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At the Y, youth can strengthen their minds and make new friends through programs that enrich, educate, and encourage them to explore their passions and be themselves.

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Babysitting Training Course

$55 $85 12-15

Downtown Boise Y: Jul 25 | Feb 22 | Oct 3
West Boise Y: Aug 15 | Sep 19 | Dec 12

This one-day course includes ASHI-Approved Certification card and can help young adults interview for suitable babysitting positions. Participants will learn how to choose safe and age-appropriate toys and games, prevent injuries and be prepared if an emergency happens, handle bedtime issues, and more!

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Ballet and Creative Movement

Ages 3–5 $20 | Ages 7–10 $41 Ages 3–5 $30 | Ages 7–10 $55 3–5 | 7–10

4-week sessions occur monthly

Caldwell YMCA (Ages 3–5): Wed, 4:30–5pm
South Meridian YMCA (Ages 7–10): Fri, 5:40–6:25pm

This program introduces boys and girls to the art of dance with a focus on basic ballet elements and techniques. For the youngest children, the goal is to tap into the child’s creative nature and to make them aware of their abilities through the physical expression of their imagination. The older students will build on this idea, improving technique, and foundational principles.

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Find Your Roots

Free Free 15–19 January 28, 2021 - May 6, 2021

Thu, 4–5pm

Dig deep into the history of your family by participating in fun, social activities with your peers. Along with learning about your individual family history, you’ll also have the opportunity to engage in discussions about immigration.

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Little Monkeys Climbing Class

$74 $108 4-6
Jan 7–Feb 4: Thu, 4–5pm
Feb 11–Mar 11: Thu, 4–5pm
Mar 18–Apr 15: Thu, 4-5pm
Apr 22–May 20: Thu, 4–5pm

Climbing plays a key role in early childhood motor skills development. Boosts physical skills such as balance, hand and foot coordination, and agility. In addition to learning a new skill of climbing, your child will learn the Y values of CARING, HONESTY, RESPECT, and RESPONSIBILITY.

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Sensory Storytime

Free $6.75 Youth
THRIVE Center: Thu, 11:45am–12:30pm

Where the stories come to life! Come read a story, sing songs, and make friends in the THRIVE Center. We start each class with a welcoming song followed by an interactive book read by one of our amazing volunteers.

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THRIVE Arts and Crafts

$10 $15 All ages
THRIVE Center: 3rd Thursday every month, 6:30–7:45pm

Join us once a month for in the THRIVE Center for an arts and crafts activity! Every month will feature a different theme and activity.

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THRIVE Music Therapy

$240 $240 5+ March 1, 2021 - May 10, 2021
Ages 5–8: Mon, 4:45–5:45pm
Ages 9–12: Mon, 5:45–6:45pm
Ages 13+: Mon, 3:45–4:45pm

Learn about a variety of sounds and musical instruments in this 60-minute class! Participants will focus on individual and group goals, such as social and emotional skills. 

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