocket folders|
|Scissors (5 inch)|
|2 spiral notebooks (wide-ruled)|
|3-ring binder (1 1/2 inch)|
|1 pack, filler paper (wide ruled)|
|2 erasers, large|
|1 pack, white index cards|
|1 pack, blue or black pens|
What Bright Beginning Means
“Several years ago our family was fortunate enough to be recommended to participate in this amazing program. During a period when money was tight in our household not only did Bright Beginnings help us by alleviating some of the financial stress associated with the beginning of a new school year, but they also gave our children an opportunity to get excited about going back to school. We are so blessed to have a program like this available to us, and I will always be grateful to the many people within our community who willingly volunteer their time and money each year to make this happen.”
-Shannon, former YMCA Bright Beginnings participant
You can help put a child on the path to success. A $150 contribution underwrites the cost of one child. When you donate, you can designate your contribution to a specific branch that serves students in your area. Don’t forget to select Bright Beginnings.